Postures during meditation

Dear Doctor: Do I need to sit with my legs cross and eyes closed? What is the correct posture for meditation?

Dear Patient: In Eastern traditions, meditation is usually done in the lotus or half-lotus posture where a person’s legs are crossed while sitting on a cushion close to the floor. However, this is not realistic for everyone, and many Westerners feel uncomfortable sitting like this for extended periods of time. Solution, sit in a chair, or anywhere else where you can stay comfortable! The main point is to keep your back straight, neck straight, chin slightly down, feet on the ground, and arms comfortably positioned on knees or thighs. This will allow you to breath comfortably and inhale fully. Some people prefer to meditate lying down but this position is not recommended for beginners because of the high likely hood of falling asleep. A proper position should also encourage mental alertness and physical relaxation.


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