Cross-leggedIn Kundalini Yoga you will be asked to sit in ‘easy pose’ quite often but if you find it tricky to sit cross legged don’t let this put you off trying a class or continuing to practice.

Humans come in all shapes and sizes and in all degrees of natural flexibility. Flexibility for most people however is something that develops slowly over time – it is a product of practice, not a prerequisite.

So here are some simple steps to take if you find sitting cross legged difficult.

1. The most important thing is to keep your spine straight.  Feel graceful as you sit.  Smile and accept how your body is built. It does not matter how high your knees come up.

2. Try sitting on a rolled up blanket, or two. Sit on the edge of the block or blanket and roll your pelvis forward. You will find this allows your hips to tilt forward slightly and brings your knees down. It also straightens your spine.

3. Alternatively – or additionally, put blankets or blocs under your thighs for support.

4. Unless specifically instructed otherwise, most of the time you can switch to sitting on your heels in rock pose when you need to.

5. When you practice at home you can try sitting on a chair sometimes to do the asanas.  If doing so make sure your weight is evenly distributed on both feet. When you can go back to sitting cross-legged.

6. Enjoy gradually gaining awareness and flexibility in your own time.  Be accepting of that and sit even taller.

Finally remember that awareness is gained as you move through the journey, so enjoy everything along the way and take your time to soften into yourself.