Easy Pose (“pose of ease”)
In the Iyengar system of nomenclature, Sukhasana and Swastikasana are two names for the same pose. Swastikasana is Sanskrit for Crossed-Limbs Pose. However, a variation of Siddhasana may also be used (feet resting one in front of the other)
- Calms the mind.
- Strengthens the back.
- Mild stretch to the knees and ankles.
- Support knees, especially for any pain or prior injury. Pose may need to be avoided for serious knee injuries.
- Knees should not be higher than the hips. If this is the case the muscles in the groin will tighten up.
- When seated in Sukhasana the knees should be lower than the hips, allowing the hips to be relaxed and open. Use enough support, either blankets or a cushion to lift the body up allowing the knees to lower.
- The feet may be under the knees, crossed legs, or resting with one in front of the other in a variation of Siddhasana.
- Extend up through the spine from the sit bones releasing down into a support (blanket or cushion) and upwards
- Stacking each vertebrae, one atop the other
- The crown of the head lifts upwards
- The chin tucks in very slightly in order to lengthen the neck
- The shoulders should be releasing down towards the tailbone allowing the heart and chest to be open.
- Arms release down with the hands resting on the legs with either open palms or the first finger brought to touch the tip of the thumb in Jnana Mudra.