What’s the Right Way to Sit for Meditation?

One of the classic images that come to mind when you think about meditation is that of a yogi sitting in lotus position on the floor, back almost impossibly straight. For people new to meditation, it’s a position that can be uncomfortable and hard to maintain for longer periods of time.

While posture is important in meditation, you’re not expected to adopt the perfect posture immediately. It is something you will develop over time.

Body postures are perhaps most well known in yoga where practitioners use Asanas, or body positions to tap into deeper levels of relaxation, awareness, and strength. Meditation, as a branch of yoga, also encourages certain body postures.

Different Meditation Techniques

There are different techniques that can be used for meditation, and the position of the body often depends on the intention of, or reason for, the session. Meditation can be used for relaxation, to develop concentration, to aid in emotional healing, or it may be directed toward self-witnessing, self-understanding, spiritual practices, and mastering one’s own thoughts.

If the purpose behind a meditation session is to relax and heal emotionally, and you prefer to listen to a guided meditation or visualization of some sort, you can choose just about any comfortable position—even lying down. If your intention is to further your practice, it’s more important to keep a position of awareness and attention.

Basic Meditation Posture

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