Asana of the Month: Easy Sitting (Sukhasana)

Easy sitting looks like a very simple pose. But, many people are not flexible enough to have both knees contacting the floor. If you are one of them, it is not a problem. Unlike other physical activities, yoga is not about no pain – no gain. Pain is your bodies way of telling you you have over extended yourself.

Yoga is not about pain, it is about peace, tranquility, and transcending to a higher level of consciousness. For many Americans, this aspect of yoga is ignored or forgotten.

While easy sitting may not be as easy as shown and described, your flexibility will increase with practice.

Easy sitting is another meditation pose like Lotus and Looking Within.

While it looks deceptively simple, easy sitting has many physical and mental benefits.

English Name: Easy Sitting

Sanskrit Name: Sukhasana

Difficulty Level: 1

Start Position: Staff

Instructions:

Step 1.

While sitting in Staff pose, bend your right foot forwards your body, rotating your right hip so your right knee rests on the floor.

Step 2.

Bend your left knee and align your left foot in from of your right ankle. Rest your hands on your knees with the palms up or down.

Step 3.

Remain in the pose as long as it feels comfortable and then repeat on the other side.

 

Physical Benefits:

  • Opens up the hips
  • Improves knee flexibility
  • Lubricates knee joint
  • Relieve or prevent arthritis
  • Tones abdominal muscles
  • Improves digestion
  • Tones back and shoulder muscles
  • Improves posture

Mental Benefits

  • Focuses the mind
  • Reduces stress
  • Reduces anxiety
  • Reduces mild depression

Contraindications:

  • Low back, hip, knee, or ankle injury