Numerous books and websites about meditation are filled with pictures of people sitting in a perfect lotus position. Ahh, good for them! However, if you are not a yogi person, it might be very difficult for you to sit and relax in that perfect pose during a meditation.
For example, I have been doing yoga for eight years, but sitting still in lotus or half-lotus position for more than a couple of minutes creates so much tension in my thighs and pain in my lower back, that all I can do is watch the clock, waiting for the struggle to end.
If you experience tension or even pain sitting in the lotus/half lotus position, here are some tips for making sitting comfortable:
– sit in a rama-chair; if you want put pillows under your thighs,
to avoid tension that might build up during long meditation
– sit on a meditation bench, you might fold a yoga mat to provide cushion for your knees
– sit in NadaChair Back-up, which provides well-cushioned support for perfect posture
It is very convenient if you go to a meditation class or if you like meditating on the beach, in the parks, mountains, etc, as it’s very light and portable.
And lastly, you can always just sit in a comfortable but not very soft chair; make sure that your feet are touching the floor (for grounding) by using a pillow or mat under your feet, you might also consider a pillow behind, to support your lower back and help straighten the spine.
One more suggestion: if you have an option in what direction to sit in meditation, choose east or north direction to have better energy flow.
Thus, there are lots of options to ensure comfort during the meditation. Do not be discouraged if you previously could not relax during meditation, just choose a method and a prop that works best for you.