I LOVE squatting!
I squat on the kitchen floor, on the dining chair, in a tree, in bed, at my desk, outside whilst gazing softly at a bubbling stream, when I engage with a yoga practice - anywhere any time!
Squatting is a fantastic re-set, we were NOT designed to be sitting, and certainly not all day long! If you want to Re-wild your body practising Malasana is a powerful tool to help activate your body, open up your energy and establish better posture!
Malasana elongates the spine gently building strength in your back. Which is fantastic news for any of you who are suffering with sore backs! Generally we are spending our days pretty sedentary, sitting at desks, watching T.V, slouching or wearing high heals, and being unaware of the effect this is having upon our posture and the health of our spine.
By practising Malasana, squat pose daily we can start to unravel the ravages that poor movement , stress, and bad posture have upon our bodies. Our hips, groins, inner thighs, ankles and feet all benefit, our spine can elongate and re-balance, our joints become healthier as there will be less stress in them - particularly the ankles, knees and hips. There will also be less tension in our lower back and our co-ordination and balance will improve!
Benefits of Malasana:
Opens your hips and groins
Stretches the groins, lower back, sacrum and hips and Achilles
Stabilises the spine
Releases lumbar nerve plexus
Stimulates metabolism and digestive organs
Stretches your ankles, lower hamstrings, back and neck
Tones your abdominal muscles
Keeps your pelvic and hip joints healthy
Relief of lower back pain
Stimulates the abdominal internal organs
Stimulates the sex glands and spleen
Ideal in pregnancy
How to practise:
1. Take your feet a little wider than hip width apart, gently lower your hips, with your knees wide. Keep your heels down - you may at first find it easier with a folded blanket beneath your heels.
2. Keep opening your thighs.
3. Bring your elbows to the inner knees, placing the palms of your hands together. Press the palms together strongly, feel your spine lengthen, shoulders back.
4. Hold the position for 30 seconds to 1 minute, then inhale, straighten the knees, and come gently to standing.
If your heels don't reach the floor with relative ease then please rest them on a folded blanket.
In All Health and Well-being.