How to Sit Cross Legged

by Melissa West on July 20, 2016

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Advice for sitting cross legged


Advice-for-sitting-cross-leggedHi I’m Dr. Melissa West Welcome to Yoga Lifestyle with Melissa
Props Needed: Blocks

Today we have a question from Ellen from Facebook 🙂

Ellen from Facebook says:

Hello I have been doing your beginner videos every day for about 3 weeks now, and really enjoying them. Do you have any advice for how to sit cross-legged? I cannot put my legs down horizontally, my legs look like a V and it’s uncomfortable…

Thanks Ellen, this is a great question.

The first thing I would recommend is to fill the space between your knees and the ground to project your knee joints and your SI (sacroiliac) joints. You can do that with a couple of cushions or yoga blocks.

To make is easier to sit, means improving the range of motion in your hip joints, especially the external rotators in your hips.

Today I will show you a few yoga moves to help you with that.

Show: warm up hip joint with windshield wipers, show keyhole, then pigeon

If you would like more support in releasing your hips to make it easier to sit, I would highly recommend the connective tissue classes in our membership community as well as the therapeutic yoga classes for your hips in our membership community.

We have 4 connective tissue yoga classes in our membership community:

http://www.drwest.ca/showthread.php?3981-Connective-Tissue-Playlist-for-your-Hips

We have 15 therapeutic yoga classes (10 short ones!) for your hips http://www.drwest.ca/showthread.php?1657-Hip-Opener-Classes

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Namaste, Melissa

 

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