Sitting on the ground in cross-legged positions is called Sukhasana (easy pose). Sukhasana, when done properly, can lead you toward a meditative state, and give you immense joy within your heart. Sukhasana creates takes you to a relaxed yet alert state in both the body and mind.
If you approach the pose with proper support, you have to elevate the pelvis and open the hips while you lift and lengthen your spine. The back of the rib cage should widen and expand in Sukhasana.
Sukhasana is good for practice of meditation and pranayama. Those who cannot sit in Padmasana, Sukhasana is the easiest alternative.
- Stretches and lengthens your spine
- Broadens your collarbones and chest
- Calms your mind
- Enhances your condition of peacefulness and serenity
- Removes anxiety, stress and mental tiredness
- Improving body posture
- Opens up hips
Step by step
- Sit on the floor with legs stretched out. Use a yoga mat or a cushion or a carpet while sitting on the floor.
- Fold the left leg and tug it inside the right thigh.
- Then fold the right leg and tug in inside the left thigh.
- Keep the hands on the knees.
- Sit straight with spine straight.
- Relax your whole body and breathe normally.
- Maintain this position for as long as you are comfortable.