I have noticed that difference between half and full lotus myself. Most of the time I sit half just because that position allows me to sit for a hour at a time. I have only recently (within the past 6 months or so) been able to achieve full-lotus and can only go about 20-30 minutes before I feel like I need to get some blood flowing. I do notice, though, that full-lotus seems to be a much more stable position and allows for breath that may be more natural than sitting in half. Full-lotus requires less minor adjustments and alignments during meditation, ie: more stillness.
It seems to me in the West full-lotus is not emphasized strictly, due to the fact that most people in the US are not generally quite as flexible as other places where Yoga and meditation are more commonly used. Many Westerners simply don't bend that way, and it's damaging to force oneself into a position. In order for many to achieve full lotus, it takes a few years of cautious stretching in order to be able to not overstrain ones-self and get a messed up ankle or knee. Keep stretching your ankles, knees and hips in order to sit longer and more comfortably in full-lotus. However, be very careful about how you go about it. Torn knee cartilage may be a very painful and difficult thing to overcome =) It's always best to consult a yogi of some sort, and allow yourself patience to achieve that goal. _____ From: Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] On Behalf Of dkotschessa Sent: Monday, April 03, 2006 9:17 AM To: Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com Subject: [Zen] Full Lotus Most of my zazen over the years I have done in half lotus, which is sufficient. In the beginning I did full lotus before I found it was not necessary. Last night I decided I would try full lotus again. I have to say it seemed "better" somehow. I just mean it seemed easier, stiller. Are there any teachers that emphasize or insist upon full lotus as opposed to other positions? The first book I read was "Zen Mind, Beginners Mind." The first book a lot of people read. He prescribes full lotus there, that's why I started that way. I may keep this up, but not when I'm doing super long sessions of course. (Or sesshins!) -DaveK Current Book Discussion: any Zen book that you recently have read or are reading! Talk about it today! _____ YAHOO! GROUPS LINKS * Visit your group "Zen_Forum <http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Zen_Forum> " on the web. * To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to: [EMAIL PROTECTED] <mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]> * Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to the Yahoo! Terms of Service <http://docs.yahoo.com/info/terms/> . _____ [Non-text portions of this message have been removed] ------------------------ Yahoo! Groups Sponsor --------------------~--> Join modern day disciples reach the disfigured and poor with hope and healing http://us.click.yahoo.com/lMct6A/Vp3LAA/i1hLAA/S27xlB/TM --------------------------------------------------------------------~-> Current Book Discussion: any Zen book that you recently have read or are reading! Talk about it today! Yahoo! Groups Links <*> To visit your group on the web, go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Zen_Forum/ <*> To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to: [EMAIL PROTECTED] <*> Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to: http://docs.yahoo.com/info/terms/