Does the following sentence best present the sitting position shown in the picture?

He is sitting kneeled down.

enter image description here

2 Answers 2


You could say:

He is sitting on his heels.


He is knelt back on his heels.
He is kneeling back on his heels.

  • There are a number of yoga guides that describe it similarly to “Kneel on your mat, big toes touching, and sit on your heels.” The kneeling and sitting on your heels are treated somewhat separately even though kneeling is the easiest way to sit on your heels...
    – ColleenV
    Commented Mar 4, 2019 at 16:02

I would say

He sits in a kneeling position.

He is in a kneeling position.

Your sentence seems grammatically correct to me.

  • "seems grammatically correct" or "seems grammatically incorrect?"
    – TimR
    Commented Mar 4, 2019 at 12:49
  • @Tᴚoɯɐuo "seems grammatically correct" or "I can't see what is wrong with it" Commented Mar 4, 2019 at 12:52
  • 3
    To be knelt down (knelt is the usual pp form of the verb kneel) means to be on one or both knees in a kneeling position, which implies a roughly 90-degree angle at the knee joint(s). The spine can be arched forward: The EMT was knelt down over the injured person, administering first aid. So we cannot be sitting knelt (or kneeled) down.
    – TimR
    Commented Mar 4, 2019 at 14:04

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .