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