Easy Seated Pose (the not-so-easy pose)
As I sit here in Sukhasana (Easy Seated Pose), I immediately notice that this is not easy. I also notice that noticing this is the first step in mastering this pose! I quickly become aware of a slight pain in my middle and upper back, my knees, and neck. I notice I’m holding tension in my hips and legs, which is blocking some much needed relaxation in that area. Finally, I realize I have been holding my belly in so that the other students in class will somehow approve of me. (who, really and truly, are too busy noticing their own tension to care what my belly looks like).
In our Easy Seated Pose, often a beginning pose in a yoga sequence, all of these things are important to notice. This is the first step in getting to know our bodies (well, hello, body!). The next step is to respect our bodies by giving each area of tension some support. This support adds comfort to the pose. This comfort allows relaxation to begin. This relaxation allows us to begin breathing and focusing on our yoga practice for that day.
So how can we add comfort to this pose? Here are a few tips:
Use the tools of yoga studios
You grab your mat, but did you grab a blanket or a block? Many students find that placing a folded blanket underneath the back half of their buttocks gives support to their back and hips by allowing the pelvis to tilt slightly forward, giving way to a straight and neutral spine. This feels great for any level of student, so use your blankets! If the blanket is not giving enough support to allow a straight spine, begin by sitting on a yoga block or yoga wedge (lovingly known as the butt wedge).
Uncross your legs
Sometimes crossing your legs is just uncomfortable. Try using a blanket for support and uncrossing one leg, allowing it to extend in front of you. If this feels comfortable and allows for a straight and comfortable spine, you have found your easy seated pose for that day.
Grab a Chair
The main goal of Sukhasana is to relax in a seated position with a straight spine to allow full and relaxed breathing. For some students, this may mean sitting in a chair. Just make sure your feet are flat on the ground (grab a block or blanket if not), and that you are not slouching.
These are just some ways to assist in creating a comfortable easy seated pose. Once you become comfortable while using assistance, you may find after a while you no longer need these tools, but until then, practice compassion towards your body and do what is necessary to support your yoga practice. Your body and mind will thank you.
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