In our culture, December is typically a harried month. The lead up to the Winter Solstice brings many wonders but also stress and overexertion. It’s a good time to turn down the wick on our physical practice and put more focus on meditation.
Sukhasana, or easy pose or seat, is the most accessible of the meditation postures. This is ideal as it can be practiced by virtually anyone without strain. The path to meditation is always ease. Meditation requires the spine be erect so the channel for the subtle energies of the body is open and flowing freely. Sukhasana allows this.
Elevate the hips on a cushion or rolled blanket in order to tilt the pelvis forward to bring about the natural upright curvature in the spine and ease the opening of the hips. Separate and turn out the legs and bring the right heal toward the perineum first, then the left. Lower and relax the shoulders, gently press the chest forward, and draw the chin in while reaching up with the crown of the head. Relax all muscles in the face, allow the eyes to close and rest the hands on knees with the index finger locked into the thumb. Palms facing down is Jnana mudra, the gesture of knowledge; palms up is Chin mudra, the gesture of consciousness. First listen to any and all sounds in the room, then focus on the breath. You are now on your way.