Meditation

Meditation Postures

Different people follow different postures for meditation. There is no hard and fast rule that says that Meditation should be done in a particular way only. Every individual is built differently. Each person has his or her own individual sitting system, which they find comfortable and relaxing. Also, many people prefer to alternate between different sitting positions and different sitting tools. Some of the common Meditation Postures employed are as follows.


The Burmese (cross-legged) position:

This position requires you to sit with your legs crossed offering the most stability. It helps in creating a tripod effect.

The lounge ( lyingback ) position:

This position is used for complete relaxation and resting of the back. One can adapt this position when he/she is very tired. One can meditate lying back using the help of a back rest.

The ‘sky’ position (‘perching’ and ‘easy pose’):

This is a position which lies between the cross-legged and kneeling positions. Meditation can be done by just sitting on a chair, or a stool. One doesn’t have to cross their legs. This position is useful especially for those of us with limited flexibility.

Seiza or Kneeling Position:

This position requires you to kneel and meditate. Generally, the kneeling position requires less flexibility than the Burmese position.

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