Meditation – What is the right position?

by Albert Ronald
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Many people have just meditated worried about using the right meditation position, and want to make sure they do it right. This article looks at some general meditation postures, and helps you decide which is the best for you.

First of all, it is important to realize it is that there is no ‘right’ position to meditate. Meditation is a practice that is very varied – there are many different ways to meditate, people meditate with various reasons, and also, there are many different postures that you can adopt – all of which can be very effective. So don’t close the idea that you have to find a perfect position to learn meditating, because this doesn’t happen.

After saying that, let’s look at some of the most popular meditation positions.

Popular meditation position


One general position involves kneeling on the floor with the remaining body remaining. Some people sit on their heels, while others sit between them. In both cases, it is recommended to kneel on the soft surface such as meditation pillows or soft mats, to make positions more comfortable and easier to kneel. If you are not used to kneeling, you might find this position challenging, like people with knee problems.

Cross legged.

Sitting crossed is another popular position to meditate, and provide a good way to keep your spine erection (which is important in many meditation styles) without putting a lot of pressure on your joints. Again, it is best to sit on a pillow or other soft surface.

Sit on the chair

Meditation while sitting upright in the chair is an easy position for most people, and during your chair support, it is also very comfortable. This is a very good position for those who find that they tend to fall asleep if they try to meditate while lying down.

Lotus & Half Lotus

Lotus’s position, where the legs are crossed with the legs tucked on the thigh side, maybe the position of the most famous meditation, and has been quite an identical to meditation practice. However, this is a difficult position to achieve for most people, and of course there is no need to sit in Lotus position to meditate effectively.

Half-Lotus variations where only one foot is tucked into the thigh. It’s a bit easier, and can be a good position to be adopted if you want to work to reach the full lotus position, but once again it’s not necessary.


Finally, many people choose to meditate while lying on a comfortable surface – this is sometimes known as the position of the corpse. This is a very convenient posture for most people, it’s my personal favorite. The main problem with meditating while lying is that it can easily fall asleep, especially if you are tired or not really used for meditation.

The above position can be done without special props (other than chairs or pillows), but you can also get a special meditation seat that makes it easier for many people to maintain upright position and keep the spine, without putting a lot of pressure on the joints. So, if you are serious about being meditation, you might want to consider trying some of them, but you certainly don’t need to do it.

As you can see, there are many different meditation postures that you can try, and we only see the main ones here. It’s a good idea to experiment and see which one you like, rather than being transfixed to find a ‘perfect’ position. In fact, the best meditation position is the most convenient for you. When meditating, the last thing you want is a feeling of uncomfortable or sick to disturb, so find a comfortable position where you can lose awareness of your body is the most important thing.

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