Also known as easy posture, this is often used to substitute Padmasana (lotus posture) in a range of postures.
- Start in Dandasana (staff pose) with your legs stretched out in front of you.
- Bring your legs inwards, crossing the ankles. Start with your left leg and then your right leg.
- Allow the knees to separate, crossing your shins and sliding your feet under your opposite knee or thigh.
- Maintain a comfortable gap between your feet and your pelvis.
- Begin to find balance over your pelvis.
- Legthen the spine lifting through the top of the head, and tipping the pelvis slightly forward to prevent the spine from founding spine.
- Use the thigh muscles to bring the knees towards the ground
- Take a deep exhale, and relax your shoulders, rolling them down and away from the ears.
- Relax and close the eyes.
- Rest your hands on your knees.
- Relax your facial muscles, your jaw, and the nostrils. Remove thr tongue from the top of your mouth.
- Breath slowly through your nostrils for as long as it is comfortable watching the rhythm of the breath.
- To exit the posture, straighten your legs and shake out the knees.
- Repeat crossing the legs the opposite way for the same length of time.
- You may find it more comfortable (and better posture) if you sit on a folded blanket.
- Open your hips.
- Strengthens your back.
- Reduces anxiety.
- Relieves physical and mental exhaustion and tiredness.
- Lengthens your spine.
- Stretches the knees and ankles
- Calms the mind.