Sukasana – Easy Pose
Sukasana, Sukhasana is derived from the combination of the Sanskrit words Sukha(pleasure or easy or joyful) and asana (posture or pose). It is called as Easy Poseor Pleasant Pose or Decent Posein English.
Preparatory Poses for Sukhasana are Staff Pose (Dandasana), the Manibandha Naman (Wrist Bending Exercise) and Pranayama (The Yogic Breathing Technique); and the follow Up Poses are the Anulom-Vilom (Alternate Breathing Technique), Kapalbhati (Breath of Fire), Cat Stretch Pose (Vajrasana), Bow Pose (Dhanurasana), Standing Forward Bending (Uttanasana) and Child Pose (Balasana)
It is a great yoga pose for people who cannot do the Padmasana or Siddhasana. In India and many Asian countries, people usually sit in this position for almost every time. It is part of their daily routine. (Interestingly, they don’t even aware of this or practising the yoga). Even today’s busy life eastern people take their meals sitting on the floor in Sukhasana(Probably they don’t even know the name “Sukhasana”, and its great benefits).So,Sukhasana is simple for them. But, in western traditions, people usually sit on the chair. So, many westerners find Sukhasana difficult to practise. But it is one of the simplest yoga pose; even elderly people can do this pose easily.
- Start with sit on the yoga mat.
- Make sure that your legs are stretched out.
- Slowly fold your left leg and tug it inside your right thigh.
- Now, slowly fold your right leg and tug in inside your left thigh.
- You can keep your hands on the knees.
- You can use Chin mudra or Jnana mudra.(It will be helpful to perform the meditation)
- Make sure that your spine should be straight.
- Calm the mind.
- Try to relax your mind and the whole body.
- Breathing should be normal.
- Hold in this position for 15 to 25 minutes, or as long a comfortable.
- You can change the stackingposition of the legs.
- It is the best pose for meditation.
- Strengthens the back muscles.
- Gives relieve from depression, anxiety, fatigue and stress.
- Amplifies the state of tranquillity and serenity.
- Expands the chest and collarbones.
- Lengthens the spine.
- Stretches the ankles and Knee.
- Ideal pose for meditation.
- Calms the brain.
- Opens the hips.
Dos, Don’ts and Tips:
People with the following problem please avoid practising this pose, or practise under the expert’s supervisions and doctor’s advice.
- Hip Injury
- Leg problems
- Inflammation in the hip or knee
- Spinal disc problems
- Chronic kneeInjury
- Knee problems
- Pain in lower spine or sciatica
Practise this yoga daily, will yield the better results.
It’s good to do this pose in the morning with empty stomach.