lotus position


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 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, "Diving into the unfolding history of wrecked slave ships," 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, "Walking the Path of the Buddha in a Neglected Corner of India," 9 Aug. 2019 No one ever actually does a downward dog or gets into lotus position. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "Stressed? Join These Seven As They Laugh It Away At 'Yoga' Class," 27 June 2018 Eventually the scoutmaster steps away from the harpsichord, and the figures settle in lotus position. James Hamblin, The Atlantic, "Gender-Fluid Scouts of America," 16 Oct. 2017 Pause Pod is perfect for your lotus position of choice. Jay Willis, GQ, "The Pause Pod Is Here to Save You from the Chaos of Modern Life," 29 Sep. 2017

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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 8 Mar. 2021.

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