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10 Best Poses for Meditation


A non-drug medicine for the wellness of the mind is Meditation. It is the method to de-stress yourself and focus on a single point. It is the finest way to eliminate the chaos running into your mind.

The basic aim of meditation is to disconnect the mind from the chaotic world and to connect it with the peaceful world. Its purpose is not only limited to mental wellness but is also beneficial to physical health as illness occurs from the mind.

Meditation is done in two ways; either by focusing on a single point or by emptying the thoughts from the mind. Focusing on a single thing or point doesn't mean letting negativity run into your mind. But to shift your focus into a beautiful or positive thing such as a flower, river, scenery, or mountains. 

Secondly, just remove all the thoughts from the mind. Simply close your eyes, relax your mind, let calmness come into your face and move into a state of peace.

Here, in this blog, we are explaining the postures which you can opt for doing meditation. Please note that the blog is just to provide you with information. Before starting with any pose, get proper training.

You can also join Meditation Teacher Training Course or Program at Real Happiness.



Here we are telling you some positions or postures in which Meditation practice can be done. But there are some rules one should aware of before opting for any of the given poses.

  • Your upper body (spine, back, neck, and head) should be straight and erect.
  • There should be a straight alignment in your head, neck and back.
  • Relax the shoulder and abdominal muscles.
  • Eyes should be closed.
  • There should be no motion during the practice.
  • Always use a mat before performing asanas.


Breaking the word into two parts, "Siddha" and"Asana". Siddha means "Accomplished" and "Asana" means "Pose". It is a comfortable pose in which you have to sit cross-legged. As it is a type of yoga asana, so definitely it has some benefits. Let's talk about its benefits first - 


  • It improves the posture.
  • It stretches the hips, knees and ankles.
  • It directs energy from the lower body to the upper body.
  • It reduces stress and anxiety.
  • It gives physical, mental, and spiritual relaxation.
  • It balances the Nadis (or nerves).
  • It activates the Chakras.

How to Practice?

  • Sit with legs close to each other on the floor.
  • Place the left foot at the perineum. (Female should place in the labia majora)
  • Place the right foot over the left foot.
  • Slide the right toes into the left calf muscles.
  • Make sure that the knees are touching the floor.
  • Keep the spine straight.
  • Press the chin against the chest.
  • Breathe naturally and deeply.
  • Keep the hands on the knees
  • Create Chin Mudra or Jnana Mudra with your fingers.


The two Sanskrit words, "Padma" meaning "Lotus" and "Asana" meaning "Posture" makes the word "Padmasana" meaning "Lotus Posture". In Tibetan, Chinese, and Buddhism; it is known as "Vajra".


  • It improves digestion.
  • It activates and balances the Chakras.
  • It reduces menstrual syndrome.
  • It gives relaxation to the mind.
  • It increases concentration.
  • It controls blood pressure.
  • It reduces muscular tension.

How to Practice?

  • Sit down on the floor with your legs stretched and spine upright.
  • Bend the right knee and place the right foot on the top of your left thigh.
  • Do this similarly with the left knee and foot, put it on the top of the right thigh.
  • The sole of both the foot should be facing towards you.
  • Make sure your body is completely straight with the knees touching the floor.
  • Put your hands on the knees to perform any mudra.

Note: The asana can also be practiced by putting the left leg first.


"Vajra" means "Thunderbolt" or "Diamond" and "Asana" means "Posture". It is also known as "Adamantine Pose" in English. It is advised to sit into Vajrasana for 5-10 minutes after taking a meal. Do you know why? Explore its benefits to know -


  • It stimulates digestion. (So, now you got the answer for "Why")
  • It enhances blood circulation in the lower abdomen.
  • It makes the nerves of the legs and thighs, strong.
  • It provides flexibility to the knee and ankles.
  • It is the best prevention for certain rheumatic diseases.
  • It provides relaxation to the waist and the hip region.
  • It diminishes the menstrual pain

How to Practice?

  • Kneel (Knee Stand) on the floor.
  • Put the legs together.
  • The big toes of both legs should touch each other.
  • The heels should face outward.
  • Sit on top of the heels lowering the hips.
  • Keep ankles, knees and shins in one line.
  • Exhale after sitting.
  • Place your hands on the thighs.


As depicted by the name, "Sukha" means "Comfort" or "Pleasant" and "Asana" means "Posture"; Sukhasana is the comfortable asana position in Yoga and Meditation.

It is a simple asana where you sit cross-legged keeping your spine straight. However, the asana is simple but it offers a number of benefits and there is a certain criterion to practice the asana. Let's explore this together.


  • It is the base posture for other higher levels of postures like Padmasana and Siddhasana.
  • It activated the Muladhara Chakra (Base Chakra).
  • It reduced Blood Pressure and Palpitation.
  • It relaxes the brain.
  • It reduces stress.
  • It offers a good stretch of legs.
  • It harmonizes the CNS (Central Nervous System).
  • It activates the PNS (Parasympathetic Nervous System).
  • It improves digestion.

How to Practice?

  • Sit with the legs straight.
  • Bend firstly either right or left leg and place it touching the opposite thigh.
  • Repeat similarly with the other leg.
  • Sit straight keeping the head, neck and head erect.
  • Put your hands on the knees.
  • Perform Chin or Jnana Mudra with fingers.
  • Keep the body in loose condition.


Swastikasana is the combination of the Sanskrit words,"Sw" meaning "Good", "Asti" - "existence", "Ka" - "to make", and "asana" means "posture". It is also known as "Auspicious Pose" in English. When a practitioner finds it difficult to perform meditation with Siddhasana and Padmasana, then he/she can perform Swastikasana.


  • It increases concentration.
  • It calms the mind.
  • It relieves pain in leg muscles.
  • It gives relief from Varicose Veins.
  • It refreshes the nervous system.
  • It improves digestion.

How to Practice?

  • Sit on the floor.
  • Stretches out your legs in the front at some distance.
  • Bend the left leg and place the left foot against inside the right thigh.
  • Repeat it similarly with the other leg and place it in between the thigh and calf of the left leg.
  • Place the wrists on the knees.
  • Take Dnyana Mudra.
  • Breathe normally.

Ardha Padmasana

Understanding its meaning from Sanskrit words, "Ardha" means "Half", "Padma" means "Lotus", and "Asana" means "Posture". It is also called Half Lotus Posture. It is a little easy than the Lotus Posture but still, there are lots of benefits of it.

  • It gives peace of mind.
  • It relieves stress and anxiety.
  • It restricts blood flow into the lower portion of the body.
  • It makes the mind stable.
  • It helps in performing advanced meditation postures.
  • It cures therapeutic conditions like Type II Diabetes, Hypertension, and Cardiac issues.
  • Sit on the floor.
  • Stretch your legs in front.
  • Fold one leg in such a way that the foot is placed on the inner thigh of the opposite leg.
  • Similarly, proceed with the other leg also.
  • Both the legs should be put in a way that the sole touch near the pelvic bone as much as possible.
  • Make sure that the head and spine are straight.
  • Both knees should be placed in a way that touches the ground.
  • Rest the hands on the knees in Chin Mudra or Jnana Mudra.
  • Close your eyes and breathe slowly.


When we dissect the word "Shavasana", we get two words "Shava" meaning "Corpse" and "Asana" meaning "Posture". In the English Language, it is termed "Corpse Pose". It is usually practiced after the yoga session or at the end of the Yoga Session to relax your body, mind, and soul. The Asana is all about relaxation. The purpose of Shavasana is to relax the body after an asana session.

The asana is very simple to practice but the key point is that your body should not sleep during the practice. Shavasana helps to reduce stress and tension.


  • It relaxes the body.
  • It reduces headache, fatigue, and anxiety.
  • It calms the nervous system.
  • It improves concentration.
  • It improves blood circulation.
  • It reduces muscle tension.
  • It improves mental health.
  • It is the base of Yogic Sleep.

How to Practice?

  • Lie down on the floor.
  • Keep the legs apart comfortably.
  • The feet should face in opposite direction.
  • Keep the hands on the sides apart from the body.
  • The palms should face upwards.
  • Relax the whole body.
  • Concentrate on breathing naturally.
  • Close your eyes.


"Vira" means "Brave Person" and "Asana" means "Posture". "Virasana" thus is also known as "Hero Pose". Like the name, the asana kills the enemies inside our body and mind with courage and dedication.


  • It relieves knee pain and heel pain.
  • It is beneficial for digestion.
  • It reduces gastric problems.
  • It relieves the tragic symptoms of menopause.
  • It reduces swelling in the legs.
  • It is beneficial in pregnancy.
  • It is good for people with high blood pressure and asthma.
  • It strengthens the arches

How to Practice?

  • Kneel on the floor.
  • The thighs should be perpendicular to the floor.
  • The feet should be more than hip-width apart.
  • Sit between the feet.
  • Keep the spine erect.
  • Spread the shoulders across the back.
  • Rest the palms on the thighs.
  • Knees should touch together.

Supta Virasana

The combination of Sanskrit words, "Supta" as "Lying Down", “Vir" as "Hero", and "Asana" as "Posture" makes the word Supta Virasana meaning Reclined Hero pose and Reclining Hero Pose. In Ashtanga yoga, the Supta Virasana is also known as Paryankasana B or couch pose B.


  • It energizes the mind.
  • It improves digestion.
  • It relieves the pain in the legs.
  • It creates a balance between the mind and the soul.
  • It gives relaxation to the muscles of the legs and knees.
  • It relieves menstrual pain.
  • It gives relief to the problem of Sciatica.
  • It stretches the muscles of the stomach, thighs, and ankles.
  • It is beneficial in conditions like Headache, Insomnia, Acidity, High Blood Pressure, Gastritis, Arthritis, Diarrhoea, and Infertility.
  • It improves concentration.

How to Practice?

  • Kneel down.
  • Stretch the feet in front with a space between them
  • Keep feet outside the hips.
  • Point the toes backwards.
  • Press the top of the feet onto the floor.
  • Don't keep knees wider than hips.
  • Lie down slowly on your back using your hands and elbows.
  • Breathe normally.


"Makar" in Sanskrit means "Crocodile" and "Asana" means "Posture". That is why "Makarasana" is called "Crocodile Pose" in English. It is an important part of the "Padma Sadhana" sequence.


  • It offers deep relaxation.
  • It reduces stress.
  • It helps in curing backache.
  • It deals with spinal issues.
  • It is beneficial in hip pain.

How to Practice?

  • Lie on the floor on your stomach.
  • Bend the right leg in a way that makes a 45-degree angle with your thigh and calf.
  • Stretch the left leg straight behind you.
  • The left cheek should be on the mat so that you can gaze to the right.
  • Fold the hands under the head.
  • Breathe deeply.
  • Relax the body.
About Author: Sanjjay Raturi
The Seeker, Writer, Himalayan Philosopher
Sanjjay Raturi "Sagar" was born into a Brahmin family in the North Indian Himalayas. He has been connected to spirituality since birth, growing up in a beautiful place near the source of the holy river Ganges. This led him to start practicing mantra chanting and meditation during his childhood.
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