This morning I ran a session for 9 teenage girls. In the room there were a few bean bags and so I decided to give them a chance to use them so that they could see what a difference posture makes to meditation.
Usually I would run this sort of session just using the chairs but I was very aware that the bean bags would add a bit of novelty!
In any event experimentation is always good, I think that keeping and open mind trying a new position is a good thing.
For me a fail safe position for meditation is to sit in a chair with your feet flat on the floor, back straight and hands on your lap. Even if this feels a bit alien at the start by the end of the Meditation you will probably realise that your body feels still, comfortable and grounded.
However, It is well worth trying out some different positions to keep things fresh and to make sure you have found the right one for you.
Some people enjoy sitting cross legged on the floor, or on a cushion. For me this is difficult because my legs are quite tight from running, but if you are flexible and comfortable in this position then give it a go.
Sitting cross legged on the sofa, or with my back against a wall to provide the support I need to keep my back straight, is another good option.
So, the most important thing is, that when you want to train your brain, your back is straight and that you are upright. This means that your position reflects the state of mind that you are looking to achieve – relaxed yet focussed.
If you are looking to fall asleep then certainly try meditating whilst lying down. This will encourage more relaxation and less focus. You are likely to drop off.
So see what works best for you. All of our bodies are different. The most important thing is to cut down the distraction that comes from physical discomfort.
Come on a Revitalise Session to see how you could get more out of your Meditation time.