My husband likes to do it lying down. I prefer to do it sitting up.
I’m talking about meditation positions. What were you thinking?
There are several common positions that people use for meditating:
- Crossed legs
- Lying down
- Seated in a chair
There are several variations to this position. In all of them, make sure your spine is straight, with your chin tucked slightly in.
The most challenging for many people is the lotus position.
In the Lotus position, your right foot rests on your left thigh, and your left foot rests on your right thigh. An alternative if you are not able to do this is to put one foot on the opposite thigh, and rest the other foot on the floor in front of you.
A much simpler variation is what my kids call, “criss-cross applesauce.” This is your traditional crossed legs pose. You know, the one you sat in at circle time in kindergarten.
Lay flat on your back, with your legs out straight and your arms at your sides. You can put a pillow under your head, and one under your knees if it bothers your back to lay flat. As I mentioned above, this is my husband’s favourite meditation position. I find that I am more likely to fall asleep than meditate laying down!
This pose is not recommended if you have knee problems! Sit on your knees, with your butt on your heels and your toes stretched out behind you. You can use a meditation cushion to sit on to cushion yourself.
Seated in a chair
Choose a chair with a straight back. Sit all the way back in the chair, with your feet flat on the floor. Ideally, your legs will form a 90 degree angle at the knee, and at the hip.
Those are the most common meditation positions. What’s your favourite?