How to Sit in a Chair for Meditation: Back Support

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This is the second installment of our video series on how to sit in a chair for optimal chi flow - whether you are meditating, working, or doing any other seated activity.

If you haven’t seen the first video in the series, in which we introduce the basics of how to sit in a chair for optimal energy flow, you can click here to watch it.

In the video below Bill demonstrates how to use the back support of a chair to sit with good alignment. This is a good option if your back gets tired when you are sitting, or if you have back problems that make it difficult for you to sit up comfortably without support.

The chair that Bill is using, designed for his body proportions by Hal Michaels (, has a back support that can be adjusted to either a 90 or 95 degree angle to the seat of the chair. While sitting straight up is ideal, it is helpful to have the option of leaning slightly backwards to take more pressure off your back.

If you try this out, please feel free to share your experience or ask questions in the comments section below.

Next week we’ll post a video that goes deeper into sitting alignment to help you lengthen your body upwards while staying relaxed and grounded.

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For more information:

On the chairs produced by Hal Michaels, please visit:

On how to sit in a chair, read these books by Bruce Frantzis and his company, Energy Arts, Inc:

Opening the Energy Gates of Your Body

The Great Stillness

Medical Disclaimer

The instruction presented in this video is for informational or educational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for the advice of your physician, psychotherapist or other healthcare professional.

© 2019 Bill Ryan, Toward Harmony Tai Chi & Qigong, Northampton, MA, USA. All Rights Reserved.