Easy Sitting Pose - Sukhasana

Sukhasana 
(Easy Sitting Pose)

This seated yoga pose translates as both 'joy' and 'comfort'. Practiced from the mat, it is a comfortable pose for yoga meditation. This yoga position also aligns the energy system, chakras, of the body to create balance and positive direction.


 

Benefits

Stress-Relief

Mental Clarity

Abdominal Stress-Relief

Proper Alignment


Contraindications/Cautions

Knee Injury

Do not practice for long periods of time if you suffer from spinal disc (lumbar) problems / injury.


Performing the Asana

Begin seated in Staff Pose with both feet stretched in front of you. Bend the right knee and place the sole over left thigh. The left knee is bent and the sole of the foot is placed over right thigh. 

Find your physical balance. 

Elongate from the hips through the spine all of the way to the base of the skull. Feel tall, strong, and balanced.

For meditation, place both the palms over the knees in mudra or relaxed. The eyes may close - the mind becomes blank and stress-free.

Practice deep even natural breath. 


Anatomical Focus

Hips / Hip Flexors

Mind

Spinal Column


Therapeutic Applications 

Anxiety

Stress-relief

Hip Tension


Modify Your Practice

You may add a blanket underneath the hips to release tension. Or, blocks may be placed beneath either knee for hip problems or hamstring tightness.


Variations

This yoga pose may be practiced with one ankle in front of the other (not touching or overlapping) if the knees or thighs have any pressure.


Complimentary Yoga Poses

Vajrasana (Cat Stretch Pose) 
Balasana (Child's Pose)
Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend Position)
Dhanurasana (Bow Bend Posture)