Stretch, Hip Opener, Seated & Floor, Restorative, Seated
Core, Hamstrings, Hips, Psoas
Base, Sacral Centre, Solar Plexus Centre, Heart Centre, Throat Centre, Third Eye, Crown Centre
Anxiety, Poor Posture, Stress
Tip Of Nose
Sit with legs straight. Place hands on floor beside hips. Palms down, fingers point forward. Cross legs. Lower knees. Lengthen the spine by stretching back up. Rest palms on knees.
Flexibility in the hips, and spine. Improve posture.
A) Pillow under buttocks. B) Back against a wall. C) Palms together at the centre of your chest. D) Fold a 1/4, 1/2 or 3/4 of the way down. E) Interlace your fingers, extend your arms overhead, stretch up and fold forward.
Knee, leg or spine injury. Sciatica.
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Sit with legs straight. Place hands on the floor beside hips. Palms down, fingers point forward. Cross legs. Lower knees. Lengthen the spine by stretching back up. Rest palms on knees.
What are the benefits of the pose?
Practising sitting with legs crossed helps to improve hip flexibility and get into the low back. Stretches the ankles and knees. Hip opener. Creates the inner environment for a relaxed yet alert state. To balance your shoulders over your hips, and align your head on top of your spine takes a good amount of core strength, so your abdominals will be getting a nice workout.
Is it a gentle pose?
Yes. This is a gentle pose that is usually practised at the beginning or end of a practice. Even though it looks easy, there's plenty enough physical work going on in the pose. Sitting cross-legged is also the most popular position for meditation.
What is the pose also known as?
Easy Pose is also known as:
Seated With Legs Crossed
Sit With Legs Crossed
What are the precautions?
Avoid if you have any leg, knee, or lower spine pain. Avoid if you have sciatica.
What are some modifications?
Folded Blankets: Elevating your pelvis by sitting on folded blankets will allow you to slowly release and open the hips while you lift and lengthen your spine.
Blocks: Fold forward and stretch your arms forward and place them on two blocks.
Palms Together: Press the palms together at the centre of your chest, before walking your hands forward and descending into a forward fold.
1/4: Fold a 1/4 of the way down.
1/2: Fold 1/2 of the way down.
3/4: Fold 3/4 of the way down.
4/4: Fold all the way down (forehead touches the mat).
Up Then Down: Interlace your fingers, extend your arms overhead, stretch up and fold forward.
Pelvis Floor: To sit more firmly on your sitting bones, reach underneath your buttocks and slide the flesh away from the bone. This broadens the pelvic floor which gives room for your inner thighs to release downward.
Socks: If the knees feel uncomfortable, roll up your socks and place them behind the backs of your knees before crossing your shins.
Shins: Support your outer shins with folded blankets.
What common mistakes do most students make when sitting cross-legged?
One of the aims of sitting cross-legged is to lengthen the spine as much as possible. To do that you need to be in balance.
Common Mistake 1: Sinking back through the hips and low back.
Common Mistake 2: Tipping your pelvis to the front with your belly falling forward.
Common Mistake 3: Legs aren't crossed at the centre of the shins (the cross should be in line with your pubic bone, navel, and sternum).
Common Mistake 4: Tension in the face (sitting cross-legged is meant to be a meditative posture, so be aware of any tension that creeps into the muscles around your eyes, jaw, mouth and tongue).