However, our modern society does not seem to appreciate the importance of floor time for health. In fact, sitting on floor is simply not possible. Our schools, colleges, and offices are not designed for squatting.
With all sorts of furniture for all rooms, there is no place for squatting in our own residences. You cannot sit on floor to have your meal at a hotel – why hotel, even the daily “annathanam” (food offered at temples), especially in Tamil Nadu, are served in tables and chairs!
Furniture can serve as status symbols, but research shows that it is unhealthy. Sitting is the new smoking, says Mayo Clinic of the US, one of the world’s leading hospitals, echoing the well accepted view that sitting on chair for a long time is bad for health.
This is in line with the mission we stand for “Going the traditional way” for healthy life. Even today, all Eastern traditions honour the art of squatting – Japan’s seiza is famous among them. And people have started realizing the importance of floor living. Let’s “past forward” for a healthy life!