Don’t be afraid to use props.
Western bodies are not used to sitting on the floor for prolonged periods of time. In general, the modern lifestyle is really sedentary. We do less physical work, and have more sedentary habits. We rarely sit on the floor, always on chairs, so our hamstrings and hips can be really stiff.
However, there are tricks to find the right meditation position, to be able to sit comfortably with a straight back and without tension in the body.
It’s amazing how using props properly can support you. But remember, to be adaptable, your body is not the same all the time! A sitting position that was working amazingly yesterday maybe doesn’t work well today. But it may work tomorrow!
Always be open to adapt for the moment, it really is what meditation is about, to be present here and now.
Nowadays you can buy so many different meditation props to support you and your practice. Some of them are quite expensive, but you have the option to be creative and make your own props.
As an example, if you don’t have a pillow or cushion to place under your buttocks, a folded blanket works beautifully as an alternative and sometimes can be better.
If you don’t have a meditation stool or a bolster you can wrap a blanket around a yoga mat. (watch this video for more inspiration!)