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(Sitz bones; Tuberosity of the Ischium)

by Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati 

In sitting for meditation, what is most important, as Patanjali says in Yoga Sutras, is that the posture be sthira (steady, stable, motionless) and sukham (comfortable, ease filled) (Yoga Sutra 2.46). These qualities should be cultivated regardless of which specific posture you use for meditation. Swami Rama repeatedly explains that these are far more important than the specific position of the legs and arms; what matters in position is that the spine is aligned.

Ischial Tuberocity or Sitz Bones

In addition, one should sit so that the body weight is resting on the two bones known as Tuberocity of the Ischium or the Isahial Tuberosity, which are also known as the Sitz bones. These two knobs or bumps are shown at the bottom in the graphic above. Although not technically accurate, these two bone protuberances have come to be known in common language (and physical yoga classes) as the "sits" bones or the "sitting" bones, probably due to people not knowing the correct spelling of the Sitz bones (using the letter "z"). By carefully, mindfully working with the position of the whole of your hips and spine, you will find this to be both steady and comfortable. With a proper cushion it is very comfortable to sit with your entire body weight resting on these two bone knobs or bumps.




This site is devoted to presenting the ancient Self-Realization path of the Tradition of the Himalayan masters in simple, understandable and beneficial ways, while not compromising quality or depth. The goal of our sadhana or practices is the highest Joy that comes from the Realization in direct experience of the center of consciousness, the Self, the Atman or Purusha, which is one and the same with the Absolute Reality. This Self-Realization comes through Yoga meditation of the Yoga Sutras, the contemplative insight of Advaita Vedanta, and the intense devotion of Samaya Sri Vidya Tantra, the three of which complement one another like fingers on a hand. We employ the classical approaches of Raja, Jnana, Karma, and Bhakti Yoga, as well as Hatha, Kriya, Kundalini, Laya, Mantra, Nada, Siddha, and Tantra Yoga. Meditation, contemplation, mantra and prayer finally converge into a unified force directed towards the final stage, piercing the pearl of wisdom called bindu, leading to the Absolute.