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Why Does My Leg Go Numb In Full Lotus?

  • If your leg goes numb in full lotus, it could be due to compression of the sciatic nerve. This is a large nerve that runs from the lower back down through the legs, and it can be compressed or pinched in certain positions or postures. Here are some possible reasons why your leg may be going numb in full lotus:
  • Tight hips: Full lotus requires a significant degree of hip flexibility, and if your hips are tight, this can put pressure on the sciatic nerve and cause numbness or tingling in the leg.
  • Poor alignment: Full lotus requires proper alignment to avoid putting undue pressure on the joints and nerves. If you are not properly aligned in the posture, this can contribute to nerve compression and numbness.
  • Overuse or injury: If you have overused or injured your hip or lower back, this can lead to inflammation or pressure on the sciatic nerve, which can cause numbness or tingling in the leg.
  • To address numbness in full lotus, it’s important to work with a knowledgeable yoga teacher or physical therapist who can assess your individual needs and suggest appropriate modifications or variations. Some strategies that may be helpful include:
  • Using props, such as blocks or blankets, to support proper alignment and reduce pressure on the sciatic nerve
  • Gradually building flexibility and strength in the hips and legs over time to support healthy movement in full lotus
  • Focusing on proper alignment and engaging the core muscles to avoid collapsing into the posture
  • Listening to your body and avoiding pushing too far or too fast in the posture to avoid aggravating the sciatic nerve.
  • Remember to approach full lotus with care and attention to proper alignment to avoid injury and promote a healthy practice.

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