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How to Do the Yoga Easy Posture (Sukhasana)

According to Yoga master Patanjali, posture should be “steady” (sthira) and “easeful” (sukha). The basic Yoga sitting position is called, appropriately, the easy/easeful posture (sukhasana), which Westerners sometimes call the tailor’s seat. It is recommended that beginners start their floor sitting practice with the easy posture.

The easy posture is a steady and comfortable sitting position for meditation and breathing exercises. The posture also helps you become more aware of and actually increase the flexibility in your hips and spine and is therefore a good preparation for more advanced postures.

Here’s how it works:

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

    Place your hands on the floor beside your hips with your palms down and fingers pointing forward; shake your legs up and down a few times to get the kinks out.

  2. Cross your legs at the ankles with the left leg on top, the right leg below.

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  3. Press your palms on the floor and slide each foot toward the opposite knee, until your right foot is underneath your left knee and your left foot is underneath your right knee.

  4. Lengthen the spine by stretching your back in an upward motion and balance your head over your torso.

Note: In the classic (traditionally taught) posture, you drop your chin to your chest and extend your arms and lock your elbows; try resting your hands on your knees with your palms down and elbows bent, and keeping your head upright, which is more relaxing for beginners.

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