Lotus pose can bite me. This pose requires my feet and legs to contort like a pretzel, and then some. It requires the knees to bend backward, the back to remain rod-like straight, and the butt to stay ziplocked shut. My body does not do that.
If you’ve been around meditation long enough, you’ve seen people requiring the lotus pose. They show pictures of people in officially-licensed Dhali Lama apparel, sitting atop Mount ImBetterThanYou while maintaining the perfect pose. If you can’t get into position, keep practicing. Eventually, you’ll be as holy and trite as they are.
Here’s a list of somewhat acceptable poses
Okay, if you haven’t obtained enlightenment and can’t quite muster the lotus pose, here are some lesser, somewhat acceptable options.
- Sitting in a chair.
- Lying on the bed.
- Sitting criss-cross-applesauce.
- Walking in the park.
- Hanging upside down like a bat.
Eventually, you can work your way up to the lotus. Eventually.
Tell the yoga teachers to shove it
Yes, I have an issue (several really) with people telling you that the lotus posture, or any posture, is a requirement of enlightenment, yoga, meditation, etc. It’s not.
If someone insists that you need to sit a certain way to meditate, tell them to namaste themselves off a cliff. Blessings, bitch.
I know this doesn’t sound like the normal me, where I’m telling you to love yourself and all the other beings in the universe. I’m jesting for color. I want you to see and visualize the circumstance. I don’t want you to suffer in your pursuit of peace.
This is the best pose for meditation
I like listening to and reading the works of davidji. This guy’s voice sounds like centuries of meditative practice crammed into one man’s vocal cords. Listening to him is like sipping hot cocoa on a cold winter’s night.
One thing you’ll hear davidji say regularly is, “comfort is queen.” This phrase changed my life’s practice. If you aren’t comfortable, you won’t want to meditate. Simple as that.
The best pose for meditation is whatever makes you the most comfortable.
Ryan DeJonghe is the owner of YourEnergyHealers.Org, an online collaborative of energy and Reiki healers offering services over video. Ryan is also the author of Energy Healing 101, releasing January 2021.