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    http://www.tmuscle.com/readArticle.do?id=1856085


    Not sure if somebody else here posted this link? I was just curious to know how many of you can do this effectively, and what it means if you can't...I can get down low perfectly fine, but I topple over if I'm not holding onto something, or I'm using some serious foot muscles to keep myself erect.


    I've been trying to do it for 1-2mins. everyday, but sometimes after I get out of it my lower back hurts temporarily. I know this squat is *good* for the back, so does that mean my back is screwed? hm...


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    haha same here... I've been practicing it for a while but I still don't have much balance when I do it. It's a great pre-squatting stretch.

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    It takes a bit of practice. I&#39;m better at it with sneakers on than bare feet, but it&#39;s getting easier. I can squat for 3-4 minutes before getting uncomfortable. One thing that&#39;s interesting to try, is to "squat-walk" like that. I saw it once on a television program, a woman sweeping the floor with a hand broom, walking while squatted down. It&#39;s quite difficult, and I can&#39;t yet sweep an entire floor that way, but it&#39;s worth a go!


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    I&#39;m quite comfy squatting like that, but I haven&#39;t tried squat-walking!

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    I can do that although I haven&#39;t done it in a long time. I sometimes clean my kitchen floor squatted like that. You have to squat like that if you have to use a "Turkish-style" potty.


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    If it&#39;s uncomfy for you, you can put a slightly rolled blanket under your heels while your body loosens up. You can slowly minimize the support under your heels as you get more flexible. There is a big difference between being able to put pressure/weight on your heels while squatting and needing to lean forward while squatting b/c of balance (when you can&#39;t really get your heels all the way down.) This might make a difference in how your back feels in the position.


    I also find it easier if I keep my knees and toes pointed outward a bit, and put my hands in prayer position, elbows slightly pressing on knees...


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    That blanket idea does help. I didn&#39;t do that, but when squatting barefoot I did (and sometimes still do) squat on an uneven surface- like where my area rug meets the regular carpet. It&#39;s just a fraction of an inch higher, but believe it or not, it does help.


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    I just tried it, I can do it and stay in that position indefinitely, but my hubby can&#39;t do it at all! lol


    I think studying yoga might have something to do with this, and that I naturally squat while playing with my kiddos on the floor.

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    I can do it but not for a super long time without my legs getting tired.

    One of the kids I babysit would squat like this while playing with his toy trains, and I squatted down beside him a couple times, but he thought that was weird of me and wanted me to sit in the chair in his toy room (I guess that&#39;s the "grown up" thing to do? heh).

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    Everytime I go to squat my knees, pelvis, and back cracks and pops REALLY loudly. Of course my belly is getting in the way too, which makes me a little sad since I was hoping to strengthen my thighs and possibly use a squat position for birth. It&#39;s looking like it&#39;s not happening.


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