One of the first things I learned about meditation is that if you can’t feel comfortable physically, you won’t be able to relax mentally. When I started to meditate regularly, for example, I quickly realized that I needed a backrest, something more comfortable to sit on (like this comfortable meditation cushion), and a mat. or a mat so that my feet do not press on my hard floor. I also realized that doing a yoga practice before meditation was the perfect combination to calm my mind and relax my body before sitting down to meditate.
Unfortunately, I don’t have the time to do a yoga session every morning, and even with my pillow-mat-backrest combo, I still sometimes struggle to be comfortable enough to have an effective practice. So when I saw this set of stretches to help you sit comfortably, I paused my scroll on TikTok and rolled out my mat. Created by Offbeat Yoga, this video teaches six quick stretches designed to open your hips and prepare you to sit comfortably with your legs crossed. It only took a few minutes to complete (I held each stretch for about 10 breaths), then I went straight to meditation – and I could feel the difference. My hips were less stiff and straight, and it felt easier to relax into my sitting position. My favorite pose was definitely the angled twist with the foot on the ground. It’s a simple move, but it brought a glorious stretch to my hips!
If you feel uncomfortable crossing your legs, try the quick stretch workout above and see if it helps! And here are some more hip stretches to help release tension and feel more comfortable in a sitting position.