chownah wrote:I can't sit in half lotus any more as my knees won't handle it. If you are under the age of about 40 it is likely that if you approximate the half lotus and you sit every day twice a day then after awhile you will develop more knee flexibility and you can then do the half lotus and you might be able to after another while be able to do full lotus.....but it takes time....and for some people it just ain't going to happen.
As for instructions on how to do it....well...there really isn't much technique and I'm sure someone here can give better instruction than me.
cooran wrote:Hello face...,
Meditation posture workshop
Please consider all the links in the left-side margin:
mikenz66 wrote:I found this page useful too: http://www.mro.org/zmm/teachings/meditation.php
And see this thread for some more advice, including stretching from Ven Dhammanando
http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.ph ... 13&start=0
Jonttu wrote:I once read from a yoga book that in order to avoid permanently hurting the knees, it's important to kind of lock them first when getting into the lotus pose. This assures that the knees don't bend in abnormal ways, and that the flexibility comes from the hips rather than from the knees. I've found that using this technique with a good zafu, I can sit an hour in lotus, with minor pain occuring only in the last 10 minutes of the session.
daverupa wrote:The reason your knees hurt is because when your cross your legs without proper hip flexibility, the femur and tibia (which are normally aligned = parallel to each other) are tilted < like this, and the bones are pinching the menisci. This, over time, will ruin the knee(s).
The solution is to ensure that the two leg bones remain oriented appropriately. There are a number of solutions which are hard to describe solely with words; try reading this and see if it helps.
FaceaceRAWR wrote:mikenz66 wrote:I found this page useful too: http://www.mro.org/zmm/teachings/meditation.php
Oooo! I like that first pose. I've never seen it before, but it looks sooooo comfy!
Thank you, Mike!
mikenz66 wrote:Another thing. I don't think any position is very useful if it's only a mediation posture. If you're not comfortable to just sit like that for normal activities then it's probably a distraction to meditation. At home I spend quite a lot of time sitting in the Burmese position (on some cushions) with my computer, books, or papers on a coffee table. If I couldn't do that comfortably I'd meditate on a chair rather than start off with additional sources of discomfort.
David N. Snyder wrote:...Mindfulness can come in any position and the Satipatthana Sutta refers to the other 'positions' of standing, walking, and lying down. Ananda attained enlightenment in the lying down position, just as his head was about to hit the pillow.
FaceaceRAWR wrote:Anywho, I understand what you're saying, Mike, and that is definitely not the case. I'm just focusing on meditation poses because I want to practice new poses so I can cycle through them and not get all stiff from one or three.
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