Is the posture important?

dora's picture

Average: 4.2 (10 votes)

There are meditation traditions, such as the Buddhists, that put special emphasis on the meditation posture (e.g cross-legged, back erect, etc.) while others, such as Osho, claim that the posture is marginal.

I wonder where the truth is. I find it most comfortable to meditate lying down (I don't fall asleep)

leo's picture

meditation is about the inner

The very essence of meditation is the inner process within your consciousnesses.

The physical posture is important only in its support for making this inner process optimal. That's it.

leo | Sun, 04/06/2008 - 04:22
Mastercvvyoga's picture

I believe in your

I believe in your words.


Mastercvvyoga | Wed, 08/19/2009 - 15:06
nathan's picture

Depends on the type of meditation

In certain types of meditations, when, for example, a flow of energy within your body is involved, the posture may be of importance.

Otherwise, especially in the pure sense of meditations (i.e. mental process), the physical circumstances are of less importance.

Listen to your body and choose the posture that you feel most comfortable with. This listening is actually a meditation by itself.

nathan | Fri, 04/11/2008 - 02:16
Tania's picture

The misconception about the lotus posture

2000 years ago, when people were not using chairs but were used to sit on the ground, the lotus posture may have been natural for those people. It had the benefit of automatically keeping the back straight.

Nowadays, sitting in a lotus posture is a torture for an average mediator. Consequently, instead of being attentive to the meditation work, the meditator finds herself fighting with the pains and discomfort.

It is funny (and sometimes a bit sad) to see people in group meditations forcing themselves into the lotus posture and other external rigid formalities. Doing so sometimes indicate a misunderstanding of what meditation actually is.

Get loose and choose your posture with an open free mind.

Tania | Thu, 04/17/2008 - 11:36
n0ndual's picture

upright position

Meditating long term is better to sit upright for two reasons: to assist the Kundalini's upward flow and or for not to fall asleep. In Shabd Yoga Meditation, which starts at the Ajna, not using the K nadi one can fall into 'sleepitaion' laying down easy.

~ What is IS ~ T. Leary

n0ndual | Fri, 07/04/2008 - 17:16
madan_gautam's picture


The Posture is a preliminarily one, and are being advised/followed only till your Kundalini Shakti/Inner Awakening does not take place.All these designated posture helps and boosts in this & once it take place then it hardly require and one can follow any posture as per his/her convenience.

madan_gautam | Fri, 01/02/2009 - 13:35
abra's picture

kundalini & postures

madan - i see that you are well acquainted with kundalini practices. Based on your experience what do you think about the book "Kundalini Tantra" of Swami Satyananda Saraswati (Bihar School of Yoga)? It seems that the book is very well written and well organized, there are there several techniques for each chakra.

Second question: if I am not practicing kundalini stuff but other type of meditation (e.g. observing body sensations a la vipassana) - do you think I can do the meditation while lying down?

abra | Fri, 01/02/2009 - 18:42
madan_gautam's picture

kundalini & postures,Kundalini Tantra

Dear Abra
See there are many type/path available for Kundalini awakening,which I have mentioned in my profile and about Kundalini Tantra BY Swami Satyananda Saraswati ,it is bsaed on Hata Yoga and it is totally theoretical and I personally do not recommend it and even though you may not get the desired results.I would recommend you Kundalini Shaktipat if you are really interested in this Kundalini path.
Rest you may read my profile and siddha maha yoga for this.It is most simplest,easiest and effective way.
second question is related to first,all are different path and methods and to be followed according to their rules and guidelines.

madan_gautam | Sat, 01/03/2009 - 06:45
mbnarayana's picture

Importance of posture for meditation

In Patanjali yoga sutras it is said that our aasana should be stable and comfortable( sthira sukha masanam).So we can meditate in a posture that is comfortable to us.Age& fitness of sadhaka are to be taken in to consideration before deciding posture.If we sit in padmasana posture for half an hour in the name of sadhana,we are likely to get knee pain.So the sitting in a steady posture is voluntary.Let us not try for a posture,which is not comfortable to us.

mbnarayana | Fri, 07/10/2009 - 11:18
Arjunan's picture

posture is to be firm and pleasant!

yes ...
dora started a good topic hoodoes to it...

being belonging to tradition of rishis padmasana is my forte.....

padmasana is lotus pose....
we see in kundalini yoga different chakras are differnt lotuses....

so meditating on lotus pose is best....

they say by this pose alone sky was formed which is steady...

for firmness posture is needed...

posture helps u to be firm....

"sthiram sukham asanam" sadhana pada tells...

if ur god incarnate u go into samdhi u can do any posture but if ur vice principal "u run a school subscribing that pose to others its bad....

students need discipline....

in padmasana the back is erect ur body function all ur chkras mind all will be erect thats the purport...

good luck....

"sthiram sukham asanam"

"posture is to be firm and pleasant" why when u do so alone
ur attentive attentive men always hear erect the teachers know...

so tina for
discipline their is no sin if foreigners get pain in trying it for they respect indian yoga and we must not forget tradition which has high values lest we lose the whole purport...

for many years and in good rain i naturally adopt padmasana
its the best...

its good dora follows lying down but i am a director and lying down is mostly to rest and relax as in savasana not for meditation unless u are bedridden...

rules are their for all to follow...
if we set false rules the childrens and studnts are the sufferers...


Bharat matha ki jai.

Arjunan | Wed, 07/15/2009 - 07:45
RandomStu's picture


Not all Buddhist traditions stress the posture of the body. In the school I practice with, we generally sit upright, but if that's too painful, it's fine to sit in a chair, or stand up, or lie down. Because the really important thing is how you keep your mind.

However, the deciding factor shouldn't be what's most comfortable. We all like to be comfortable, but when we're perfectly comfortable, we're less inspired to be attentive and inquiring. When we're too comfortable, we never examine our desires. We gain no insight into how holding likes and dislikes creates suffering.

"Middle way" means not to torture yourself... but not to be completely comfortable all the time either.


RandomStu | Tue, 09/29/2009 - 18:44
PranaBeats's picture

Breathing :)

In my experience, if your breath is deep, full and conscious, so is your posture, whatever your position.


"Trust allows you to navigate imagination beyond where shadows lie". Tony Samara

PranaBeats | Sat, 04/24/2010 - 13:13
prabhudr's picture

Is the Posture Important

Yoga Philosophy based on monograph of patanjali yoga sutras has put Posture(asanas) as one of the limbs of yoga tradition. It has been placed before Pranayama(breathing exercise) and Dyana(Meditation).

Asanas(Posture) play important role physical health by optimizing the body's flexibility. It will further help in increasing the same position for long time after long practice.

A fixed position is good for Pranayama(breathing Exercise) as there is a stability of body and will be very helpful in passing of energy in the body totally fixing the path of energy.

From this point of view a comfortable position for long duration will help in spiritual process.

HATA YOGA gives important to postures(Asanas) mainly the purpose may be to maintain body balance of VYANA VAYU(Type of Vayu related to movements in Ayurveda) which increases the stamina of body along with various movements and healthy body functions.

prabhudr | Thu, 06/07/2012 - 06:56