A cushion can be utilized to elevate the buttocks slightly and to reduce pressure between the lower ankle and the floor. The practitioner must find out for himself whether it is best to fold the right leg or the left leg first.
Many people experience discomfort because of the pressure applied where the two ankles cross each other. If necessary, place a folded cloth or piece of sponge between the legs at this point to reduce the pain. At first you may find the pressure at the perineum difficult to bear for more than a minute or so. With practise this time will be increased.
This asana requires a reasonable degree of leg flexibility. Therefore do not attempt to force your legs beyond what their flexibility will allow.
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