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The sitting on heels thing... - Dhamma Wheel

The sitting on heels thing...

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The sitting on heels thing...

Postby householder » Wed Apr 25, 2012 7:08 am

...I'm probably doing it wrong and killing my feet!

When I move back onto my heels the pain is pretty bad and I can only hold it for around 20 seconds. It also seems that that part of the foot around the big toe seems to be taking the brunt of it so I wonder whether I'm placing the toes/feet right.

Any stretching exercises I can do for more supple feet so I can hold this position for longer?

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Re: The sitting on heels thing...

Postby Cittasanto » Wed Apr 25, 2012 7:48 am

how exactly are you doing it?

if on your toes, massage your toes on the sole side, I found this helped with pain, but just being patient with it also helped, after a year I still couldn't keep it up due to other issues with my legs so don't worry about it just do what you can, but be persistent.


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Re: The sitting on heels thing...

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Re: The sitting on heels thing...

Postby Sam Vara » Wed Apr 25, 2012 9:49 am

If you mean what Japanese call seiza, I would advise caution if you feel pain.

Despite studying martial arts for years, and doing daily stretching, I never could manage it. Things are made easier if you stretch the big thigh muscle (various techniques, including standing on one leg, holding onto your other foot, and gently stretching it up behind your buttock). Pain in the foot is sometimes also caused by contact with the floor, so a softer mat might help.

Knee pain is always worth paying serious attention to. I know several people who persisted in fighting joint pain in the interests of achieving flexibility, and who are now suffering for it. It might just be that some of us are not by nature meant to do this stuff!

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Re: The sitting on heels thing...

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Re: The sitting on heels thing...

Postby householder » Wed Apr 25, 2012 11:27 pm

Thanks all. Bench not an option when in robes.

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Re: The sitting on heels thing...

Postby miriamshookaf » Tue Jun 26, 2012 2:56 pm

Hmmmm by reading above post i guess this forum will lot of spiritual feeling and more health i think you are not siting as well or giving to much pressure on your toes that is why it is giving you pain


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