The main goal of meditation is relaxation and peace. Knowing this, if you are not comfortable sitting criss-cross, don't do it! Please do not allow yourself to sit in discomfort during your personal time of relaxation. All ages, genders, and bodies can benefit from meditation, so it's very important to recognize your own physical preferences.
How do you need to sit, so that you can be there for an extended period of time? Maybe your knees hurt or you've sprained your ankle in the past. Follow the suggestions below to sample some seated positions, and find what's right for you!
When sitting, make sure you keep an erect posture. This allows the air to easily flow through your body. You can more easily focus on how your breath changes from day to day and in various situations if the only variable changing is your own life scenario.
Why not lie down? Savasana is the final pose of a yoga practice, in which you lie down on your back and meditate on gratitude, intention, and whatever else you focused on in your yoga practice. This is great for yoga, but if you lie down every time you meditate, you risk falling asleep. If that's your goal, meditating at night, hooray; however, if your goal is anything other than sleep, sitting or walking is a better alternative to stay awake and aware of your practice.
Click below to learn how to use a bolster with various sitting poses!