Malasana, one of the best poses ever...not only during your Yoga practice but throughout the day we should implement this posture in our lives. In India you see people on the streets sitting like this, women cooking or selling vegetables even in high age. The Eastern toilets are designed in such a way that you need to sit in a deep squatting position - and they're having good reasons to. Malasana has great health benefits for the reproductive system and supports Apana Vayu, the downward moving energy. So for every situation in which we have to eliminate and let go, this position is best. The intestine is not compressed and curved as it happens in sitting on western toilets. The sitting position on western toilets prolonges the process of excretion and requires more pressure, this can lead to hemorrhoids and diseases of the intestine. In a deep squat the rectum is just straight and anything inside can easily find it's way out.
Also during periods this posture can be very relaxing for the lower back, relieving menstrual pain.
Malasana is one of the best postures for childbirth. The pelvis is fully opened, the sacrum free and mobile. All the pelvic bones and joints have freeness to expand as the baby's head comes through and the pelvic diameter can increase.
Besides Malasana is great for relieving lower back pain, increases ankle and knee mobility.
Most of the jobs nowadays force us to sit on a chair for many hours, leading to stiff knees, lower back pain, tight hips, restricted flow of energy...it's super important to move as much as we can in free time or sit in different ways. Start implementing Malasana in your day for a few minutes and start doing small tasks in different positions. Since I live in India I started eating on the floor sitting in crossed leg position, working on my laptop in Vajrasana for a while. When I didn't have a washing machine I was sitting in Malasana washing my clothes. Comfort shouldn't be the most important factor in lifestyle choices. Small daily changes can have such a big impact on our health. Experiment, try something new and let yourself get inspired by the habits of other cultures.
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