Friday, 31 July 2015

Easy Pose - not so easy

Few people who practice yoga would like admit that they do not find Easy pose, well, 'easy'. The very name of it suggests we should have no trouble at all sitting in it. The fact is since childhood when we may have sat cross-legged at infant school, (or do they not do that now?) we have got used to sitting with our knees forward on our sofas, at our desks, in our cars.
Easy Pose requires us to have flexibility in the pelvis, and inner and outer thighs. Practicing hip openers helps create this flexibility. Include poses such as Pigeon, Triangle, Warrior 2, Goddess Squat, Tree Pose, Baddha Konasana, and Janu Sirsasana.

When practicing easy pose make sure your knees are not higher than your hips. If they are you need to be elevated on a blanket or blocks. You should sit on your sit bones so move any excess, if you have any, to one side. Also make sure your back heel is a little way from your pelvis. If you have knee issues, support your knees with cushions. Your pelvis should be neutral and you should not round in your lower back. If you are rounding your lower back try sitting against a wall.

Be aware that you do not have to sit in Easy Pose or any other seated floor pose to meditate. In fact you need to be comfortable to meditate so that your physical body is not a distraction. So until Easy Pose is 'easy', sit in a chair or even lie down.

Hope this helps

Janet x

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