This seated yoga pose has many names. My son saw me seated in this position, and using preschooler jargon told me, "Mom, you are doing criss cross applesauce". When I pick up my son from preschool, I see a group of children at circle time in this pose regularly. Children just do the pose, because they are used to being on the floor. Adults, who get used to chairs, can find lowering to the floor to be a challenge
Sitting puts the largest load on the spine of any activity, so it is important to pay attention to how ones body is aligned when doing this activity. The name easy pose can seem like a cruel joke, until you modify the posture to suit individual needs.
If you cannot sit on the floor, use a block, blanket, or pillow under the buttocks. Sometimes these set ups do not provide comfort, or balance issues prohibit a person from lowering onto the floor. If so, then find an appropriate chair and do the seated pose. Knee injuries can prohibit a person from crossing the legs. An alternative is to sit in a chair with the feet flat on the ground. Tight hips can benefit from a chair, if the ground positions are not appropriate. One leg at a time can be crossed to gradually open the hips.
Regardless of the setup, there are several observations each person should make:
* First, a person should find where their pelvis is oriented to the surface beneath it. Rolling the pelvis back and forth to find neutral. Also, using a tripod arrangement of the sit bones and the pubic bone can reduce muscular effort of the spinal muscles.
*Next, the weight of the lower body should drop into the ground and the spine should lengthen upward toward the sky to find these oppositional qualities in the body.
*Finally, look at the habitual patterns in this posture. Are you always crossing the same leg in front? Where can you effort less?
This pose has been used for thousands of years for meditation. People still use it today. It is a good posture to focus on the body and pay attention to that moment.