Sukhasana (Auspicious Pose)
This asana can be practiced as follows:
- Sit in the rod of the staff pose or the Dandasana. In a way that you are sitting tall on buttocks bones legs outstretched in the front of the body and your arms are relaxing down on the sides of your body.
- Bend your knees out to the sides.
- Place the top of your right foot onto the floor in front of the left shin and the sole of the right foot is facing towards the ceiling.
- Now place your left foot onto the floor at the inside of the right thigh with the sole of the foot rolling upwards.
- Bring your knees close together and the legs crossed in the front of the body while the top of your feet and the buttocks touch the floor. Relax your legs on the floor place your palms on the knees, with fingers gently curved with relaxing arms and shoulders.
- Breathe in and interlock the fingers. Turn the palms outwards as you raise your arms above the head.
- Hold this posture and breathe normally. Extend your body upwards on each breathes taken in.
- Uncross or unfold your legs and stretch them out in front and unclasp your hand and relax your arms by your sides.
- Repeat this posture on the other side placing your left foot in the front of the right shin.
The benefits of Sukhasana are:
- Greatly helps in the straightening of the spine.
- Encourages you to practice deep breathing.
- Tones up the nervous system.
- Induces calmness in the body.
- It even helps us to prepare you for various poses that are to be performed in various other postures and the poses in yogic asanas. And almost all the meditation poses are attained only by sitting in the Sukhasana or the auspicious pose.