Leg trembling.

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Leg trembling.

Postby Son » Thu Jul 26, 2012 5:40 am

This is embarrassing, but I have always usually had this problem during meditation. I've been meditating for many years, frequently, intensely and deeply. Often times while sitting in half lotus position--regardless if a pillow is used or not--my right leg will begin to tremble, slightly or severely, and nothing will make it stop unless I relax my breath. But it's not helpful to meditate with a bent back. If my back straightens, my leg almost always begins to tremble, as well as part of my back muscles. Sometimes I spend 10 minutes trying to meditate, with some success, despite the trembling but ultimately I have to give up because you can only go so far with a trembling leg. Yes, I do practice other postures of meditation as well as walking meditation, but sitting meditation is necessary. And sitting with crossed legs is a form of meditation which I really need to be able to do. Sitting on my legs is something I've often done, but usually my body is off balance in that position.

Suggestions. Advice. Help.

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Re: Leg trembling.

Postby Ben » Thu Jul 26, 2012 7:50 am

Greetings Son,

Is it something that only happens while you are in half-lotus or does it happen in other sitting postures? If not, you may wish to try meditating in the, for example, the burmese sitting posture.
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Re: Leg trembling.

Postby Morexer » Sat Aug 04, 2012 12:47 am

This usually happens to me with me left leg. I can never quite get a left-right balance down, and I think that this is part of my problem. I sit on a zafu and zabuton, and I usually have to switch positions every 20 minutes between half lotus, cross-legged, and sitting on the zafu with my legs underneath and to the side of it.

For me, some luck comes when I put my legs closer to my hips, but sometimes it doesn't seem to help at all.
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Re: Leg trembling.

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Re: Leg trembling.

Postby Furaha » Fri Sep 21, 2012 11:05 pm

Google restless leg syndrome. Compare what you feel with that
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Re: Leg trembling.

Postby LonesomeYogurt » Sat Sep 22, 2012 12:30 am

Does your leg go to sleep and tingle, or does it physically twitch or move involuntarily?

If it is a mere sensation, then I would suggest just trying to monitor it with mindfulness. But if it's a real movement that you can't control, you're probably putting pressure on a tendon and that's not good. I'd recommend using the Burmese position, as Ben said, or getting a stool.

Also experiment with moving yourself up or down. Sometimes a folded pillow under the cushion makes all the difference, as a higher seat allows for deeper hip rotation. This may solve your problem too.
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Re: Leg trembling.

Postby Son » Sat Sep 29, 2012 6:53 am

LonesomeYogurt wrote:Does your leg go to sleep and tingle, or does it physically twitch or move involuntarily?

If it is a mere sensation, then I would suggest just trying to monitor it with mindfulness. But if it's a real movement that you can't control, you're probably putting pressure on a tendon and that's not good. I'd recommend using the Burmese position, as Ben said, or getting a stool.

Also experiment with moving yourself up or down. Sometimes a folded pillow under the cushion makes all the difference, as a higher seat allows for deeper hip rotation. This may solve your problem too.


I experimented with moving and repositioning with a pillow. Eventually it always came back. But the Burmese posture is working a little better for it. I'm sure it's a tendon.
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