lotus position

noun

Definition of lotus position

: a cross-legged sitting position used in yoga in which each foot is on the thigh of the opposite leg

Examples of lotus position in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Eyes closed and sitting in the lotus position, the Buddha underwent weeks of painstaking work at Exoticars in the town of McCandless, north of Pittsburgh. Arkansas Online, 11 Nov. 2021 Several people suggested that the class, which ran more than seven hours, and which featured stretches where Kabat-Zinn simply sat in the lotus position, might not need his recitals of poems by Rumi and Emily Dickinson. Tad Friend, The New Yorker, 18 Oct. 2021 Christina Bollino and her yoga students sit in a lotus position in a lavender field under a lavender sky. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, 19 May 2021 Lead instructor Kamau Sadiki sits in the ocean at 12-feet depth in lotus position, legs folded on top of each other. Chris Searles, National Geographic, 22 Aug. 2019 The weathered statue, contemplating eternity in the lotus position, had been sitting in a local field for generations. Paul Salopek, The New Yorker, 9 Aug. 2019 No one ever actually does a downward dog or gets into lotus position. Susan Dunne, courant.com, 27 June 2018 Eventually the scoutmaster steps away from the harpsichord, and the figures settle in lotus position. James Hamblin, The Atlantic, 16 Oct. 2017 Pause Pod is perfect for your lotus position of choice. Jay Willis, GQ, 29 Sep. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of lotus position

1885, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lotus position

from the supposed resemblance of the position to a lotus blossom

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The first known use of lotus position was in 1885

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“Lotus position.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lotus%20position. Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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