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The Floor-Sitting-Poses in Yoga

Sitting on floor with bent legs is one of the most  important positions in yoga, and basis for

 

  • pranayama (breathing exercises),

  • mantra singing, 

  • relaxation, or

  • meditation.

Ideally, the sitting posture with the torso erect should be held for several minutes. There are several sitting variants, for example Padmasana (lotus seat), Muktasana (liberated pose), Vajrasana (sitting on the heels) oder Sukhasana (cross-legged pose).

However, many people find sitting on the floor difficult as it can cause pain or even injury to the joints, tendons ligaments and muscles.

Air8 back:up Yoga Cushion

helps you sit upright without pain

The Air8 yoga cushion centers the pelvis while sitting cross-legged and gives it an equal gentle support from the front and back without forcing the pelvis into a fixed or stiff position. The spine can stretch out more easily and stay stretched for longer time. Thus, the chakras along the vertical central axis can unfold on top of each other

On the Air8 yoga cushion the pelvis is slightly elevated, which reduces the  painful pressure on the hips, knees and ankles. 

The special, patented form, adapted to the anatomy of the bony pelvis, helps to align the pelvis perfectly.

The

Special Feature 

The interplay of

form, air and symmetry

Filled with air, the balloon-like Air8 cushion always tends to return to its original shape, and at the same time it acts like a kind of echo generator, absorbing and amplifying the vibrations of the body. The result is a springy, floating seat feeling. The perception of the pelvic floor while sitting on Air8 is much more delicate and intense. 

Due to the special nature of Air8, the absolute body symmetry is supported. While other tools used in yoga - such as foam pillows or cherry stone cushions -  passively adopt the position of pelvis, favouring possible pelvic obliquity and associated orthopaedic problems;  the Air8 gives instant pelvic support and optimizes the perception of body symmetry along the central axis. The body is forced to keep its balance in a gentle way. Thus, the floor sitting turns unnoticedly to a whole body workout, a kind of "relaxed stretching" and "stretched relaxation" at the same time. 

The Air8 yoga cushion

allows floor seating in  many variants

saddle-cushion

The classic use as a floor cushion in saddle shape. Ideal for cross-legged positions, the gentle base for breathing exercises and meditation.

The pelvis has space in the hollow of the cushion, while the sitting bones balance on the air cushion.

cushion-stool

Raised seat made of two nested cushions with a straight sitting area, suitable as a seat variant for people with reduced mobility. Again, the air filling supports the vibrations of the body and gives a great body-feedback.

arch-cushion

The Air8 cushion can also be used in inverted - arch-like - position, for example, as a narrow pad for the heel seat. By adjusting the amount of air different degrees of hardness can be achieved.

wedge-cushion

In combination with two cushions, the upper Air8 can be positioned at an angle, creating a kind of wedge cushion, suitable for lotus position and all sitting postures, when the sacrum needs more erection.

Seating variants in an overview

with feet in front of the body, crossed at knee height. The pelvis is centered in the follow of the pillow, the sitting bones (ischial tuberos) balance on the airy surface. The torso floats, the spine can straighten up. Knees and ankles are relieved. This is a very gentle seat variant.

Cross-legged Pose ( Sukhasana)

If pressure or pain in the hips, knees or ankles, the legs can be supported with additional cushions to provide relief. Here, the Air8 cushion can be underlaid on both sides, that is saddle or bow side; depending on which body part needs relaxation, f.e. knees, lower legs, thighs, etc. By adjusting the amount of air different degrees of support can be achieved.

Ideal for people with orthopaedic problems, such as hip osteoarthritis, for whom a sitting low may be difficult. Here, two nested Air8 cushions form an air-stool. The pelvis can float in an elevated position, the body can experience the enjoyment of meditation and pranayama happily and painlessly. If necessary, the legs can be underlaid with pillows for further relief.

Elevated Cross-legged Pose

... if the seat height is to be increased even more, there are other variants:

saddle-stool formed from 3 cushions,

double-stool from 4 cushions. 

on saddle cushion. Knees slightly open to the side, heels under the buttocks. Pelvis centered, rib cage above the pelvis. Spine erect. Chin at right angles to the torso. Shoulders relaxed.

on arch side of cushion, means Air8 turned upside down. Knees pointing forward, back of the feet under the cushion arch. Pelvis is higher than the saddle variant, everything else is the same. Corresponds to a classic yoga bolster or yoga roll, but allows thanks

a very pleasant and gentle heel seat option for people with discomfort in the ankle or instep. Here, the feet rest in the follow of the lower cushion, gently supported and freed from any pressure. The upper Air8 is placed head down, means air-bag to air-bag, on the lower one. The butt floats relaxed on the straight seat of the upper cushion, the back can be optimally erect.

to its air filling much more feeling for the body, especially the pelvic floor.

Kneeling Pose on double cushion

Kneeling Pose - arch variant

Kneeling Pose (Vajrasana) - saddle variant

The amount of air in both cushions can be adjusted for optimum seating comfort in seconds.

can be taken very well on two Air8s in wedge shape. The pelvis is positioned higher than the knees. The tips of sitting bones balance on the air cushion. The feet are not cross, but lie in front of the body, heel to heel in front of each other. Thus, hips and thighs are easier to relax.

can also be practiced on two Air8s in wedge shape. The raised pelvis is gently supported from the back down. The legs can relax from the hips, knees close to the ground. One foot lies under the thigh and the other on the thigh. Hence the name "half lotus position". This posture is recommended only for advanced yogis without orthopaedic discomfort. Important is the regular variation of the leg posture to prevent one-sidedness and thus a pelvic obliquity.

Half-Lotus Pose (Ardha Padmasana)

Liberated Pose (Muktasana)

Lotus Pose (Padmasana)

While considered the premier class in yoga posture, it is also very demanding and can cause serious orthopaedic discomfort and injury. For beginners, this position is not recommended. If you still want to practice it yourself, then two Air8s in wedge form the basis for the raised pelvis. Both feet are on the thighs, knees near the ground. As with the half lotus, the regular alternation of leg posture is important here as well to preserve the body symmetry.

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