Easy Pose

Easy pose Sukhasana

Sukhasana (Easy Pose) title comes from the Sanskrit word ‘Sukha’ meaning ‘Pleasure’. This pose is a meditative pose and is done with the crossing of the legs in the most simplest form unlike other meditative poses. This posture is excellent for meditation, pranayama and the beginning of a yoga class or at the end to bring the mind and breath under control.

Sukhasana is considered a base pose as sukhasana variations can be derived from this pose.Sukhasana is considered a warm-up yoga pose to prepare the body for more intense yoga poses / yoga flows.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1
Sit on the floor with your legs straight out in front of you; place your hands on the floor beside your hips, with your palms down and fingers pointing forward. Shake your legs up and down a few times to get the kinks out.
Step 2
Cross your legs at the ankles with the left leg on top and the right leg below.
Step 3
Press your palms on the floor, and slide each foot toward the opposite knee until your right foot is underneath your left knee and your left foot is underneath your right knee.
Step 4
Lengthen the spine by stretching your back in an upward motion, and balance your head over your torso.

Benefits and Contraindications

Benefits

Calms the mind.

Strengthens the back.

Keeps your hips mobile.

Good pose to practise for meditation or for Pranayama.

Improves Flexibility

Contraindications

Backache

Arthritis in Knees

Knee Surgery

Spine Issues

Sciatica

Weak Digestion

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Tips

In the classic (traditionally taught) posture, you drop your chin to your chest, extend your arms, and lock your elbows. It’s recommended, however, that you rest your hands on your knees with your palms down and elbows bent, and keep your head upright; that modification is more relaxing for beginners.

Modifications & Variations
  • Bowing Yoga Mudra Seated
  • Easy Pose Bound Hands
  • Easy Pose Forward Bend Side
  • Seated Lateral Side Bend Ball
  • Easy Pose Cactus Arms Joined
  • Easy Pose Side Bend Partner
  • Easy Pose Aerial
  • Easy Pose Forward Bend
  • Easy Pose Ball One Hand Raised
Top Preparatory Poses
  • Corpse Pose
  • Side Lying Corpse Pose
  • Child Pose
Top Follow-Up Poses
  • Easy Pose Neck Side Streach
  • Seated Neck Rolls
  • Easy Pose Warm Up Flow

Iana Varshavska
Iana Varshavska
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In love with yoga and everything that goes along with it. Iana has been actively practicing yoga for 5 years. In addition to practice, she studies various aspects of yoga philosophy, yoga anatomy, biomechanics, and holodynamics.