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The Resting Squat
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I have been fascinated with photos of Indigenous Marketplace Women on the Continent of Africa, in India, Malaysia, Indonesia etc. Not only by their Simple Regal Beauty and attire, nor their crafty enterprising entrepreneurialism but by how many of them would rest in a Squatting position. I have seen Indigenous Women from around the globe who appeared to be at least 85 years old Squatting comfortably. This has always fascinated me. When I would see this, something would whisper to me from within, “ there is something to this posture, it is a key to vitality”
I would reference these images when talking to aging people in this country as well as when talking with people in this country about aging and vitality. I noticed that the Elders that I have and know and see, could not possibly even get up from sitting with ease let alone achieve the squat and get back up. I remember along the way in my studies of Indigenous Healing Modalities, learning of how sitting is not good for the body and how there is twice as much pressure on the spine while sitting as standing. As a student of physics, anatomy and physiology, this made sense to me. When standing the force of gravity from above and from the Earth below is exerted on our spine and distributed throughout the body. When we sit, there is half the distance which doubles the force. The impact when sitting is mostly on the the Tailbone and Sacrum, but then, of course, is distributed throughout the body as pressure compressing the joints and organs. Over time these subtle forces become exponentially devastating on our bodies. Below i have compiled some information from a few sources on the benefits of squatting.
Sitting is worse than Smoking
Dr. James Levine, Director of the Mayo Clinic – ASU Obesity Solutions Initiative, is famed for his recent claim that “sitting is worse than smoking”. It turns out he’s not alone in his thinking. Many researchers are now finding links between prolonged sitting and a variety of serious conditions, including type-2 diabetes, heart disease and even various forms of cancer. Yuck! https://naturalcave.com/posts/interesting-facts-about-the-natural-squatting-position/
Anatomically, the position stretches the lower back, decompresses the spine and releases the hips. The body’s weight becomes more evenly distributed in this position, preventing the accumulation of stress in just a few ‘hot-spots’. Joints and muscles no longer undergo gradual tightening, allowing the body to remain balanced. The ultimate result? Increased mobility. Consider this an investment in your future. https://naturalcave.com/posts/interesting-facts-about-the-natural-squatting-position/
Squat for your Chakras
It’s also believed that squatting can help us to remain more ‘grounded’ and connected to the earth. Those familiar with the body’s chakra system will know that the body’s first energy center is located at the base of the spine near the perineum. Known for its ability to connect us to the earth’s energy field, it’s believed that squatting can enhance this energy transfer. The end result? An abundance of energy to be utilized by the body for healing and restoration. https://naturalcave.com/posts/interesting-facts-about-the-natural-squatting-position/
Seven Advantages of Squatting
A Clinical Study of Sitting versus Squatting
In April, 2002, an Iranian radiologist, Dr. Saeed Rad, published a study which compared the effectiveness of sitting versus squatting for evacuation.24 One of his conclusions relates to the cause of a type of hernia known as "rectocele," which is a bulge of the front wall of the rectum into the vagina.
Thirty subjects participated in the study – 21 male, 9 female – ranging in age from 11 to 75 years. Each patient received a barium enema so the internal mechanics of evacuation could be recorded on an X-Ray image. Each patient was studied in both the squatting and the sitting positions.
Using these images, Dr. Rad measured the angle where the end of the rectum joins the anal canal. At this junction point, the puborectalis muscle creates a kink to prevent incontinence. Dr. Rad found that when the subjects used sitting toilets the average angle of this bend was 92 degrees, forcing the subjects to strain. When they used squat toilets, the angle opened to an average of 132 degrees. At times it reached 180 degrees, making the pathway perfectly straight.
Using squat toilets, all the subjects reported "complete" evacuation. "Puborectalis relaxation occurred easily and straightening of the rectum and anal canal facilitated evacuation. The anal canal became wide open and no folding was noticed in the terminal rectum."
In the sitting position, "a remarkable folding was created in the terminal rectum predisposing it to rectocele formation, and puborectalis relaxation was incomplete." All the subjects reported that elimination felt "incomplete" in the sitting position.
Dr. Rad also measured the distance from the pelvic floor to the perineum. In the sitting position he found that the pelvic floor was pushed downwards to a significant degree. (A detailed discussion of the connection between sitting toilets and pelvic organ prolapse – including rectoceles – can be found in the gynecological disorders section.)
Dr. Rad concluded that the use of the squat toilet "is a more comfortable and efficient method of bowel evacuation" than the sitting toilet.
More Benefits of Squatting
The Benefits of Squatting
The Resting Squat Posture as a part of a your Daily Womb WellBeing Practice and Indigenous Goddess Lifestyle
This posture is both relaxing as well as revitalizing to our Wombs. We Indigenous Women are reclaiming our Wise Ways. We are laying down the customs forced on us by our Western Colonizers and picking back up our traditional practices, ways and customs. We are separating ourselves from what does not serve our highest and greatest good and from what was never intended for our survival let alone vitality and success. We are reclaiming our Indigenous Heritage one Practice at a time. How can we incorporate the Resting Squat into our daily lives? With intention! Little by little replacing the time we spend sitting with squatting.
Sunrise and Sunset
Resting Squat Meditation
These two times mark the most important times of our day. The time when the life giver of our planet rises to bring daylight and sets to give way to night. As a terrestrial being, it’s a good idea to observe these moments in order to calibrate ones hormones and stabilize the mood. Chose to observe the Resting Squat for at least 7 minutes. Rest in the Squat for as long as you can and then transition into Cat/Cow to then sit back on your ankles to rest. Repeat for 7 minutes while breathing consciously. If you prefer, chant during this devotion to occupy your mind. You will notice that you’ll be able to observe Resting Squat with more ease as time goes by. Your movements throughout the day will be less labored and more powerful. This posture stores up potential energy in the body such that, with practice, when you get up there is a spring board effect Observe your practice for 21 days. Let me know how it goes 😉
Solstice Sip and Squat
With the Solstice nearing, take this opportunity to gather together and squat while breathing and chanting. Sip on Teas that are soothing and rejuvenating to the womb and nerves. Observe the Resting Squat Meditation together. The Solstice is truly a time to revel in the inwardness of things. To enjoy the would be womblike darkness of having much less hours of daylight. Reclaim your Wise Ways and Holistic Indigenous culture by Including this simple, Soothing and Empowering posture and custom into your Goddess Lifestyle.
Update: October 29th 2020
I Created a Yogini Squat Vinyasa. I hope you Love it!
Iya Yogini Kenya is a Registered Massage Practitioner and Yoga Teacher and Priestess Initiate in an Indigenous Sytem of Spirituality. She offers a variety of Women’s WellBeing services Including, WombMassage & Reiki, Pre-Natal Massage, Astrological Consultation and Heartfulness Introspective Love Work, Sacred Space Interior Decor Consultation, Gatherings, Retreats and more. She has 15 years of experience in Womens’ Healing modalities. If you’d like to book an appointment at her Baltimore Office use the button below 💛
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