Squatting, Forgotten, Art, Sitting, Bodies

The Forgotten Art Of Squatting Is A Revelation For Bodies Ruined By Sitting

Tiny Yoga: Do you like squatting?

I find this position really tough, something to do with my ankle and foot flexibility, but also related to the hip. But whilst I don't find it easy, I do really enjoy exploring, and find that I always learn from the process. Holding on to the sofa gives me extra support and helps me avoid falling back. This pose teaches me so much about releasing, letting go, and finding a new way to approach something challenging.

Which poses do you avoid in your practice? Can you learn to explore and enjoy them more?


The Forgotten Art Of Squatting Is A Revelation For Bodies Ruined By Sitting

Here’s a great article by Rosie Spinks published by Quarty.qz.com

Sentences that start with the phrase “A guru once told me…” are, more often than not, eye-roll-inducing. But recently, while resting in malasana, or a deep squat, in an East London yoga class, I was struck by the second half of the instructor’s sentence: “A guru once told me that the problem with the West is they don’t squat.”

This is plainly true. In much of the developed world, resting is synonymous with sitting. We sit in desk chairs, eat from dining chairs, commute seated in cars or on trains, and then come home to watch Netflix from comfy couches. With brief respites for walking from one chair to another, or short intervals for frenzied exercise, we spend our days mostly sitting. This devotion to placing our backsides in chairs makes us an outlier, both globally and historically. In the past half century, epidemiologists have been forced to shift how they study movement patterns. In modern times, the sheer amount of sitting we do is a separate problem from the amount of exercise we get.

Read the full article by clicking here.

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