Sukhasana Benefits and Steps to do Easy Pose

April 15,2024

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“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.” ― Siddhārtha Gautama (Gautama Buddha)

The above quote was the brainchild of arguably the most spiritual being to have ever walked on planet earth. His story is essentially a mythological legend, and as someone who is known for his incredible sense of inner peace, these words of his hold a tremendous amount of weight. 

His teachings have been relevant since they have been made public, and they are especially relevant today. Quite a lot of us tend to lose our sense of inner peace, which can open the doors for serious physical and mental health consequences. Thankfully, something can be done about it with the help of a Yoga Asana. This article is about that very Yoga posture. Quite fittingly, perhaps, it is known as the Happy Pose, or as it is known in its homeland, the Sukhasana.

Let's embark on a trip into the depths of this simple posture, exploring the benefits of Sukhasana, unraveling a step-by-step guide on how to perform theHappy Pose, delving into the anatomy of Sukhasana and finally, addressing common questions and doubts that may arise about Sukhasana.

What is Sukhasana a.k.a Easy Pose?

Sukhasana also known as Easy pose is a simple Yoga posture that helps its practitioners to relax, bring their focus back to the things that matter to them, and even have that hard-earned moment of calm. Arguably, Sukhasana is the easiest Yoga pose that one can do. This position essentially requires you to sit across the length of your mat with your legs folded and keep your back straight, which means that in comparison to several other Yoga poses out there, the Sukhasana demands very little from the student in terms of physical strength and flexibility.

The name of the position translates to the Easy Pose the Pleasurable Pose or the Joyful Pose, since the first part of the name, Sukha can mean all of those things. The pose is named as such and is known by the kind of names that have been mentioned because:

  1. A) It is very easy to get into this pose,
  2. B) It helps you have a moment with yourself, which is usually a pleasurable thing, and
  3. C) It can help you find joy from within yourself and take note of all the things around you that make you feel joyful, amidst all the negativity out there.

The earliest descriptions of this pose can be found in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, a 15th-century text that describes several other asanas and is written in Sanskrit.

Now that you have got a brief introduction to the pose, let us now take a look at the benefits of performing the Sukhasana daily.

What Are The Benefits Of Sukhasana a.k.a Easy Pose

Sukhasana also known as Easy pose may be a simple pose to get into, but it is an asana from which the student can benefit in too many ways to keep it out of a yoga routine. A few of them can be found below:

Sukhasana Helps You Bring The Focus To Yourself And Other Important Things: When you slip into the Sukhasana, you are momentarily disconnecting yourself from the noise of the outside world. Once the noise dies down, you start gaining a clearer picture of your priorities, such as your family, friends, kids, career or education. But most importantly, you also start taking note of your current sense of being and rediscovering the things that make you the person you are. For this reason alone, the Sukhasana must be practiced.

Sukhasana Helps You Have A Moment Of Calm: When the inner peace of an individual is meddled with, one can look forward to a downfall in terms of mental and physical health. More often than not, we resort to unhealthy ways of gaining the same, even if it is for a few moments. That is where the Sukhasana can come to your rescue.

When in position, you will notice that the noise is fading away, but there are a few sounds that you might want to pay attention to. You can try focusing on other sounds individually in the environment, as it is considered to be quite therapeutic. On top of all of that, with regular practice, you should also learn to focus on things that bring you joy and happiness, aiding you in restoring your peace.

Sukhasana Can Make You Or Your Little Ones Taller In The Long Run: This asana stretches the spine and makes the back stronger. If spines are stretched and elongated at an early age, it could pave the way for a fairly tall stature for the young Yogi, hence we would recommend you to get your little one to do the Sukhasana as early in their lives as possible.

Sukhasana Can Make Your Legs Stronger Bending of legs while getting into the Sukhasana and maintaining the pose for a considerable amount of time causes little tears in the muscle tissues of our legs. Don't worry because that is a good thing. These tears only make the legs stronger if the student’s diet is rich in protein, vitamins and the kind of carbohydrates that are beneficial for the body.

Sukhasana Helps Your Body Relax: The main focus of this position is to simply let all of your body parts relax. Once they do, you will feel the tension that had made you rigid over the day or several days in the recent past go away. A relaxed body is a body with a high degree of endurance, which is one of the reasons we believe that Sukhasana must be a part of every Yoga routine.

How To Do Sukhasana a.k.a Easy Pose

One can only make the most out of the Sukhasana also known as Easy pose if the pose is executed with as much attention to every movement as possible. Rest assured, the steps will be straightforward to follow. After all, it is called the Easy pose for a reason. However, this Yoga asana is not without its minor intricacies. You will learn more about them in the step-by-step guide below.

Sukhasana Step 1: Sit across the length of your mat in Dandasana.

Sukhasana Step 2: Bend your left knee in such a way that you can place your left foot right under the thigh of your right leg. Maintain a certain degree of elevation between your left knee and the mat.

Sukhasana Step 3: Bend your right knee just like how you bent your left one in Step 2. Be sure to maintain a certain distance in the end out here as well.

Sukhasana Step 4: Point the toes of your feet upwards.

Sukhasana Step 5: Let your arms rest and make sure that the opposite side of your palms are resting comfortably atop your knees.

Sukhasana Step 6: Do the Gyan Mudra to enter into the final position.

Finally, stay in this pose for as long as you are comfortable. The longer you stay in it, the better. We would personally recommend that for starters, you should hold the position and breathe normally during the process for anywhere between 60-90 seconds.

When To Practice Sukhasana

Just like most of the Yoga poses, the Sukhasana should also be done in the morning as well. It should ideally be done at the break of dawn as it is believed that doing the Sukhasana in the morning helps the student have a greater sense of clarity regarding the chores of the day. In addition to the same, regular morning practitioners of this pose are believed to be able to deal with daily stressors more efficiently.

If you are unable to do it in the morning for any reason, you can do a repetition during the evening too. One of the best parts of the Sukhasana is that it can also be done on a full stomach. However, we would still recommend you to maintain an empty stomach and bladder for 4-6 hours to avoid any break in the flow.

Sukhasana contraindications

There are certain circumstances under which you should ideally stay away from doing the Sukhasana also known as Easy pose. But, that doesn’t mean that you cannot do the pose at all. The severity of the scenarios which are listed below can vary from person to person, which is why you should consider consulting your respective healthcare professional before making the final decision. Some of the aforementioned circumstances are as follows:

  • If you have injured your knees or any kind of muscle/ligaments around it.
  • If you have recently injured your spine or any of the back muscles and/or have undergone surgery for it.
  • If you have a weak digestive system
  • If you have recently had a case of a slipped disc, and
  • If you have injured your hip flexors recently.