Floor Sitting with “Bad” Knees or Hips
Erin Cuomo
January 12, 2021

Is floor sitting something you used to do and wish you could do it again? When you sit on the floor, do your joints lock up? Ache? Throb? Do you have arthritis and feel like you will never be able to sit on the floor?

Here are a few tips for floor sitting that just might make this something you can do again. First of all, you should always use a cushion to raise your hips higher than your knees. This also changes the curve in your lower back, making it more comfortable, natural, and sustainable. I use a meditation cushion for floor sitting. It is firm but comfortable and it is thick enough to give me the height I need.

Meditation Cushion

Position is also important. While using a cushion, you very well may be comfortable in a crossed leg position.

Crossed Legs on a Meditation Cushion

However, there are other options if this is still not comfortable for you. You can sit with the soles of your feet together, in Cobbler’s Pose or Butterfly Pose.

Cobbler’s Pose / Butterfly Pose

You can sit with one leg tucked toward the cushion and the other leg extended out.

One Leg Tucked / One Leg Extended

You can also sit with one knee up and one leg tucked.

One Knee Up / One Leg Tucked

There are some things to keep in mind if you decide to give floor sitting a try.
1. Always use of cushion of some sort. You can roll up a blanket or towel as well, just remember to raise the hips.
2. Keep distance between your feet and your body. The closer you pull them, the more stress you put on your joints.
3. Start out small. Don’t sit on the floor for an hour if you have not sat on the floor in years. Begin with 5 or 10 minutes and see how you feel.
4. Be sure you have a chair or table close-by to assist you in getting up, in case you need some support.

If you are still struggling with floor sitting while using a cushion and changing your positions, you may need some guidance on how to strengthen your muscles that support your joints and also how to create healthier joints. Contact me for a free consultation and we can get you on the road to floor sitting and all of your other goals as well!

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