Are you addicted to chairs? Does your back hurt? Here’s an approach that will let you gently cure your addiction and mend your body naturally.
Traditionally, yoga is a preparation for long periods of sitting and the lotus position would have been a comfortable pose to remain in whilst meditating for very many hours.
But most of us humans have subjected our bodies to the rigours of sitting in a chair since childhood, so we no longer spend long periods of time in a squat or in a cross legged position, which is how humans would have more ‘naturally’ relaxed when not standing.
Addicted To Chairs
And the trouble with chairs is that they have chronically tensed our hips. We’re addicted to chairs. Many folks drive to work in a chair, sit in chairs at work (if you work in the office), come home and sit on the sofa. Our chair addiction is pretty out of control.
You may say, well, they are comfortable. And yes, we have trained our bodies to find comfort in this position. But do you ever wonder why children at first wriggle when put in a high-chair? Our bodies are made to wriggle, to move, to change positions.
A Pain In The Back
And what of props?
Those with tight hips find sitting still for ages hard and a recipe for pins and needles .. if this sounds like you we would recommend a prop. This can be sitting against a wallsometimes for a long meditation.. or a wedged type block… or a bolster or even just a cushion.. Many folks find trying these things can give access to sitting on the floor for longer. And don’t forget a soft blanket under any boney ankles out there!
Do let us know how you get along!
Kat and team MFML