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My ankles hurt in Lotus Pose—is there a risk I could injure them?
If you can successfully get into Lotus Pose, you’re not likely to injure your ankles. But most people are not built to naturally drop into the pose because it requires very open hips. Check if your body is ready for Lotus by sitting cross-legged. If your knees don’t touch the ground, your hips are not ready. If your hips are open and you still have ankle pain in Lotus, try curling your toes back toward your knee, pressing the outer edge of the foot into your thigh to lift the outer ankle bone a little.
See also Q&A: How Do I Prep for Lotus Pose
Remember, pain is always a message, so if you’re hurting, get out of the pose. If you have sprained either ankle badly in the past, especially if you’ve done so more than once, there may be an underlying issue, such as a partially torn ligament. In that case, it’s worth getting checked out by a medical professional.