Sukhasana (Easy Seat)…it looks so simple and well…easy.
And it is easy for some people to get down on the ground and basically sit cross legged for a breath or two but staying in the pose and working the breath as well as the mind is where it gets tricky.
Find a quiet spot. It can literally be anywhere. My home practice, for example, is on my back porch until the weather gets too cold. This morning was a wee bit chilly!
Grab your phone or some other sort of time keeper and set the alarm for 10 minutes.
Give yourself 10 minutes of eyes closed, quiet, breathing and allow just your breath to be your single focus (Prana Vidya). Focus on long slow inhales and long slow exhales for a good 5-10 breaths (actively lengthening the breath and matching your inhales to your exhales – Pranayama). Then let go of all the effort of breathing. Just let your breath rise and fall naturally.
The simple act of sitting still for a length of time without worrying about what’s happened or what’s to come is difficult for so many of us in our daily lives. Our days are spent in a perpetual state of movement full of multitasking and achieving.
Yet we crave down time.
We crave peace.
We crave quiet.
This is your challenge – to simply “be.”
Be your breath. Let every single part of you relax and soften with each inhale and with each exhale, let go of whatever is plaguing you.
Take the full 10 minutes (no cheating) and practice every day for the rest of the month.
Then tell me you don’t feel better.
One more thing…you can do this challenge sitting in a chair with soles of the feet on the floor.
If you want to get into your easy seat on the floor but Sukhasana isn’t an easy place for you to be for a full 10 minutes, prop up your sits bones with a blanket or block or even a bolster for comfort and ease. If the knees are lifted, you can place a folded blanket under each knee for added support. You can also sit with a wall behind you for support and to remind you to stay lifted from your tailbone up the length of your spine and out the crown of your head.
Benefits to Sukhasana (Easy Seat) are many but they are easily outweighed by the benefits of meditation (even if it’s only 10 minutes a day).
- Calms the brain
- Strengthens the back
- Strengthens the core muscles
- Stretches the knees and ankles