Finding a comfortable meditation posture was always my biggest challenge when I was first starting my practice. My back would ache, my knees would hurt, and my feet would fall asleep. The only advice I ever remember getting was to sit still and ignore the discomfort. This didn’t make me look forward to or enjoy meditation in the least.
Not being able to find physical comfort can be a deterrent for many people, so here are several options for how to sit with ease during meditation:
For many people, sitting on the floor is either inaccessible because of injuries or physical limitations. Sometimes meditating on the ground is inconvenient, for instance, if you are meditating at the office or on the train home from work. So sitting on a chair is a great option for everyone.
This is my favourite meditation posture. I like the symmetry of this pose and sitting upon a block seems to help support my spine best. Plus, virasana is good for the digestive system and I find it the most sustainable posture.
*Although it may not feel like it at first, this meditation posture is fantastic for the knee joints.
I wish I could remember who taught me this version of the easy crossed-legged sitting pose because it is genius. The ‘V’ shape of the blocks gives support to the sitting bones and hips without putting pressure on the tailbone and allowing it to release.