1 Pose Wonder of the week: Yogic Squat

Squat. What a weird word. Seems like adding "Yogic" in front of it makes it more appealing. It may not sound (or look) that appealing, but the benefits certainly are. In fact, I just saw it featured in the October Health magazine (for the record, this was after it was already on my 1 pose wonder list, lest you think I copy). It's one of the first things I do every morning. Well, actually, the first thing I have to do every morning is feed our 3 dogs, but while they are eating I squat. Now there's an appealing image for you.

For years I've been telling my beginner yoga students to do this pose while they watch tv; the longer you can be here, the more you will release tension in the low back and hips. Sitting in chairs makes this pose challenging, especially for those who do nothing besides sit in chairs with a little walking around in between. Think about it: most of the non-Western world hangs out in a squat. And I'm pretty sure they have less trouble with their backs and hips as a result. The squat is a great antidote for the effects of our sedentary society. Find ways you can incorporate hanging out in a squat into your day. Trust me, the tv thing really works.

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Happy squatting! Namaste.

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