Sukhasana: Meaning, Steps, and Benefits

Introduction

Sukhasana is a simple cross-legged pose. It is one of the meditative Asana. It is the basic level yoga posture. This yoga posture is the oldest of all yoga postures including Padmasana.

Sukhasana Meaning

The Sanskrit word Sukh Means wellness or comfort. It is known as Comfort Pose. It is commonly translated into English as Easy Pose. Easy means effortless. But it is not the perfect translation.

The other names of Easy Pose are Pleasant Pose and Decent Post.

Fifty years ago, Indian people commonly used this pose for sitting, eating, and other day-to-day activities, but not as a yoga practice. Hence it is very easy for them to perform. Maybe, for this reason, this posture get this name in English as Easy Pose. Yet it is not that easy for a westerner who has little experience in cross-legged sitting.

Sometimes, the term Sukhasana used as to mean any posture that gives comfort. However in this article, we take meaning of Easy posture.

Sukhasana Pronunciation

One can pronounce this as SOO-HAA-SAH-NAH

Sukhasana Step-by-Step Procedure

Safety and Precautions

People with following ailments should avoid this Posture.

  1. Sciatica
  2. Sacral Ailments
  3. Knee disorders

Preparatory Asanas

This posture requires little effort to master and hence there is no need for preparatory postures.

Sukhasana Steps

  1. Sit on a mat with legs stretched
  2. Bend one of your leg and place it under the opposite thigh
  3. Similarly bend the other leg and place it under the folded leg
  4. Sit erect and keep your head, neck, and trunk in a straight line
  5. Put your hands on thighs in Chin Mudra or Jnana Mudra
  6. Tilt your head and chin a little down towards the chest, without disturbing the straight line of head-neck-trunk.
  7. Either close your eyes or fix them on the tip of the nose
  8. Fix your mind in between the eye-brows.

Follow up Asanas

During this Asana practice, blood flow to the legs is restricted. To restore the normal blood flow, one of the following postures should be performed.

Beginners Tips

Westerners may find this hard to sit Cross-legged as their hips are not as flexible as Indians. Those who find it hard to sit for a long time may use some cushion or blocks. Initially they may lean against the wall for support. After getting little mastery over the pose, these supports may be avoided.

Asana Siddhi

Asana siddhi means mastery over the posture. For any posture, if a practitioner maintains the perfect posture for continuous three hours duration of time, he has mastery over the pose.

Advanced Asana Considerations

After getting mastery over this pose, one may consider poses like Padmasana and Siddhasana.

Sukhasana Benefits

  1. It aids in meditation and Pranayama
  2. Mastering this posture makes the difficult postures like Padmasana and Siddhasana easier.
  3. It helps in activating the Muladhara Chakra or base Chakra
  4. Sukhasana harmonizes the Central Nervous System and activates the Parasympathetic Nervous System
  5. It helps in reducing the Blood Pressure and Palpitation
  6. Sukhasana restricts the blood flow to the leg and thereby increases digestive power.
  7. It relaxes your brain and drives away the stress
  8. Easy Pose gives a good stretch to your legs

Conclusion

Though this posture is named as Easy Pose, it is not easy for all. This posture looks simple it provides a lot of benefits.

This posture is for beginners. Once one gets mastery over any of the other advanced meditation postures, he may discard this posture.