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Dennis

I broke my left femur 35 years age it is half as flexible as my right leg. How do I cmpensate

Lara

I can bring the knees near the floor quite comfortably with my heels fairly close to the groin, however only the outer edges of my feet touch, not the whole sole. Why?

Jennife Jarratt

I don't see this pose as especially useful for sciatica, unless maybe you did it lying flat on your back.

Like Kim, can't get into anything even close to this pose. As a result it's less useful because harder to keep the back straight and the legs relaxed. I agree with Kim, many of us simply aren't constructed to achieve this pose.

Dia

How often should this position be practiced, daily? How long before I can do a full split? Lol

Cool Yule

Woah! These things are harder than my college science tests!

Kim

This is great for those who can do it. Is it possible that some of us on this earth cannot open our hips due to a hip joint (ball & socket) design that wont let the bones rotate and open? My biggest challenge in life and my biggest disappointment is that I cannot sit cross-legged Ė barely can I sit taylor-style. I tried to sit Burmese style for meditation (with lots of cushions) for 7 years and I took up regular yoga and it didnít help my hips and lower back soften or relax. Nothing changed in that area. When I go to yoga I feel truly disabled because I cannot get in to some postures. My mother and sisters are the same. Please remember this when you show off your wonderful flexibility.

Margaret W

Not suitable for anyone with osteoporosis.
Not good for for arthritis.
Damage to nerves around the knee joint, may cause 'drop foot'

Hia

Be careful when using with sciatica. It helps if the pose *gently* stretches the groin and gluteal muscles that may be causing the sciatica (nerve pinched when muscles are too tight). If muscles are too tight or you over-stretch, it can have a reverse effect of contracting the tight muscles even more (and aggravating the nerve). Gentle self-massage on the tight muscles before the pose may help.

B

Um, this pose seems to aggravate my sciatica not help it as you suggest

Steve

What type of breathing should accompany this pose ? (I am under the impression that all yoga should be breathing inclusive)

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