If you’ve been in a class with me, you might have noticed I prefer kneeling over sitting as a closing posture. What you may not have noticed is the block hidden under my sitting bones! In my latest Active Yogi post, I explain ways to make kneeling more accessible.
Yoga’s physical poses are designed to prepare the body to sit in meditation. We need strong backs and flexible hips to be still for long periods. Many athletes—and many of us who spend a lot of time in chairs—don’t have the flexibility to take a comfortable cross-legged seat for breath exercises and meditation, even with a bunch of props. Tight hips affect the position of the pelvis, and without a neutral pelvis, the spine can’t rest in neutral, either, leading to discomfort in the back.