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  • Nina
    Or, sit in Virasana on a yoga block. Supplement with folded blankets under the shins (to relieve pressure on ankles/feet) and/or bottom (and not thighs - this
    Message 1 of 2 , May 8, 2004
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      Or, sit in Virasana on a yoga block.
      Supplement with folded blankets under the shins
      (to relieve pressure on ankles/feet)
      and/or bottom (and not thighs - this to relieve
      pressure in the knees) to find a comfortable,
      spine-supporting sitting position.
      http://www.yogajournal.com/poses/490_1.cfm

      Sitting with the knees below the hips
      is a general 'rule' required before the
      hips can release and the spine can be
      supported in a neutral position from the
      hips. When you sit with your knees at
      hip-height or higher, the muscle connecting
      the (raised) thighbone to the (straining)
      spine must work (this is the psoas). However,
      when you support the legs from below and
      sit with knees lower than hips, that muscle
      can release. Partly this is due to positioning
      the body so that this muscle need not work,
      but also, the nervous system will not relax
      as long as some limb is hanging out in
      'mid-air'. Support the limb from below and
      the nervous system relaxes. Ah-ha! Less
      interfering noise from the body during your
      meditation. One more obstacle removed...

      Believe it or not, even those who sit
      cross-legged with knees high above their
      hip sockets can use bolsters and blankets
      to support their legs and hips and sit
      with crossed-legs during meditation with
      little physical discomfort. Use one or
      more bolsters under your bottom and thigh
      bones and supplement as necessary with
      folded blankets. Cross your ankles so
      that either the foot of the opposite leg
      supports the shin bone, or some other
      prop supports your shin and/or knee.
      Pull the flesh of your bottom back so
      your sitbones evenly meet the prop
      beneath you. Your spine should lift
      easily into a neutral position with
      no strain in your hips. If you feel
      strain in your shouldersockets, place
      a bolster in your lap and rest your
      hands on the bolster.

      Nina
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