YOFA Meditation Question: Difficulty Sitting

Rooted in the InfiniteMany people cannot sit cross-legged on a meditation cushion.  If that is you, you can still get the full benefit of the YOFA System of Inner Alignment.

Sitting cross-legged is not required!

While there are many beautiful yoga supplies you can buy, and many meditation cushions and benches that can bring a sacred feeling as well as physical support, you do not need any of them.

Here is a question that came in from someone who is reading Rooted in the Infinite and working with the meditations:

Question:

I find it hard to meditate because my mind wanders and I don't seem to shut down.  That's partly due to the fact that I have a slightly bulging disc at L5, S1 and I'm concerned that I'm not sitting in proper alignment.  Additionally, I can't cross my legs due to arthritis in both hips.  LOL!  So I guess I don't relax enough to do the actual meditation because I'm concerned about my alignment.  Any thoughts on how to proceed?

Answer:

Sitting on a Chair

Sit in a chair where you're sitting at the edge of the seat and your knees are slightly lower than your hips.  Or at least your thighs are parallel with the floor. (Make sure your knees are not higher than your hips.)  Your feet are flat on the floor.  It may take a little searching to find the right height chair.

Standing

If the discs are too irritated by sitting, you can do this standing.  You can stand next to a table or chair with your hands on the back of the chair or on the table to maintain your balance while your eyes are closed.

Although this is not a meditation to do lying down, you have much freedom to discover an upright posture that allows you to relax your body and focus on your inner alignment.

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