The most important aspect of sitting is to find the most appropriate pose, depending on the physical challenges of the person. Although some exercises can be performed better in one position over another, there are always variations that can be done instead. You need to start simple and build up from there.
One of the most important aspects to remember no matter what position you choose is to keep the spine straight. Do not bend forward or back but remain neutral. This position of the spine is optimum to allow the flow of energy (Kundalini), to take place. This neutral position it is the most advisable position while meditating.
In the beginning , most people feel a tingling sensation as they go to “sleep”. This is due to the cut off of circulation while the legs are crossed. With time, the yogi will be able to spend longer periods of time without moving. If you are a beginner, just remember the first limb of Patanjali, “Ahimsa”, which means non- violence, and starts with yourself. You are in this path to enjoy the process not to get burned out on the first day.
In the end, not one sitting pose is better than another. It is about finding the one that suits you the best. Once you find stability in your practice, you will be able to sit for longer periods of time without moving, and without pain. Stability of your practice will bring you stability of the mind and stability of the mind will bring you stability in happiness.
Basic Sitting Positions Table of Contents