Question: I have difficulty sitting in the lotus position.Sri Chinmoy: It is not necessary at all. The only thing you should do is to keep the back straight. Some people recline on a chair or slump over, but that is not good. The lotus position is good because it keeps the body quiet. But many people remain in the lotus position for three or four hours and their mind is still roaming, while somebody else may sit on a chair with his mind calm and quiet. The main thing is to keep the back erect and the mind thoughtless.
Sri Chinmoy, The body, humanity’s fortress, Agni Press, 1974