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5 Asanas to Sit in Stillness Comfortably

Sitting on the floor for extended periods of time is a very important part of everyday life, especially in India. Although we are most familiar with the standard cross-legged posture, there are a variety of different and beneficial postures for floor sitting of which you can try and find the most comfortable one for you right here!

Find our informative and step-by-step video on Sitting in Stillness for prolonged periods of time for more visual assistance. 

Sukhasana

The comfortable posture, is formed by simply crossing one leg over the other and tucking the heels underneath the thighs. To properly distribute the weight along the bottom of the legs, try leaning forward with a straight back and pulling the muscle away from the sitting bones. Sit up, and then try it again. Sit up and feel the difference, and the sturdiness of the posture. This simple adjustment will also reduce the pressure on the ankles.

For Sukhasana as a meditation posture, sit up straight, adjust your fingers into chin mudra, close your eyes and drift into deep silence.

Siddhasana

Is formed by shifting the leg that was tucked under in Sukhasana up and above the other leg, so that the heel is above the groin. Now, both heels will be stacked on top of each other. Siddhasana is a greatly rewarding posture for yogis and yoginis, as it balances the body-mind interface, stabilises the mind and purifies the pranic body.

Ardha Padmasana

Or the half lotus pose will help us prepare for the full lotus pose. From Siddhasana, bring the upper leg further up on the thigh and allow the hips to fully relax. Whenever you sit on the ground, you can take turns with both legs up in order to prepare the hips and both legs for the full lotus pose.

Padmasana

By lifting the other foot up and on top of the thigh as well, we reach Padmasana, the full lotus posture. Padmasana gives you balance throughout the entire body and creates a calm and sturdy posture for deep meditation.

Vajrasana

If sitting with crossed legs is not possible for you, you can always try Vajrasana, the thunderbolt pose. Bring both legs underneath the buttocks, and sit comfortably on the touching heels. Sit up straight and allow the torso to be stacked directly above the heels and buttocks. When used as a meditation posture, invert the chin mudra so that the palms face the thighs. Close your eyes and relax. 

Try and practice all these seated postures, and see which is the best for you.We wish you the best in your meditation and all your other traditional seated activities. Namaste!

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