Lotus position or Padmasana (Sanskrit: पद्मासन, padmāsana) is a cross-legged sitting meditation pose from ancient India, in which each foot is placed on the opposite thigh. It is an ancient asana in yoga, predating hatha yoga, and is widely used for meditation in Hindu, Tantra, Jain, and Buddhist traditions. Variations include half lotus, bound lotus, and psychic union pose. Advanced variations of several other asanas including yoga headstand have the legs in lotus or half lotus. The pose can be uncomfortable for people unused to sitting on the floor, and attempts to force the legs into position can injure the knees.
- Sit in a comfortable chair with your feet on the ground and hands in your lap.
- Close your eyes, and take a few deep breaths to relax the body.
- Open your eyes, and then close them again.
- Repeat a mantra in your mind.
- When you recognize you're having a thought, simply return to the mantra.