This is a simpler posture to master. Here, the legs are not crossed but
the knees are spread and stay down, and the legs are folded and the feet pulled back in
front of the pelvis with one foot in front of the other. The 'cupped' hands rest at the
tops of the thighs or on the heels. It is essential to have a firm cushion to sit on and a
folded rug or blanket below that to prevent pain in the feet and ankles. The buttocks
should be pushed out a little to bring the back into easy uprightness.
You can also practice meditation sitting on a chair. Find a chair that
will allow you to sit upright and have the back of your head supported. Placing a cushion
against your back can ensure poised posture in sitting upright in some chairs in which
otherwise poised sitting would be difficult. You can meditate, however, on a simple
straight-backed chair by sitting in poised posture. With hands on thighs, this may be
called Egyptian posture. A good placing of the hands
for meditation is to 'cup' them limply in your lap, with thumbs touching, with your wrists
at the tops of your thighs.
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