I'm 27 and I've never stayed in lotus position my whole life, now I'm trying because I find it the best position for meditation, but I'm very inflexible. I read somewhere that it's too late to develop a lotus position at this stage but I think that if I develop proper stretching specially hip openers I can get it.

is there any step by step method to follow to get that ?

  • You may find some of the information at fitness.stackexchange.com/questions/16271/… interesting, although the answer more or less weighs toward "if you sit a lot, probably not". Aug 22 '17 at 11:56
  • Have you ever tried hot yoga? I'm convinced that the sauna-like atmosphere loosens me up.
    – user25968
    Sep 2 '17 at 18:53

I don't have an authoritative source, but yes, you can likely learn to do the lotus position even as an adult. Typing lotus position progression into Google gets you a number of poses and positions to work up to a full lotus. Here are a few:

Five Poses to prepare your for Lotus:

  • Bound Angle Pose (Baddha Konasana)
  • Revolved Head to Knee Pose (Parivrivritta Janu Sirsasana)
  • Pigeon (Eka Pada Rajakapotasana)
  • Cow Face Pose (Gomukhasana)
  • Half lotus pose (Ardha Padmasana)

How to Lotus: a Guide for the Inflexible

  • Exercise 1: Foot to Thigh
  • Exercise 2: Butterfly
  • Exercise 3: Elevated Butterfly

There are also video tutorials out there, but that would require me to transcribe the contents and I'm lazy.


I would advise you to check Stretch Therapy from Kit Laughlin. He is one of the best person I know for improving flexibility as an adult.

Nice forums, nice resources, nice vimeos. Everything at a reasonable price. I even would like to attend one of his seminars in Europe one day.

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