I use to meditate properly in a sitting posture, But recently my physical health got worse and it restricts me from sitting for a long time. hence I started meditating lying down, But I have observed that it is difficult to maintain concentration in lying posture due to sleepiness as compared to the sitting posture. how can I practice meditation in lying posture with full concentration.

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    then meditate in that position when you're not feeling sleepy at all :) i.e. after a good night's sleep, or after an afternoon nap. it is very difficult to get sleep after you have just slept for long time.
    – ram
    Aug 26, 2017 at 5:06
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    Just do Yog Nidra. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoga_nidra Aug 26, 2017 at 5:30

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Shavasana is the most famous way of meditating while lying down. The only restriction is that one may not lie in left or right side. The posture has to be facing the sky:

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To perform Shavasana, lie on the back with the legs spread as wide as the yoga mat and arms relaxed to the side. The eyes are closed and the breath is deep with the use deergha (long) pranayama. The whole body is relaxed on the floor with an awareness of the chest and abdomen rising and falling with each breath. During Shavasana, all parts of the body are scanned for muscular tension of any kind. Any muscular tension the body finds is consciously released as it is found. All control of the breath, the mind, and the body is then released for the duration of the asana, typically 20–30 minutes.

The asana is released by slowly deepening the breath, flexing the fingers and toes, reaching the arms above the head, stretching the whole body, and exhaling while bringing the knees to the chest and rolling over to the side in a fetal position.

  • You should add Yog Nidra in your answer to help OP. Asanas alone are not sufficient to eradicate impressions on our Chitta. Asanas are for body, for mind & energy also you should quote. :) Aug 26, 2017 at 5:31
  • @Rohit., the OP wants to avoid "sleepiness" as already mentioned in the Qn. Yoga Nidra which is a mental posture, is like between waking & sleepy stage or like the "going-to-sleep" stage. Shavasana which is a physical posture, may or may not include the "yoga nidra" depending on practitioner's choice.
    – iammilind
    Aug 26, 2017 at 5:39
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    Shavasana is a Hatha Yoga posture. It is not a meditative posture at all.
    – Rickross
    Aug 26, 2017 at 6:50
  • @Rickross, the shavAsana is primarily to commence the meditation with ease. It may not be meditation in itself, but strongly related to meditation. The same can be found further into the wiki article [& elsewhere]. Shavasana then becomes the beginning of deeper, meditative yogic practices ... On the other hand, yoga-nidra ("yogic sleep") meditation is often practiced in a lying position. Personally, I am not aware of any other postures, which helps meditation in the lying position. Though there may be some.
    – iammilind
    Aug 26, 2017 at 7:08

But I have observed that it is difficult to maintain concentration in lying posture due to sleepiness as compared to the sitting posture.

You don't need to worry about this. In fact, you can use such condition as meditation as well! From VijnAnaBhairava Tantra-

When sleep has not yet fully appeared i.e. when one is about to fall asleep, and all the external objects (though present) have faded out of sight then the state (between sleep and waking) is one on which one should concentrate. In that state the Supreme Goddess will reveal Herself. Verse 75.

Now, how to concentrate?
For concentration there are many ways one has been described here. Another is repeatedly direct mind towards your present condition as whatever you practice repeatedly it becomes habit of mind whether concentration or distraction (Watch this). So, for concentration only you can do is you can put right efforts. You can also witness flow of your breath while lying down. When you are distracted concentrate again. repeat this concentration repeatedly.

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