Very useful advices. How high do you need to sit? in the zasu , your hips are high then the knees can be crossed easily and the body sits better because is not hard as the block. In a blanket or cushion you are closer to the floor, more difficult for you from what you just explained.
Using a couple of blankets to sit on them and a blanket in either knee for support, might be useful too.
Have you tried these tips? tell us how you feel.
Have you tried Yoga sitting in a chair? Rodney Yee has a useful dvd "Smart Start Yoga".
Above all, listen to your body, Namaste!
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There are lots of poses most of us can't do so don't worry about it. Elevating your hips should definitely help and listening to you body say "I'm not ready for this yet" is really important to a sustainable practice. Most likely, you will get more flexible the more you practice. Yoga is a journey and it's not as important to achieve a pose as it is to keep trying.
How "crossed" are you talking about? I can't do half-or full lotus, but can "cross" with both feet on the floor. Sometimes though, I feel more comfortable with one leg more forward than the other, so my forward foot is in front of the opposite knee, rather than underneath it. I think you probably want to adjust to find the position that is comfortable for that day, I find some days I can "cross" more than others. Like the other posters said, sitting on a towel, cushion or block can help as well.
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One of the great things about yoga is it's ability to be adapted to each persons needs. I typically sit on a zafu cushion for cross legged positions myself. The one my teacher has comes from yoga.com I believe. They are purple heart shaped buckwheat filled ones.
Hey! A lot of times if my knees or hips are giving me trouble, I sit on a block or bolster or rolled up towel. You might try this or some other way to elevate your hips. Helps me! And man I have tight hips and knees!
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I love yoga and love practicing it but the only problem is I can't sit cross legged. It causes a lot of pain and discomfort so I feel like I am not getting the best out of those poses because I am focusing on how to situate my body into a comfortable position rather than focus on the pose. It is frustrating because I really love the benefits and way I feel when I practice. I just can't seem to get my hips and legs to cooperate. I have hyper extension in my knees and elbows so I'm not sure if that has something to do with it. Any advice? Anyone else have this trouble?
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