Poop More Effectively By Repositioning One Leg

Poop More Effectively By Repositioning One Leg

You can learn a lot from the Samurai way, including how to poop more effectively. Yes, really.

Image via Art of Manliness

As writer Will Black discovered, you just need to reposition your leg.

The samurai would sit squarely on the seat, cross his leg so that his right ankle rested on his left knee (his left foot remained on the ground), place a hand on each knee, then straighten his back. Supposedly this aligns the bowels to help one from having to strain. You may think it seems like a bunch of malarkey, but this one actually works. If you have ever felt like there is a plumbing issue when you sit down, then pay attention. Take your time, have some patience, and you will get the yoga version of Draino on your system that has been passed down from samurai warlords of old. I have literally felt a swirling sensation during the act of evacuation. Try it out to see for yourself.

I didn’t want to take his word for it so I tried it myself and this does work. It’s not particularly comfortable outright, as toilets weren’t designed for anyone to sit this way, but you can adjust yourself for comfort before you begin your business. Once you start pooping, you’ll realise your crossed leg almost acts like a frozen yoghurt dispenser as it feels like it’s helping to push the poop out without the need for any muscle strain. This technique won’t replace the need for a balanced diet with sufficient fibre and water, but if you have healthy poop it will help you do your business better.

How to Poop Like a Samurai [The Art of Manliness]


  • I’m calling shenanigans on this. Although the Japanese now embrace the pedastal style of all bodily functions possible, Samuri in times past would have most definately enjoyed the long drop. This leads to the question of whether they could have balanced, in modern times, on one leg whilst crossing the other without hitting the seat warmer and automatic lid buttons in the process. Food for thought.

    • The Samurai have perfected the ancient art of the Hover.
      You have much to learn young Budgie Bottom.

  • Hello

    Long time reader, first time poster

    While I always read the articles for helpful advice, this one in particular caught my eye, due to the delicate nature and TMI topic, but whatever makes the embarrassing, yet necessary daily ritual easier, I thought I would read it.

    I am just confused how one would attempt this in a work situation, if this was a samurai thing, samurai’s didn’t wear pants, and when you have your shoes on and less than 20 minutes, and your pants around your ankles, how do you attempt, regardless of being overweight to get/take the time to get your leg resting on top of the other and not look suspicious if anyone else is in the bathroom at the same time… Maybe this is best saved for home, in a dressing gown.

    Not saying I can’t get one leg over the other but you know what I mean

  • OK, a word of warning for everyone. I was super excited about this and thought i gotta try this out.

    I am sitting there with one leg in my pants and one leg crossed across my knee. When all is said and done I try to get my pants back on. I accidentally put my foot into my pants pocket, trip forward and hit my head on the cubicle door causing random co-worker to call out to see if I was ok.

    This has been the worst toilet experiment I have conducted all week!

  • One leg is good but two is better. After learning yoga I now do it with my legs behind my head and stretch as well as get a good evacuation of the bowels. With daily pelvic floor exercises I find I can now shoot basketball style from several feet away, slam dunk indeed! I’ll post the video soon.

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