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 Admitted fan Alison Klayman puts to rest that canard in a profile full of interviews and performances centered around the now 47-year-old artist posed in lotus position reflecting on it all. BostonGlobe.com, 13 Oct. 2019 Spare and ascetic, Durov occasionally posts photos of himself on Instagram wading in an infinity pool, or seated in lotus position atop a rooftop in Dubai—where Telegram finally opened its headquarters in 2017—his bare, chiseled chest on display. Vivienne Walt, Fortune, 31 Jan. 2023 This is a type of meditation that can take me to a place that lotus position never can. Martin Albert For The Wall Street Journal, WSJ, 12 Nov. 2022 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 See More

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Word History


from the supposed resemblance of the position to a lotus blossom

First Known Use

1885, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
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 2 Dec. 2023.

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