To Sit or to Squat? The best way to have a poo…

To sit or squat

Whats the best way to have a good Poo? 💩

Squatting versus sitting?

We learn our bathroom habits from parents/ caretakers or watching siblings from an early age. Different habits in different parts of the world and cultures.

Most people who travelled through Asia are familiar with a drop hole toilet. Initially it can seem really strange of having to squat on the toilet and you might miss the porcelain throne but which toilet do you think is better to empty your bladder and bowel?

Ayurvedic wisdom has specific instructions on natural urges and morning ablutions. 🌞❤️🌿

Classical reference:

After getting the natural urge to dispel urine and faeces naturally, the person should eliminate them, facing north if early morning and if still dark facing south.
Silently one should squat, covering the head with a cloth, attending to the urge commenced on its own and without initiating the urge by force
Astanga Samgraha of Vagbhata, Su 3: 3-4

Udadamukho mutrasakrddhiksinabhimukhe nishi |
Vacan niyamaya prayatah samvitango vaguntitah ||
prabartayot prachalitam na tu yatnaduhiryet |

Looking at this sloka/ verse from the ancient text clearly we can see that we should

NOT be on a mobile phone 📱
NOT do anything else 📖
NOT force or strain while eliminating and 🥵
NOT suppress a natural urge 😬😑

Ayurvedic and Yogic recommendations to help with your elimination:

1. Eliminate in the morning, sitting in a private and clean place
2. One should not gaze towards auspicious objects (don’t place any gods near the bathroom/ toilet.
3. Avoid places that are dirty
4. One should tighten the abdominal muscles and do a brief Muladhara engagment (of the pelvic floor muscle) before release
5. Drink some water early morning stored in a pure copper cup overnight
6. Sattvic diet and lifestyle
7. Regular Yoga practice, Malasana (Garland Pose) the yogic squat has a grounding quality and activates Apana Vayu needed for elimination .
Squatting versus sitting 

1. The physiology of the nerves and the muscles of the bladder and bowels are most easily aided by the natural curve created by squatting separating the thighs maximally.
2. The muscles holding the rectum closed become relaxed upon squatting and elimination is more complete.
3. It prevents “fecal impaction” which is a causative factor for IBS, appendicitis and inflammatory bowel disease.
4. Haemorrhoids that occur from straining are relieved with squatting
5. Evacuation is faster due to straightening the anorectal angle during squatting
6. Your lower limbs will get some exercise too 🙂
7. There is no contact of the buttock to a seat that could be full of germs and unhygienic.
8. Squatting is also useful for pregnancy boi avoiding pressure exerted on the uterus when using the toilet

Sitting toilets designed by Joseph Bramah and a plumber Thomas Crapper emerged in Europe where there was no orderly disposal of human waste.

Toilets came with an increase of constipation, varicose veins, hernia, haemorrhoids and appendicitis. 😢😢😢

We recommend a small stool, a stool gives you the option to be in a full squat position (Ideally 35C angle). Foot stools such as the Squatty Potty are great. ❤️❤️❤️
For parents and caretakers we recommend to educate from an early age about the benefits of using a foot stool.

Also be sparse with your toilet paper. If you are suffering from haemorrhoids we recommend only to gently pat the area, rather than wipe.

We LOVE the toilet paper from Who Gives A Crap.
This is 100% recycled toilet paper and 50% of the profits are donated to build toilets in the developing worlds.

If you suffer from digestive or problems with your elimination we recommend to see your Ayurvedic practitioner for a consultation.💩

For more email info@lakshmiayurveda.com.au or call us on ph: 0406810547

With Love your Lakshmi Team 🙂

PS: some more information by the Queensland Department of Health

* 𝘗𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘦 𝘯𝘰𝘵𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘴𝘦 𝘤𝘭𝘢𝘪𝘮𝘴 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘣𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘥 𝘣𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘛𝘎𝘈. 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘪𝘯𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘷𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘥 𝘪𝘴 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘮𝘦𝘢𝘯𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘣𝘦 𝘶𝘴𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘥𝘪𝘢𝘨𝘯𝘰𝘴𝘦 𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵 𝘢𝘯𝘺𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘣𝘦 𝘵𝘢𝘬𝘦𝘯 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘶𝘭𝘵𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘢𝘯 𝘈𝘺𝘶𝘳𝘷𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘤 𝘱𝘩𝘺𝘴𝘪𝘤𝘪𝘢𝘯. 𝘞𝘦 𝘥𝘰 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘨𝘶𝘢𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘢𝘴𝘴𝘶𝘮𝘦 𝘯𝘰 𝘭𝘦𝘨𝘢𝘭 𝘭𝘪𝘢𝘣𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘰𝘳 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘱𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘪𝘣𝘭𝘺 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘢𝘤𝘤𝘶𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘺, 𝘤𝘶𝘳𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘺 𝘰𝘳 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘭𝘦𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘪𝘯𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘥 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘴𝘦 𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘢𝘭𝘴.

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