The Seiza style, the way of sitting with knees together and the legs folded under the body, is beautiful to see on the tatami.

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The Seiza style, the way of sitting with knees together and the legs folded under the body, is beautiful to see on the tatami.

Naturally, it makes back straight because of its style that putting buttocks on the heels.

But amazingly, the Seiza style was not standardized until the Edo Period (the 17th to the 19th century)
in Japan, and usually people sat with the Agura (cross-legged) style.
Furthermore, the Seiza style was for criminals at that time.

Because the tatami was not standard until the end of the Edo Period.
The tatami was for the nobles and riches, or putting sleeping place.

Usually common people’ room had been the wooden floor.
If they sit with the Seiza style, it will hurt them.

The Agra style was much better that time.

But the Meiji government decided that the Seiza style was the correct sitting style in Japan
because the tatami became the standard from the end of the Edo Period to the Meiji Period.

Is there any meaning in the Seiza style spread in the 19th century?
According to
“30 seconds Seiza style in the morning,”
said Mr. Kim Seong-IL, a judo therapist, if we sit with the correct Seiza style for 30 seconds in the morning,
our posture, blood flow, and backache will be improved.

This is really easy to try; just attach heals and sit with the Seiza style.
At first, do kneeling position by tiptoes while attaching heals, and then, put buttocks on heels to do the
Seiza style and keep it for 30 seconds.

Why don’t you try the way of beautiful posture in Japan?

Source of photos:
http://blog.livedoor.jp/y_sato4193/archives/2014-07-25.html

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