Yoga Pose of the Week: Easy Seat Pose (Sukhasana)
Easy seat also known as easy is an alternative for lotus pose. The name can be misleading. The ease comes from practicing and not the structure of the pose. The regular practice of Sukhasana leads to further opening of the hips and correction of spinal alignment. Sukhasana also opens the groin and abductors (outer thigh muscles). Sitting in Sukhasana strengthens the back and stretches the ankles and knees. It is recommended for those you suffer from stress and anxiety as it calms the mind.
Sit on your mat in a dandasana, seated staff pose. Your legs are extended in front of your body and your arms are to your sides. Then, cross your legs in front of you at the shins. If your hips are tight, avoid sitting flat on the floor. Prop yourself up on a blanket, two blankets, a bolster, a block, or a meditation pillow. This will help reduce stress and discomfort in your hips, knees, and back.
Find a neutral position in your pelvis, by gently rocking forward and back, and shift your hips side-to-side once you are in the pose. Once you are neutral, your pubic bone and tailbone should both be the same distance from the floor and both sit bones should have an even distribution of weight.
Place your hands on your knees or in your lap. Then align your head, neck, and spine. Lengthen your spine, Relax your feet and thighs. Gaze forward or close your eyes.
Hold for up to one minute or for the duration of your meditation or pranayama practice.
- Calms mind
- Strengthens back
- Stretches knees and ankles