Test: try watching your favorite 30 minute TV show sitting on the floor. Spend ten minutes kneeling, ten minutes cross legged (criss cross apple sauce), and ten minutes in a squat. How many of the three positions are comfortable for you?
3 out of 3: I bet your squats rock.
2 out of 3: Not bad but your hips, knees, or ankles need some work.
1 out of 3: Ruh roh, you’re asking for trouble.
0 out of 3: Danger! Fix this before you hurt yourself!
Real live human beings use “rest positions” that don’t involve furniture: sit, squat, kneel.
Fact: men in North Korea squat on street corners while smoking cigarettes and reading the newspaper.
Fact: traditional restaurants in Japan don’t have chairs in their fancy reserved rooms.
Fact: yoga was originally developed to allow yogis to sit comfortably without moving for hours during meditation.