Sukhasana or Simple Cross Legged Sitting Posture in Yoga Practice

Sukhasana is an asana sitting in a simple cross legged position. It is widely advocated for Yoga Practice of Elderly Persons. One can sit in this position for any length of time, but if one practices this pose for a longer time, one should be sure to alternate the cross of the legs in between. In fact, as a child one might have naturally sat in the Sukhasana being happy, relaxed or playing. However, as one gets more used to sitting on chairs or sofas than on the floor, the Sukhasana may not feel as easy as before. However one can get the body used to this easy yoga pose once again, with regular practice.

The Sukhasana is a comfortable, sitting yoga pose that is ideal for meditation. In Sanskrit, Sukh means ease, happiness, peace or relaxation and this pose is aimed at providing all of it. There are many physical, emotional and mental benefits associated with this pose by physically strengthening back, hip, knees and ankles; emotionally amplifying the state of serenity and tranquillity, and promoting inner calm reducing fatigue; and mentally stabilizing the thought process by eliminating stress and anxiety.

The yoga practitioner should relish the opportunity to sit quietly, enjoy the warmth or coolness of the air around, the gentle awareness of the breath as it pours in and out, and the ability to rest the mind in the fullness of the present moment in Sukhasana or Simple Cross Legged Sitting Posture in Yoga Practice.

Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda
Yoga Practitioner

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Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda Date of Birth:29.02.1948 Qualification:M.B.B.S.,M.D. Retd. (29.02.2008) Chief District Medical Officer Bargarh Orissa India
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8 Responses to Sukhasana or Simple Cross Legged Sitting Posture in Yoga Practice

  1. Madan Goyal says:

    It is natural posture of Indians or folding of legs in Hindu style (contrary to Muslim style). It involves full bending of knees. In old age as tendons and joint capsule loose their elasticity and bones become osteophytic, unnecessary pressure should not be attempted on knee joint. Though this posture is very simple and least harming, but yogic postures in old age should be attempted with caution.

  2. Dr.Binod Bihari Naik says:

    Respected Sir,

    Maharshi Patanjali, the exponent of Hatha Yogi has been recommending the Sukhasana for meditation for yogis of all age groups, because it is easy to perform and one can continue it as per desired time and reap the maximum benefit in life. One, with this posture gets absorbed in body and mind and remains in ecstasy easily.

    With Thanks,
    Your Divine Brother
    Dr.Binod Bihari Naik
    Bargarh, Odisha

  3. Sir,
    Namaskar.

    A nice narration regarding the name i.e. Sukhasana, as you know the people usually hesitate to do asana and pranayama at the time of their younger age; but when they feel certain unusual about their health at the older stage this simple Sukhasana is suggested by doctor or others to maintain this practice for well-being. Generally all the human posture in a life period of a human being itself is a Yoga, but it must be a right posture.

    With Regards
    Kedarnath Sahu
    Science Teacher
    Sohela Bargarh,Odisha

  4. Santhosh says:

    Dear Uncle,
    Sairam.

    Thanks a lot for the wonderful information on Yoga, you are really helping many across the globe to get more information and how to practise the Yoga postures in a simple English with a great explanation.

    Much gratitude.Waiting to see the next article very soon 🙂
    SaiRam
    Thank You,
    Santhosh KV

  5. I can say from my experience that Sukhasana really gives sukh (pleasure) particularly during meditation. Everybody can do at least this asana. Thank you Dr Panda sir for informing about importance of this asana.

  6. Gyana Prakash Kar says:

    Yogasanas have to be done in a quiet and pleasant surrounding where one can link body and mind properly by maintaining body and mind awareness.This principle of yoga practice must be followed in Sukhasana to reap optimum benefit.

  7. Purnima Panda says:

    Pranam kaka,

    As we all have a mindset that Yoga practice has to be done by older age people who have health problems, but if we start practicing this type of simple asana in younger age then we’ll reap it’s benefit in older age.

    Thanks for giving the information and it’s value and importance in our daily life.

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