“A Guru once told me the problem with the West is that we don’t squat.”
In the West, we do sit; we sit a lot, probably too much. And our bodies suffer the consequences of all those hours with frozen hip flexors and inactive glutes and hamstrings with epidemics of lower back pain, hip replacements and digestion difficulties. This insightful article points out the details:
Super! So we all should start squatting daily; but how?
Many of us, if we got into a deep squat right now we’d either get stuck there or cause ourselves enough knee pain to forget the idea of ever squatting again. As with any new exercise, it is best to start squatting slowly, advancing a bit each day until you can comfortably squat for 5 minutes or more.
- Begin with a wall squat with your knees bent at a 90 degree angle. Hold the wall squat for 30 seconds.
- Each day, lower your hips a few inches in the wall squat. Hold for 30 seconds.
- Once you can comfortably rest your hips on your heels (or back of your legs) in the wall squat, gradually move away from the wall.
- Once you’re able to free squat without the wall, hold your free squat for an addiitonal 15 seconds per day until you can hold the squat for 5 minutes.
For a healthy, strong, resilient body; introduce new ways of moving, sitting and working into your daily routine. Squatting is a good place to start.
Suzanne Andrew – Thai Yoga Massage Therapist, Yoga Teacher, Reiki Master, and Owner of Island Massage Therapy. (FL Lic MA51338).