If you thought yoga is only performed on the mat, think again. You can derive the best of this ancient practice even when you are having your meal. While our desk jobs prevent us from sitting on the floor and having our food, it is believed that one should be in Sukhasana pose when eating as it not only helps us digest the food better, it also helps improve agility, explained celebrity nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar in an Instagram post.
According to Diwekar, while some of us tend to count only on “one superfood or following that one exercise program”, it is the “small things that we do daily that come together over a period of time and lead to good health“. We couldn’t agree more.
Sitting down in Sukhasana has numerous benefits of health, including:
*It helps improve one’s posture as the spine is aligned and the shoulders square.
*It improves focus and attention when one is eating, and, in turn, prevents overeating.
*It improves the blood flow to the stomach and also the assimilation of micro-nutrients like vitamin B12 and vitamin D.
*It keeps the body energetic and helps build lower body strength and stability.
In addition, Diwekar, who is currently running the 12-week fitness project, mentioned that one should make it a practice to eat with their hands. “Traditionally, eating is considered to be a havan, an offering of food to the digestive fire in your stomach. So, the food that you eat must be with your hands and the offering heartfelt. Also, as you already know, no gadgets while eating,” she said.
*It is considered effective for people who have a stiff body.
*It helps create flexibility in the ankles, knees and hip joints.
*It helps improve concentration, which is needed for effective meditation practices.
Things you should know about Sukhasana
*Sukhasana helps relax the body after performing meditative poses for a longer duration like Padmasana.
*Though called ‘easy pose’, maintaining the posture for a longer duration is considered difficult as the weight of the entire body is supported only by the buttocks.