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Re: The Third World Squat
« Reply #15 on: July 01, 2010, 03:05:08 PM »
Jerk  ;D

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Keep in mind that this is not the squat-on-toes. You people can all get into a flat-footed squat and rest the comfortably? I mean, I can, but am so off balance I need to shift back and forth a lot, and all that shifting makes my hips uncomfortable after like 30s

Yup, flat-footed squat, ass to grass!
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Re: The Third World Squat
« Reply #16 on: July 02, 2010, 06:46:17 AM »
I'm slowly getting better at this. It is no longer uncomfortable for long periods, I just can't balance right. If I hold onto my coffee table, I can hold it for 2-3 minutes just fine. Working up the balance now as much as I can


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Re: The Third World Squat
« Reply #17 on: July 02, 2010, 07:08:48 AM »
Yup flat footed...I wouldn’t be as relaxed for long periods just on toes.  On toes might be a good balance exercise though unless it bothers the shins to much.

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Re: The Third World Squat
« Reply #18 on: July 02, 2010, 07:12:28 AM »
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I'm slowly getting better at this. It is no longer uncomfortable for long periods, I just can't balance right. If I hold onto my coffee table, I can hold it for 2-3 minutes just fine. Working up the balance now as much as I can

Awesome!  8)

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Re: The Third World Squat
« Reply #19 on: July 02, 2010, 07:42:37 AM »
Yup flat footed...I wouldn’t be as relaxed for long periods just on toes.  On toes might be a good balance exercise though unless it bothers the shins to much.

I can do toes no problem. There is much more sheering force on the knees, but if you keep light tension on the thighs, it's not bad. This has always been my resting posture of choice due to my terrible hip flexibility. Sumo wrestlers squat that way when bowing in before a match, so it can't be all that bad for the knees... /shrug


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Re: The Third World Squat
« Reply #20 on: July 06, 2010, 06:31:23 AM »
I read about those on marks daily apple and have been doing them ever since.  They have helped my "groin" flexibility... first time i did them I couldn't belive how tight my hips and groin were considering i stretch all the time.

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Re: The Third World Squat
« Reply #21 on: July 07, 2010, 06:20:58 PM »
I can and do one on toes all the time. I can only do a flat-footed one if I'm on a slight incline.

Maybe another way is to stretch is to start at an incline (or shoes with heels) and gradually reduce the slope?

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Re: The Third World Squat
« Reply #22 on: July 07, 2010, 06:54:31 PM »
Hmm I can do it flat footed, but I have to reach my arms out in front of me to stop from tipping backward.

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Re: The Third World Squat
« Reply #23 on: July 07, 2010, 08:25:41 PM »
Hmm I can do it flat footed, but I have to reach my arms out in front of me to stop from tipping backward.
You're supposed to keep your arms in front of you. "Knees in arm pits".

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Re: The Third World Squat
« Reply #24 on: July 08, 2010, 03:39:43 AM »
You're supposed to keep your arms in front of you. "Knees in arm pits".

Personally speaking, I have no problem with where I put my arms. I can have them outstretched behind me and my balance is unaffected.

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Re: The Third World Squat
« Reply #25 on: July 08, 2010, 06:46:48 AM »
I can do these better than the ones on the toes. Does that make me a freak?

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Re: The Third World Squat
« Reply #26 on: July 08, 2010, 06:48:32 AM »
I'm getting there. Fat legs don't help :D

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Re: The Third World Squat
« Reply #27 on: July 09, 2010, 10:34:17 AM »
tried this after reading the thread - I knew I could already do it from my yoga classes

I tried it first wearing boxers and I could do it fine, then I tried it wearing cargo style shorts and I was falling backwards - now I'm trying it completely naked and it's fantastic - let your head drop, knees in armpits and arms loosely hanging forwards - eyes closed and long slow breathing. Maybe this is the forbearer of praying and worshipping positions.
« Last Edit: July 10, 2010, 12:53:37 AM by el cogollero »

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Re: The Third World Squat
« Reply #28 on: July 09, 2010, 08:24:28 PM »
Hey, nice to find other so-called "third-world" (ie natural) squatters here. It has always been one of my favorite ways to sit (and, yes, I mean feet flat and ass on the grass and balanced and can sit this way for long periods). It became especially favored by me when I developed a curved spine and back pain in my teens, as I found it reduced the pain. My mother used to tell me to sit up on chairs, but I'm glad I kept squatting and stayed limber and it's neat to find out that nowadays scientists and Paleos are starting to recognize that it's healthy.

One caveat: it apparently can be more difficult to squat with heels flat if your leg/torso ratio is too high. The particularly long-legged among you may have to raise the heels or squat on an inclined surface. Can anyone here with long legs and short torso squat fully?

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