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Want More Nourishment From Your Food? Eat Your Meals Sitting On The Floor.

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When was the last time you had to make the effort or were forced to squat on the floor? Unfortunately, for many of us in Western countries sitting on the floor is not part of our etiquettes. Apart from a feeling that the floor isn’t the most hygienic place to sit, leave alone eat, there is also a sense of awkwardness.

 

Why is this so important?

The way we sit, how we sit and where we sit, influences the functional structure and posture of our bodies. It aligns the spine and our musco-skeletal framework back to its original form. It is the “natural” way mankind was programmed to be, the way of our ancestors. In countries, especially in Asia, where squatting and other forms of floor living are seamlessly weaved into everyday life, people still retain the mobility to do all that stuff into old age.

Though difficult at first, making a conscious effort can eventually lead to easing into this ‘new’ posture and back into a primal posture and health.

 

Benefits of having your meal sitting on the floor:

  • Naturally there is a connection with earth’s natural energy bring balance to our nervous system. And food is more appealing to all our senses.
  • When you sit on the floor, you usually sit cross legged – In sukhasana or a half padmasana  (half lotus), which are poses that instantly bring a sense of calm and help in digestion, it is believed to automatically trigger the signals to your brain to prepare the stomach for digestion.
  • When you eat your meal with a plate placed on the floor, you will naturally have to bend forward from your hips instead of just your chest and sit back up to starting position to swallow. This constant back and forth movement causes the muscles of your abdomen to be active, increases secretion of stomach acids – making it much easier to digest food. And an upright position prevent acid reflex.
  • Sitting on the floor and eating has great benefit for weight loss. When you sit in this position, your brain automatically calms down and is better equipped to focusing on the food you eat, helps you finish leaving a sense of satisfaction. And you have to get up and move more muscles to go for second serving. It curbs craving or binge eating.
  • When you squat or sit in sukhasanas or padmasana, the muscles in your lower back, pelvis, around your stomach and those of the upper and lower abdomen stretch – reducing pain and discomfort. This helps your digestive system relax and stay in a normal position. We are left with a straight spine and vast space in our stomach without compressing our ribs helping in eating better and digest well.
  • It help you focus on your food, also helps you make better choices when you eat. Since your mind is calm and your body is ready to accept nutrition, sitting on the floor is the best way to eat the right amount and kinds of food.
  • Floor seating helps gain back your Posture. With our culture surrounded by desk jobs and slouching we have lose our posture. Posture is very important when it comes to staying healthy. Good posture not only helps prevent injuries but it also reduces the chances of excessive strain on muscles and joints.When you sit on the floor your awareness on posture improves with in few days, making your back straight, lengthening your spine and pushes back your shoulders –all the common aches and pains that come with bad posture vanishes.
  • padmasana and sukhasana are poses that have immense health benefits for your entire body. Not only does it help your digestive system function better, but it also helps keep your joints supple, flexible and less prone to injuries and degenerative diseases like arthritis and osteoporosis. That is because the constant bending of the knees, ankles and hip joint helps keep them flexible and free of diseases. And with flexibility comes better lubrication between the joints making it much easier to sit on the floor.
  • It is a great hip opener! When I see my student in a yoga class with a tight hip, I suggest them to practice sitting on the floor. This releases lower spine tension and strengthens hips.
  • Sukhasana and padmasana significantly calm the mind and relaxes frazzled nerves.
  • Floor seating also helps circulation as the blood flows naturally through the heart to digestive organs in contrast to chair seating where the blood flow to legs. Therefore sitting on the floor and eating, affords you a healthy heart with strong muscles to help it cope with the pressures of daily life.

 

Vinaya Saunders

Vinaya is an RYT-500 and passionate yogini. Her teaching is a rounded balance of guided meditation techniques, pranayama for overall emotional and physical development, and Ayurveda. Greatly inspired by Bhramakumaris raja yoga and Yogananda's kriya yoga, Vinaya uses the benefits of these teachings to encourage stability in handling life's situations and helping others find ultimate health and transformation in their lives.

Vinaya Saunders

Vinaya is an RYT-500 and passionate yogini. Her teaching is a rounded balance of guided meditation techniques, pranayama for overall emotional and physical development, and Ayurveda. Greatly inspired by Bhramakumaris raja yoga and Yogananda's kriya yoga, Vinaya uses the benefits of these teachings to encourage stability in handling life's situations and helping others find ultimate health and transformation in their lives.

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Cid KM
Cid KM 5pts

Oh boy, this again? Lol jk, love it.

Vikram Port
Vikram Port 5pts

no ...u sat on chair ...in ur pic :D

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

Thank You Pankaj Varun Thakur

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

Thank You Sara Hoover-Shaw

Punam Kalra
Punam Kalra 5pts

I enjoy eating my meals on the floor.

Umbreen Hanif
Umbreen Hanif 5pts

Sunnah (habit) of our Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

Sara Hoover-Shaw
Sara Hoover-Shaw 5pts

Excellent article!! We will be trying this starting tomorrow!

Shashi S. Chavan
Shashi S. Chavan 5pts

Good morning my dear friends!!! Have a fantastic day with the grace of God!!! Always remember God!!!

Dipti Parikh
Dipti Parikh 5pts

Yaaa I m still eat meals sitting on the floor!!\U0001f44d\U0001f604\U0001f618\U0001f618

Ami Hrishi
Ami Hrishi 5pts

Dipti Parikh and u have told this all through life... \U0001f44d\U0001f618\U0001f618\U0001f618

Josula Kameshwar Rao
Josula Kameshwar Rao 5pts

Whatever be the religion, all the saints,seers and all great people say the same thing, though in different words. The crux is that sitting on the floor and eating is healthy.

Deepak Niroula
Deepak Niroula 5pts

Good to see such kind of useful information..... Thanks admin.

Ira Love
Ira Love 5pts

I love to sit on the floor to eat. My kids and I enjoy our picnics in our home during meal time. It's like a party!!!!

Deeppurple Sridhar
Deeppurple Sridhar 5pts

Santhna dharma says. In KIRUTHA YUGHA ...TRILLIONS of years ago the same thing eating with hands in leafes only. Like banana .lotus etc....Noe we are in KALIYUGA just 5114 old

Nilgrib Banerjee
Nilgrib Banerjee 5pts

that's why it is india's oldest culture to eat on the floor :)

Kiran D Baloch
Kiran D Baloch 5pts

Love my prohet Muhammad s.a.w.he taught us well n whole life style.dat man who was messenger of Almighty Allah....creator of all.

Arif Abraham
Arif Abraham 5pts

Believe me the Prophet Muhammad (SAW), the greatest man in history has already mentioned that 1400 years ago to all to eat sitting on the floor and together with family or friends from one single large plate.

Linette Sue Montgomery
Linette Sue Montgomery 5pts

I dont even have a table to sit at ! Even better. Just because I cannot afford one. is what it is. But people come to mt house and see I have no TV or a bed or a dining tavle. They think me strange. Is just how I am ... Now I know that I am proper !

Mimeen Khan
Mimeen Khan 5pts

The sunnah way to eat since 1400 yrs ago. BOOM another fact science just caught up on just now.

Vishal Bhosle
Vishal Bhosle 5pts

All these years I've been sitting on the floor to have my meals, and I never knew the benefits of it......