Sukhasana comes from the Sanskrit word ‘Sukham’ which can mean comfort, ease, joyful, or pleasure
and Asana means posture or pose.
It is quite easy to do Sukhasana and you can easily do it by yourself.
It can be done by all age groups. Sukhasana is a fundamental pose for all types of meditation suited for all beginners.
It is done during meditation and breathing exercises. The easy yoga pose provides a comfortable and stable position to the body in order to make the mind steady for practicing Dharana, Dhyana, and Samadhi.
How to do Sukhasana
- Sit on the floor with legs stretched out in front of the body.
- Bend the left leg and place the left foot beneath the right thigh.
- Similarly, bend the right leg and place the right foot beneath the left thigh.
- Rest the outer edge of your feet on the floor.
- Sit erect with the spine straight without any strain.
- Place the palms on the knees or thighs.
- Close your eyes and relax your whole body, take slow and deep breaths.
- Feel each and every breath moving in and out of the body.
- Relax your whole body
- Sit in this posture for as long as you feel comfortable.
- Just make sure that you alternate the crossing of the legs. You can keep your right leg over your left on even days, and the left over the right on odd days.
Keeping the spine straight might be tough in the beginning as most of us are habitual of sitting with our spine supported. Regular practice is the key to sitting straight without any support. It makes our back muscles strong and prevents any kind of back pain or back disease.
As a beginner, it might be difficult to sit erect on the floor for a long time. You can lean against the wall to keep your back erect or use cushions to get the posture right.
Advanced Pose Alterations
This asana might look extremely easy, but it is not as easy as it looks. Once you get comfortable in the pose, you need to set a strong intention and lean into a meditative state. With practice, you will feel easy with this posture and experience great joy and happiness.
- Regular practice of Sukhasana Improves posture and Strengthens the back muscles.
- It Improves concentration and focus.
- Regular practice of Sukhasana relaxes your brain. It spreads a sense of calm and peace through your mind and body.
- It gives your knees and ankles a good stretch.
- Practising Sukhasana helps to enlarge and stretch the spinal cord.
- Regular practice of this asana helps to broaden the chest and the collarbone.
- Regular practice of Sukhasana helps to keep you physically and mentally balanced.
- It brings flexibility to the ankle, knee, and hips.
- This asana helps to reduce fatigue and tiredness.
- Avoid this asana if you have hip and knee injuries, or if they are both inflamed.
- Avoid this asana If you have a slipped disc problem.
Regular practice of Sukhasana will make you master this asana. You can do this asana for a long time comfortably without any strain.
Your spine is stretched and enlarged and your back becomes strong. When this happens, you will get comfortable in the pose, and gain both physical and mental balance. It relaxes your brain and spreads a sense of calm and peace through your mind and body. You will find extreme joy. You realize that your mind, breath, and body are united, and your heart is set free of all burdens.