Beginning yoga student practicing Yogic Squatting Pose (Sanskrit name: Malasana)

I am always amazed when I visit India and see people who can work for hours while effortlessly squatting on the ground. Many of us who were raised sitting on chairs rather than on the floor have lost the ability to squat with ease along with the benefits that squatting can have on our posture: stretching the back, elasticizing the knees and ankles, and regulating the digestive system. In this squatting forward bend, your back is released from head to tail as the ankles, knees, hips, and entire spine are flexed. The back is long, rounded, and soft and the arms encircle the body.

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