Can you asian squat?

Recently I have been into the most unflexible part of my body – the HIPS. From one minute to 15min per day.

Spending 2 years in Hong Kong, people there squat like its such a chilling pose to spend some time with friends in the street. Which is a torture after less than one minute for any westerners. So i try to do it more often and see how it feels – well its a very good exercice to release tension – but you still look shit doing it.

This exercice is great for balancing the root chakras and break the cycle of emotional repression like fear for my case.

Muladhara is your root chakra. Right at the base of your spine, in your perineum and connected to your legs and feet, this chakra relates to our basic instincts and needs, our homes and finances, and feelings of safety. Have you ever looked over a steep balcony and felt a little twinge right at your perineum, the base of your pelvis? That’s muladhara: your fear also lives there. 

Connect with this energy center in Malasana, or squat pose. Breathe deep into the base of your pelvis as your inner thighs gently open.

Now we will add Kapalabhati breath, which, when done in this pose, helps blast through the fear that might be blocking you in this area. Kapalabhati means “skull shining breath,” and it cleanses your sinus cavities as well as stimulates all your organs for detoxification (have a box of tissues nearby in case you need to cry lol). Use short, sharp exhales, pumping your belly, breathing in and out through your nose. End with a huge inhale, and then a huge lion’s breath, sticking your tongue way out and roaring with your breath like you were laughing in the face of your fear.
It feels silly, and it works.

Publié par Sophie Foucher

Lives between Europe and exotic places, here is my story: I worked as a fashion Buyer for 10 years in Paris and get the chance to travel a lot during fashion weeks and experienced to live abroad. At 30 I changed my life and relocated in Hong Kong, where in parallel of my work I was studying Yoga and Ayurveda from short trips to Bali. Influenced by my teachers, peers, environment and my travels… I felt unstoppable and this year gap changed my life. First, I attended in Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep Monastery my first Vipassana course – the 21 days of silent meditation in 2013. I did an Ashtanga 200-YTT in India in 2013, I stayed under the guidance of certified Ashtanga teachers of KP Jois as Prem Carlisi, Damien de Bastier, BNS Iyengar till now. Completed an Ayurvedic course with Deepak Chopra, M.D., F.A.C.P in his foundation of Ayurveda and also with Dr Ramesh Kumar from the University of Ayurveda in Mysore – India. Completed a Dietary Course called ‘Food is your best medecine’ with the Dr. Veronica Waks M.D., N.D. which is about planning a food plan who works the best with different type of people. More recently in 2018, she stayed under the guidance of well known Ayurvedic author Janesh Vaidya in his center in Kerala to be trained as a Yoga Therapist and integrating Yoga-Ayurvedic program that she is able to teach now. « My experiences make me understand that the key component for health and wellness is traveling into a healing environment, as it is an extraordinary step into the process of self-discovering and how to transform our life with new habits and then sustain this lifestyle for our own health ».  That’s why I choose to use my yoga retreats to guide others for self-discovery and adopting a spiritual practice into their life “Sadhana” and all tools that has benefited me. You can visit my website :

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