Easy posture is one of the most recognized postures in yoga. It’s a meditative posture and also a great active resting posture. Active resting postures allow you to rest while continuing muscle activity.
There are many benefits of what looks like just simply sitting:
- Calms the mind reducing anxiety, stress & mental fatigue
- Opens the hips, groin & outer thigh muscles
- Stretches the knees & ankles
- Strengthens the back
- promotes groundness & self awareness
- Allows you to find your breath for your practice
- Improves alignment
Steps to achieve Easy posture:
- Sit in the center of your mat, on the edge of a firm blanket or on a yoga block with your legs out in front of you.
- With your knees wide, place each foot beneath the opposite knee crossing at the ankles or shins.
- Place your hands on your knees, palms down.
- Balance your weight evenly across your sit bones.
- Gaze straight ahead with soft eyes.
- Placing a block under your knees can help release pressure off the knees
- Don’t pull your feet in too close to your pelvis. Placing them farther away will keep your knees from bending too much if your hips are extremely tight and/or you have hip/knee issues.
- If your back is curving inwards, imagine your tailbone sinking down toward the floor. Also imagine a string being pulled from the top of your head and through the ceiling to help keep your alignment straight. This will allow your pelvis to tilt back slightly and the lumbar spine to straighten.
If you’re looking to practice Easy Posture, other basics postures or you want to go through a longer sequence, check out my YouTube channel. Follow along with the challenge on Instagram. Show how this posture works for you and post your challenge photo. Make sure to use the hashtags #yogawithmatr3moni #yogachallengewithmatr3moni
If you are interested in one-on-one sessions to learn more about your body, gaining flexibility, and creating a healthier lifestyle by adding yoga you can make an appointment with Matr3Moni.