If you struggle while sitting in difficult meditative yoga poses or experience discomfort, then Easy Pose is the best meditative pose for you. Sukhasana is the simplest meditative posture and hence known as Easy Pose. It is an excellent pose for beginners and for those who have a very stiff body.
The Sanskrit name Sukhasana is derived from two words:
Sukh = Feeling of joy, pleasure or happiness
Asana = Posture or Comfortable seat
Steps to practice Sukhasana (Easy Pose)
- Sit straight with the legs stretched out in front of the body.
- Bend the left leg and place the left foot beneath right thigh.
- Similarly, bend the right leg and place the right foot beneath left thigh.
- Rest the outer edge of your feet on the floor.
- Adjust the body and legs to get comfortable in the pose.
- The head, neck and spine must be erect (without strain).
- Place the palms on the knees or thighs.
- Keep the shoulder relaxed and elbows a bit bent.
- Close your eyes and relax the whole body, take slow and deep breaths.
- Feel each and every breath moving in and out of the body.
- Practice for a minute or less if you feel discomfort.
- Practice twice by interchanging the position of the legs.
Keeping the spine straight might be tough in the beginning as most of us are habitual of sitting with our spine supported (while studying, while driving, in the office, while watching TV etc). Regular practice is the key to sit straight without any support, it makes our back muscles strong and prevents any kind of a backache or impending back disease.
Things you should know about Sukhasana (Easy Pose)
- After practicing more complex meditative yoga poses (such as Padmasana or Siddhasana) for a longer duration, Sukhasana can be practiced to relax the body.
- Even though Sukhasana is one the easiest meditation poses, you will be surprised to know that retaining it for longer duration is difficult.
- Difficult because in this posture the weight of the entire body is supported by the buttocks which give the body little space for support.
- Harder meditative poses such as Padmasana (Lotus Pose) are easy to hold for longer duration because knees are placed on the ground or are closer to the ground which creates a larger area to support body weight.
Precautions for Sukhasana (Easy Pose)
- Avoid practicing Easy Pose in case of severe knee pain, lower backache or sciatica.
- Gradually strengthens muscles of the back and improves body posture.
- Being a meditative pose it has relaxing effects on mind and body.
- Works as a preparatory pose for more difficult meditative poses.
- Builds physical and mental balance.
- Helpful in reducing stress and anxiety.
- Excellent for people having a stiff body.
- Creates flexibility in ankle, knee and hip joints.
- Improves concentration for achieving an effective meditation practice.
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