Sukhasana (Easy pose)

Sit cross-legged on a pillow or folded blanket so that your hips are slightly higher than your knees (helpful for teenagers). Pull one heel in toward your groin as far as it is comfortable.

Gently move your other leg in front or into your lap if it’s comfortable. (Alternate: Cross your legs at the ankles, as an alternative leg position.) Your knees need not be close to the floor; allow them to fall into a relaxed position.

Straighten your back by lengthening your spine and imagine that the top of your head is being gently pulled up toward the ceiling.

Straighten your shoulders by easily rolling them back and relaxing them downward. Place your hands, palms down, on your knees.

Keep the pose for as long as you are comfortable.

• Promotes calm and increases tranquility
• Reduces fatigue, stress and anxiety
• Improves posture
• Strengthens back
• Stretches ankles and knees