Yoga for Absolute Beginners: Sukhasana and Dandasana

David Procyshyn
Hatha Yoga
Gentle Yoga
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In this class, David shows you how to comfortably sit on the floor in two of yoga's more common seated positions, easy cross-legged (sukhasana) and staff pose (dandasana). He also helps you understand some of the basic yoga principles as you learn how to stretch your body effectively. This class is a part of a 'Yoga for Beginners' series, which you can find on our Yoga for Beginners page.


Thank you so much! I would
AfroMama 3 days ago

Thank you so much! I would like to take this class again.

Danamck 2 weeks ago

I had a left hip replacement 6 months ago and have been released with no restrictions. I know I won't be able to sit cross legged in the beginning. I've never done yoga before but have always wanted to.

So helpful
Kazzawin 3 weeks ago

I consider myself fairly flexible but have never mastered sitting cross legged either well or for very long. Your suggestions were so helpful and made the class comfortable and enjoyable. Thank you, I look forward to lesson 2.

Thank you David for your help
Guido Sarango 1 month ago

Thank you David for your help! As a student I went through a lo of stress lately along with other personal issues I developed some anxiety and insomnia and some type of muscle tightness so my physio avised me to give it a try. And so far I have enjoyed it, thanks David. You are a good person.
One day, Ill become a paid subscriber I promise!!!

Great beginning!
[email protected] 2 months ago

This is a great first video for someone new to yoga or someone who desires to learn the details correctly. I am so thankful to have found this website. Even though I've been an "avid exerciser" for many years, it's been mostly cardio work - to the now obvious neglect of my core strength and muscle tone. I expect that yoga will be an answer to help me regain the health and flexibility that recent injuries have brought to my personal priority. I jumped in to a yoga class at my gym, but from watching this video, I know now that I need the basics explained and this is the perfect way to help me catch up!

Very first time doing Yoga....
Giodrakes 2 months ago

I loved it!
I don't know if I can sit on the floor right now, but I followed as well as I could, while sitting on a chair, and I dare say I feel better. Some of my pain is alleviated, and I feel relaxed! THANK YOU! Tomorrow I am going to find a mat and some blankets and see if I can manage to sit ion the floor. This was fantastic. I can't wait to continue practicing.

sitting pose
Violayoga1 2 months ago

Hi David. Eventually, I want to be able to sit how you were in the beginning. You were cross-legged and your foot was in your other legs inner thigh (I think) lol. Right now I can't do that so how can I get there. For this session, I had to sit on three pillows to be comfortable.

Re: sitting cross legged
David Procyshyn 2 months ago

You're doing great! The most important thing is to honor where you are at - add pillows if you need them and focus on the sensation and relaxing into it.