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Having trouble with lotus

OenKnows2010-07-05 09:15:57 +0000 #1
I have been practicing yoga for nearly 2 months now; by myself through video and the net. Anyway my problem is the lotus pose! Every time i try it i can't get the feel of it, i can barely bend my right foot to the correct position and when i try to get my left foot over my right leg i feel like i am trying to bend my foot behind my head. Is there any other poses i can practice to become more flexible to do this pose, or is it technique that i am lacking?
InnerAthlete2010-07-05 09:31:11 +0000 #2
Too soon in your practice for this pose based on what you've shared.

Work hip opening preps instead. This is not a technique issue.

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Originally Posted by OenKnows



I have been practicing yoga for nearly 2 months now; by myself through video and the net. Anyway my problem is the lotus pose! Every time i try it i can't get the feel of it, i can barely bend my right foot to the correct position and when i try to get my left foot over my right leg i feel like i am trying to bend my foot behind my head. Is there any other poses i can practice to become more flexible to do this pose, or is it technique that i am lacking?
waltmayo2010-07-05 09:35:06 +0000 #3
I agree with InnerAthlete... much too soon. I was fairly flexible from the start of my practice... and it took me 18 months of almost daily practice before achieving lotus. You want to do a lot of cobblers, pigeon, double pigeon, seated forward fold in half lotus, etc. to develop the rotation needed.

What you are looking for is when you are seated... and you take one leg into half-lotus... firmly tucking the flexed foot into your hip crease... can you then lower the knee of that same leg to the floor? You'll have to have the flexibility... but also you'll have to rotate your sit bones back. Once the knee easily drops to the floor, you're ready to slide the other foot across and into its hip-crease. No knee to the floor... no lotus. If you force it, you really risk hurting yourself.

Walt
xela2010-07-05 09:56:02 +0000 #4
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Originally Posted by waltmayo



I agree with InnerAthlete... much too soon. I was fairly flexible from the start of my practice... and it took me 18 months of almost daily practice before achieving lotus. You want to do a lot of cobblers, pigeon, double pigeon, seated forward fold in half lotus, etc. to develop the rotation needed.

What you are looking for is when you are seated... and you take one leg into half-lotus... firmly tucking the flexed foot into your hip crease... can you then lower the knee of that same leg to the floor? You'll have to have the flexibility... but also you'll have to rotate your sit bones back. Once the knee easily drops to the floor, you're ready to slide the other foot across and into its hip-crease. No knee to the floor... no lotus. If you force it, you really risk hurting yourself.

Walt

When you say "rotate your sit bones back" do you mean towards my knees or towards my back?

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