chownah wrote:I can't sit in half lotus any more as my knees won't handle it. If you are under the age of about 40 it is likely that if you approximate the half lotus and you sit every day twice a day then after awhile you will develop more knee flexibility and you can then do the half lotus and you might be able to after another while be able to do full lotus.....but it takes time....and for some people it just ain't going to happen.
As for instructions on how to do it....well...there really isn't much technique and I'm sure someone here can give better instruction than me.
Actually, you did give me some nice advice, chownah: Just keep trying and eventually I'll get it. It's inevitable. In fact, I finally got the half-lotus down. I had no idea you should lean back and position your hips in the right position.
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Please consider all the links in the left-side margin:http://www.wildmind.org/posture
I've never been called face before, but it matches my name so why not.
Thank you for the link, Chris; it looks very useful and I'm definitely adding it to my 'Good Reads' favorite folder. c: I can't wait to read it!
Oooo! I like that first pose. I've never seen it before, but it looks sooooo comfy!
Thank you, Mike!
Maybe I should have searched the forum before I asked my question, ehhh. I'm going to read that thread next!
Jonttu wrote:I once read from a yoga book that in order to avoid permanently hurting the knees, it's important to kind of lock them first when getting into the lotus pose. This assures that the knees don't bend in abnormal ways, and that the flexibility comes from the hips rather than from the knees. I've found that using this technique with a good zafu, I can sit an hour in lotus, with minor pain occuring only in the last 10 minutes of the session.
I've been doing stretches as of late for more flexibility. The way I was positioning my spine and where I was putting my weight, I believe, was putting a lot more pressure than was required on my legs. I'm not sure why an inch of where I put my back could do all that, but I'll listen to my body and not cause it pain.
Thank you for replying and helping me out, Jonttu! I really appreciate it!
The reason your knees hurt is because when your cross your legs without proper hip flexibility, the femur and tibia (which are normally aligned = parallel to each other) are tilted < like this, and the bones are pinching the menisci. This, over time, will ruin the knee(s).
The solution is to ensure that the two leg bones remain oriented appropriately. There are a number of solutions which are hard to describe solely with words; try reading this
and see if it helps.
THANK YOU! A LOT! The information about why
they hurt is very useful to me. I like learning why anything and everything
so that I can better understand it all. Not to mention, that link is going to guarantee my knees won't fall off when I'm a' walkin' down the street singing...
Daverupa, you are awesome.
Sincerely,Ace p.s. I can't wait for my next meditation now! EDIT: I spelled 'for' as 'fore' and I let it get to me.