March 23, 2023

Buddha Meditation Posture

buddhist meditation posture

Buddha Meditation Posture

The ideal of a steady and balanced sitting posture has persisted in yogic art and iconography for millennia, reminding us that a well-aligned posture is one of the essential ingredients of practice. But art leads only so far in the actual construction of a good pose, and you must add the finishing touches yourself by returning to your meditation seat each day.

Yoga and meditation are a calming process that allows you to center yourself and joyfully experience the present moment. Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced practitioner, meditation can be a rewarding and transformative experience.

Finding a comfortable meditation posture is an important part of meditative practice, and it can be difficult to find a position that works for you. Whether you’re a yoga student or a casual meditator, there are some simple things you can do to improve the comfort of your meditation seat:

Sit with Crossed Legs

The Buddha is generally depicted in a sitting posture with legs crossed. Depending on the specific statue, the legs may be in a single lotus position (where one leg rests above the other) or a double lotus position (both knees are pointing downward and the ankles are tucked behind the other legs).

Full Lotus Pose

The full lotus position is a traditional meditation posture used by Buddhist, Hindu, and other yogis for centuries. However, this poses requires significant lower body flexibility and is not recommended for beginners. Trying to force your body into this pose before it’s ready is more likely to send you to physical therapy than meditative bliss.

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