5 Reasons Why The Indian Way Of Sitting On The Floor And Eating Is Good For Health

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Eating at table and chair might not be good for health! But the age old Indian way of sitting on the floor and eating is all scientific and the right way to eat as well. When we sit down to eat in India we generally sit cross-legged which is also a posture in yoga known as sukhasana or padmasana.

1. You don't just sit on the floor, you do yoga.

So when you sit in Sukhasana and eat, not only you are eating but you are multi-tasking and doing yoga at the same time. The posture allows you to calm the mind and applies pressure to the lower spine which may facilitate relaxation.

2. Helps in improving digestion.

When you sit on the floor and bend forward to eat and go back to your natural position. This back and forth movement helps muscles in the abdomen to secrete digestive juices, and helps in digesting the food properly and quickly.

3. Makes your body stronger and flexible.

When you squat or sit in Padmasana, the muscles in your lower back, pelvis and around your stomach stretch reducing pain and uneasiness. The regular stretching of these vital muscles also helps make you flexible and fit.

4. Helps in managing weight issues.

Doing some sort of physical activity is advised by doctors, but when it’s time to eat, the best thing to do is to sit on the floor. This also involves exercise when you sit down and get up.

5. Improves family bonding.

Eating in India is a family activity with everyone sitting together to eat. The ritual improves the bonding with the family. Also the posture relaxes the body and is actually good to have a happy and relaxed family get together.

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