One of the things I learned in India, was how incredibly useful it is to sit cross-legged.
Everything over there is geared up for sitting in this position. I don’t remember seeing many chairs anywhere. All the restaurants I ate in had floor cushions and low tables, as an example.
For the first one or two weeks I struggled getting used to sitting this way, though my legs and hips were flexible enough to get to this position, I was not used to it for long periods of time, all the time, everywhere.
After that initial period of couple of weeks, I didn’t really even think of it at all, until when I came back to UK.
Here I noticed straight away how difficult it was to be back at sitting on normal chair on my dining table for example, my back started hurting almost immediately. I found myself naturally looking for that cross legged pose and struggled with the small chair.
I haven’t had a sofa for over a year now. Usually I tend to sit on my bed and these days I find myself sitting also on the floor cross legged or in kneeling position with just some cushions. I now realise that it actually helps my back so much!
There are so many benefits of sitting cross legged (also known as the lotus pose), and I just wanted to share it with you all.
Benefits of lotus pose:
Opens up the hips
Stretches the ankles and knees
Calms the brain
Increases awareness and attentiveness
Keeps the spine straight
Helps develop good posture
Eases menstrual discomfort and sciatica
Helps keeps joints and ligaments flexible
Stimulates the spine, pelvis, abdomen, and bladder
Restores energy levels