Easy Pose (Sukhasana)

Easy pose (Sanskrit: Sukhasana) is one of the most basic seated postures in yoga.

In addition, it is also one of the oldest known yoga poses, with pictures of it dating back 2000 years ago in India. It is a position commonly used for meditation.

Easy pose is also a great warm-up position done at the beginning of a practice. Your hips should be relaxed with the spine long and shoulders down the back. Legs are crossed in front of the body.

This pose should be comfortable to support deep breathing. If you’re feeling uncomfortable at all due to tight hips or back muscles, it is recommended that you sit the hips atop a block or cushion because when your hips are elevated, it allows the knees to descend and creates space for the spine to rise.

When used at the beginning of a session or for meditation, Easy pose is a place to connect or reconnect to the breath if needed.

How to Do Easy Pose: Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1

Start in a seated position. Pull the flesh away from the sitting bones so you feel them root downward.

Step 2

Cross your legs comfortably. If your spine starts to round at all, place a block, cushion or folded blanket underneath your hips.

Step 3

Rest the hands on your knees, palms face up or down. Feel the tailbone root down into the ground and the crown of the head float upward.

Step 4

Relax the shoulders away from the ears and draw the chin slightly back to lengthen the neck. Breathe deeply here. Eyes can be closed or open.

Easy Pose Benefits

  • Calms the mind
  • Opens the hips
  • Lengthens the spine
  • Good for meditation