Don’t Under Estimate the Importance of Your Meditation Sitting Position

One of the most important components of meditation is your level of comfort. If you feel tense, constricted, or uncomfortable in any way, then that is going to have a significant impact on the quality of your meditation… most likely in a detrimental way. Therefore, a significant factor that you need to take into account is your meditation sitting position.

There are numerous different sitting positions in which you can meditate. When you first thought about meditation, you may have had visions of gurus sitting in a cross-legged position with their eyes closed while chanting “om.” And certainly, this is one way to do it, but you should not falsely believe that it is the ONLY way.

You also don’t need your meditation sitting position to be on the floor. You can also feel free to sit in a chair or on a stool if that is more comfortable for you. Sitting cross-legged on the floor (as children naturally do) is one of the most common meditation sitting positions in that it keeps you relatively stable, thus allowing you to fully concentrate on your meditation at-hand.

Another meditation sitting position that you can try is called the seiza position.

With this one, you get down on your knees, with your calves and feet pointing behind you and your buttocks resting on the backs of your calves. If you are feeling a lot of pressure, then you can place a pillow in between your buttocks and your calves for increased comfort.

A third meditation sitting position is the half lotus, which does require a little bit of flexibility, but not so much that you need to have prior gymnastics experience or anything like that. To get into this position, begin by sitting cross-legged. Then, place your left foot onto your right thigh (or your right foot onto your left thigh, either or) with the other leg remaining tucked beneath and all the while maintaining a straight spine.

The full lotus position is similar to this except whereas with the half lotus only one foot is resting on one of your thighs, with the full lotus, each foot is resting on each opposing thigh. Consequently, this position requires even more flexibility. The bottoms of your feet will be pointed towards you in this position. And as always, make sure to keep your spin straight.

A final meditation sitting position that we are going to discuss is the Burmese position. With this one, you want to extend your legs out straight in front of you while keeping your feet and knees together in a straight line, resting flat on the floor.

These are just a few of the many different meditation sitting positions that you can try. There absolutely are other positions available, including those that allow you to meditate while lying on the floor if you find that to be more comfortable. However, just be sure that you do not get so comfortable that you actually fall asleep while you are lying on the floor.

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Rachel, the owner of Your Best, is a traveler, marketer, and lover of adventure. She started meditating a few years ago, while living in Brazil, and has REALLY enjoyed the benefits of meditation since then. With regular meditation, Rachel reports feeling more calm, at peace, relaxed… and having a greater sense of “knowing”. That being said, she doesn’t always remember to meditate… … and is working on practicing more often. She finds that guided meditations help a lot, though. It can be really difficult to get still yourself, so having someone point you in the direction you want to take is priceless. When not meditating, Rachel has several other passions. Her interests range from reading, traveling, belly dancing, psychology, yoga, Toastmasters, and everything in between.

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