Seriously, I don't remember when I first learned to sit cross-legged, but I've been doing it ever since. On the floor, on the couch, and yes, even at my desk at work. 37-year-old woman sitting cross-legged at her desk, yes indeedy. If I'm sitting, my feet are usually by my knees, not on the floor.
This last year, it's been bothering my right knee. And I, of course, have been thoroughly ignoring said knee and the corresponding pain. Lately, all the way up to the point of limping.
Until this week, when I'd been limping regularly for like two weeks, I finally said, OK, it's time to give the knee a rest. It's time to try sitting with my butt in the chair and my feet on the ground. At least for a little while.
The good news, my knee felt better after even one day of no cross-legged sitting. The bad news, I move to sit cross-legged about a million times a day. And not that I'll never sit that way again (clearly, that would be an issue in yoga class!), but I want to be sure the knee feeling better sticks, you know? I'm trying to at least sit "normal" all day at my day job.
Which after 30+ years of sitting cross-legged is a bit of a challenge.