Yoga easy Pose

Yoga easy pose could be better described as yoga simple pose. It’s looks easy but for most people it is not.

We sit on chairs from childhood onwards so our body alignment changes. Our muscles become tight and fixed. You would think that sitting on the floor in a crossed legged position would be no problem, especially when you see yogis and small children sit effortlessly in that position for as long as they want.

Like with many easy looking yoga poses there is more to it than what you see.

You have to balance evenly, make sure your body is aligned properly and your back is straight.

When you get those things right, it is a great relaxing and meditative pose with many benefits.

What is Yoga Easy Pose and Why I Love it

Yoga easy pose is also known as Sukhasana. “Sukh” means comfort or joy in Sanskrit. “asana” means posture.

You sit on the floor in a cross legged position with hands on your knees.

I love this posture because it is a great way to start my yoga session or my day. It takes me into my body and away from my mind because I have to focus on my alignment to do it properly.

I have to make sure my shoulders are down and back and my spine is straight. At the same time they must be relaxed which means my whole body must be relaxed.

Yoga cross legged sitting takes me into a mindful place, a perfect place to practice yoga and go about my day with vitality.

The Benefits of Yoga Easy Pose

When you do yoga easy pose you are activating the parasympathetic nervous system, which is the system that helps you relax. At the same time you are disengaging the sympathetic nervous system which reduces stress.

Because of this you will experience many benefits, Including…

Awareness of Your Posture

In order to relax you have to bring your attention to each part of your body, from head to toe. When you do this you learn things about your body that will help you in many areas of your life.

Most of us walk around in our heads and detached from the physical body. We try to avoid emotions and ignore small aches and pains so we don’t have to deal with them.

Yoga easy pose is the antidote. The simple act of awareness can change your posture and reduce any problems you have with it.

Calms the Mind and Emotions

The relaxing nature of yoga easy pose calms the mind and emotions, especially when you do it correctly with mindfulness and breathe properly. And because you go into your body it takes you away from the obsessive thoughts many of us have.

Can Reduce Blood Pressure

Because it engages the parasympathetic nervous system it will help you reduce blood pressure. However, make sure you see a medical professional and not rely on this pose if you have serious issues.

Yoga Easy Pose Stretches the Inner Thigh and Groin

The cross legged yoga position gently stretches your inner thigh and groin. An open and flexible groin is essential for good posture.

Many of our aches and pains come from bad alignment and a tight groin. Yoga easy pose helps fix this.

Great for Meditation

This pose is the classic meditation pose for a reason. The simplicity, mindfulness it encourages and the calming relaxing nature all make ideal for meditation.

Helps Reduce and Manage Stress

When we disengage from the sympathetic nervous system we reduce stress and will be better able to manage it.

Yoga Easy Pose Makes Your Core Stronger

If you are new to this crossed legged pose, you will find it surprisingly hard to keep your back straight and not round it and slump forward slightly at your core.

I’ve known people who can lift big weights and do a ton of weighted sit ups that have a problem with their core when they do yoga easy pose.

So don’t be discouraged if you find it difficult at the start.

Stick with it and your core will get stronger and you will improve your every day posture.

How to Do Yoga Easy Pose

Find a Comfortable Spot

Choose a quiet, comfortable place with a yoga mat or a soft surface.

Start Seated

Sit on the floor with your legs stretched out in front of you.

Cross Your Legs

Bend your knees and cross your legs at the shins. Each foot should be beneath the opposite knee, and your knees should ideally be wide apart.

Sit Up Straight

Make sure your pelvis is in a neutral position, with the buttocks supported by a folded blanket or cushion if needed. This helps tilt your pelvis slightly forward, encouraging the natural curve of your lower back.

Yoga easy pose final position

Align Your Body

Ensure that your head, neck, and spine are aligned. Your shoulders should be relaxed, and your hands can rest on your knees or thighs.

Breathe and Relax

Close your eyes and take several deep, slow breaths. Focus on your breathing and try to clear your mind.

Maintain the Pose

Stay in this pose for as long as is comfortable, aiming for a few minutes at first. As you practice more, you can extend the duration.

Exit Carefully

To come out of the pose, uncross your legs and stretch them out in front of you. Shake out your legs and knees gently.

Remember, it’s important in yoga to listen to your body. If you feel any discomfort or pain, adjust your position or exit the pose. As you practice regularly, you’ll find increased flexibility and comfort in the pose.

Yoga Easy Pose Variations

There are several variations and modifications to the Easy Pose that can assist people with different levels of flexibility.

Here are some alternatives…

Elevated Hips

If you find it challenging to sit with a straight spine, try sitting on a cushion, folded blanket or yoga block. This elevation helps tilt your pelvis forward, making it easier to maintain a straight spine.

Supported Back

If you find it difficult to keep a straight spine you can sit with your back against a wall. Your lower back should be close to or touching the wall to provide support.

Leg Position Variations

If crossing your legs is uncomfortable, you can try different leg positions…

Butterfly Pose: Bring the soles of your feet together, allowing your knees to drop to the sides.

Extended Leg Variation: Extend one leg forward while the other remains bent, switching legs after some time.

Use Props for Knees

If your knees are higher than your hips or you feel discomfort, place cushions or folded blankets under each knee for support.

Chair Adaptation

If sitting on the floor is not feasible, you can sit on a chair with your feet flat on the ground and spine straight. Do not rest your spine on the back if you can avoid it. Use the chair as a way to strengthen your core before you move to sitting on the floor.

Conclusion

Yoga easy pose has more to it than when you first see it. It is a great pose once you feel comfortable with it.

It will improve your core strength and posture, groin and hip flexibility and make you feel calm and less stressed.

If you have difficulty sitting on the floor in this cross legged yoga pose there are a number of variations you can start with, then move on from there.