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Do you think you can’t do yoga because you can’t sit cross legged? We have all seen the ancient yogis sitting cross legged and if you browse instagram/facebook/snapchat or other social media platforms you see “star” yoga, but that’s not what yoga is really about.  Last week we discussed why we do yoga and the week before what yoga is.  Remember, yoga is really about getting to know yourself and creating your healthiest self.  

Being healthy doesn’t require that you can sit cross-legged.

So, what other options do you have?  First, you might be able to sit cross-legged – you might just need a little support.  Let’s take a look at some options.

  1. Tight hips?
    1. Fold a blanket or towel into a square or rectangle and sit halfway off the blanket so your pelvis is lifted and slightly tilted forward (anteriorly).  This helps to lift the spine out of the pelvis.  Still not helping?  Try two or even three towels/blankets.

  1. Another option is to fold two blankets into two separate squares.  Turn them like a diamond with the point facing forward.  Sit on the blankets with the point between your crossed legs or bring the soles of your feet together.  This will give your hips more support.

  1. You might do this and if your knees are still floating in the air, place rolled towels or yoga blocks under your thighs.  Give yourself some support.
  1. Sensitive Ankles?
    1. Fold a blanket into quarters or a bath towel in half and place it on the floor.
    2. Fold a second blanket or towel as above and sit on it.

If you have a cranky low-back, you might not want to sit cross legged or if your knees hurt, cross legged might not be your best choice.  Instead consider one of these options.

  1. If you have two yoga blocks, stack one on top of the other and from a kneeling or table position, place them in between your ankles/feet (longways) and sit back on the blocks.   

  1. Taller or not quite right?  Add a 3rd block or folded blanket.  (you can also do this with a tightly folded towel or two bed pillows)
  2. Sit on a blanket or folded towel with your legs straight out, in a butterfly shape or knees bent
  3. Sit on a chair until the movement portion of practice starts

Remember, you also don’t have to stay in the same seated pose the entire time.  Yoga is about listening to your body and making small or big adjustments to support yourself.

See you on the mat…