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I am a physically fit male who has been a competitive obstacle course racer and weightlifter. I have recently taken up yoga to improve my flexibility and cannot sit cross legged with a straight back. My body, especially my lower back strains just to keep me upright. Folds are absolutely impossible. I can round my back and lean over a bit but that’s it. I don’t have any hip problems, squat poses are fine and I have an otherwise strong back. Thinking back, I don’t think I could sit this way as a child either. Has anyone else experienced this issue and identified a cause and treatment?

  • It could be because of your knees, are you perhaps slightly knock kneed? See this link where people with knock knees are advised to "avoid sitting cross legged" practo.com/consult/… – Yogesch Oct 25 at 13:33
  • While it's an interesting question, it's not one we can really answer. It could simply be inflexibility, it could be bone structure, it could be form. We just can't say. – JohnP Oct 25 at 14:46

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