A successful meditation practitioner have the ability to sit for long hours without moving their body and without getiing any kind of discomfort. The feeling of meditation is experienced only when the body is kept still and steady without moving for some time. For deep meditation the pratitioner health should be good and spine should be straight. To restore health asanas can be practiced regularly.
In case of intense meditation, the yogi loose control over their muscle group, so it is recommended to have good health and physically fit body to have more control over the body without getting any discomfort. With good health, the practitioner can hold the body in meditation state for a longer period of time without getting any issue.
Asanas practised under the guidance of an experienced practitioner can help to tackle many health problems. They are an essential part of healthy living.
Sukhasana or Easy pose is among the most relaxed and most comfortable asana among the meditation postures. Beginners can easily practise it without getting any ill effect. A person do not get any difficulty sitting in sukhasana posture. It is referred to as the relaxing asana and people sit in this pose after practising for long time siddhasana or padmasana.
Sukhasana is a Sanskrit word and is a combination of two words, i.e. Sukh and asana. Sukh means pleasure or happiness or the feeling of joy and asana means sitting in a posture or comfort.
If a person gets difficulty sitting in difficult posture, then sukhasana can be a solution for them. It is the most comfortable asana so named easy pose. It can be excellent for a person with a stiff body. Although it is straightforward to do, you will be surprised to know the one can not sit for a long duration in this pose. It will feel discomfort for a long time sitting on your hips and, pressing your foot area continuously. Still, it is the easiest pose to start. Meditation practitioner can sit in padmasana for a longer duration than sukhasana.
In Sukhasana, your spine should be straight, which is difficult for a beginner to keep for long-duration because a lot of us sit slight bent while watching Tv or sitting on the chair. But with practice, we can maintain the spine straight to get the maximum benefit of Sukhasana. It can be practised by interchanging of your legs if you feel discomfort in one position.
Sukhasan should not be practised by people suffering from knee or hip pain or lower back pain. Sitting for longer duration in this pose can increase discomfort in any existing pain.
Steps to do Sukhasana:
- Sit in a comfortable position on the floor with legs straight.
- Now bend your left leg and put the foot under the thigh of your right leg.
- Similarly, bend the right leg and place the foot under the thigh of the left leg.
- Now in jnana or chin mudra place your hands on the knees.
- Relax your shoulders and elbow will be bent slightly.
- Without any strain, keep your neck, head and back straight in the upward direction.
- Now focus the gaze on kuthasana after closing your eyes.
- Finally, relax your whole body.
- Now feel the inhale and exhale of your breathing.
- The beginner can do it for a short period of time and can increase with time.
Benefits of Sukhasana:
- Suskhasana leads to better concentration.
- It helps in physical and mental balance with no pain in your legs.
- This will help in improving the posture and strengthening the back muscles.
- It will give a relaxing effect on your mind and body.
- Help in balancing your body both mentally and physically.
- Can help to reduce stress and anxiety.
- If your body is stiff, it will give flexibility to your knee, hip joints and ankle.
- This will also help in improving concentration.