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->''"I finally came upon the sage floating cross-legged in the air with no visible means of support, for he had no need of a job."''
-->-- '''[=TuMok=]''', ''Plan 7 of 9 from Outer Space''

When seated in the LotusPosition, a character may levitate to demonstrate that he or she is meditating particularly profoundly. The Levitating Lotus Position is also used to show that a character is displaying his or her PsychicPowers[=/=]EnlightenmentSuperpowers, intensely concentrating, healing, or is just especially calm.

Levitating while in the LotusPosition may also be a sign that a character [[PowerFloats is powerful]] or that he or she is [[OurMonstersAreDifferent far from normal]].

They may chant "Ohm..." [[note]] Real Life Hindus and Buddhists do this. [[/note]]. If someone wakes them from their serene inner calm, they'll often spontaneously lose their floaty power, and collapse in an undignified mess on the floor.

See also MeditationPowerup. Compare ChunkyUpdraft and LoveFloats for other uses of levitation.



* Used in an add in which a guru can't levitate until he tries the low-fat yoghurt (as the normal stuff makes him too heavy). Of course instead of saying "Ommmm" he says "[[ObligatoryJoke Yummmmmm...]]"

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'': The Kushan sorcerer Daiba practices yoga as a way of focusing his magical powers, and likes to float high in the air sitting lotus-style while he lets his magical conjurations do the fighting.
* ''Manga/SaintSeiya'':
** Virgo Shaka awaits for the intruders to the House of Virgo like this. No surprise here for someone who seems to be the reincarnation of a Buddha. Bonus points for keeping the pose while wearing the Gold Cloth armor of the Gold Saints.
** Krishna Chrysaor of Poseidon's Marine Shoguns does the same thing when Shiryu destroys his spear, and he's forced to use his chakra instead. [[spoiler:Shiryu uses Excalibur on him and his vital points anyway, and Krishna dies as a result.]]
* In ''Manga/SazanEyes'', this is the default position for Kelarla (a CuteMonsterGirl) whenever she appears, floating above the ground.
* ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'': Ken's rage Toki's "face breaking fist of compassion" attack has him sitting in this position, floating, while using his arms to direct the waves that break his opponents face. Compassionately. The dramatic after-picture has him the same way, but arms in his lap.
* In ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'', Miboshi appears in this position. It is revealed that Miboshi has [[DemonicPossession possessed]] and overtaken a [[WouldHurtAChild young]] Buddhist monk (or monk-in-training.)
* In ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', Jiren spends a large part of the tournament he's involved in doing this, because he doesn't consider any of the other participants worth his time.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Dr. Manhattan in ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' does the levitating version of the LotusPosition while creating his fortress on Mars.
* Used by ComicBook/DoctorStrange for purposes of study, meditation, and sometimes AstralProjection. (And RuleOfCool, of course.)
* ''ComicBook/XMen'':
** ComicBook/JeanGrey, being both telepathic and telekinetic, can do the lotus and float.
** Her son, Nathan Summers aka ComicBook/{{Cable}}, prefers to do it ''upside-down''.
* Leonard of ''ComicBook/LeonardLeGenie'' encounters an entire squadron (yes, flying in squadron formation) of Tibetan monks flying like this. One even shouts mayday because he has a leg cramp, meaning he can't get the landing gear out.
* ''ComicBook/{{BPRD}}'':
** Liz talks to a monk from TheShangriLa while he's in the lotus position three feet off the ground.
** Later on, in the ''Plague of Frogs'' arc, she herself ends up doing this. While [[spoiler:psychically turning frog monsters' tongues into dragons with her pyrokinesis.]] ItMakesSenseInContext.
* Creator/RobertCrumb's Mr. Natural actually shows some mystical powers by levitating in the lotus position and traveling to the city that way -- of course he's tracking down disciple Flakey Foont, who owes him money.
* ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'': ''[[Recap/TintinTintinInTibet Tintin in Tibet]]''. The monk Blessed Lightning levitates involuntarily as he's uttering a prophetic warning (and doesn't remember anything afterwards, including levitating) but does so while standing upright. [[RuleOfFunny Then he drops down on another monk's foot.]]
* ''ComicBook/BlackMoonChronicles'': The priests of the [[ReligionOfEvil Black Moon faith]] are often found floating in a lotus position when they're either meditating or accompanying their leader [[SorcerousOverlord Haazheel Thorn]]'s forces.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Shinji in ''Fanfic/ThousandShinji'' often uses this position when he meditates if no-one is looking.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Gali has a similar pose to this while meditating in the first ''WesternAnimation/{{Bionicle}}'' movie, managing to levitate despite not having psychic powers of any sort, except for telepathy between herself and Takua.
* Master Oogway of ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' has an interesting version of advanced meditation: he uses the crook at the top of his walking stick as a place to rest his head, ''while he balances the rest of his body on top of it''.
* The HermitGuru in the AnimatedAdaptation of ''Discworld/SoulMusic'' is in a levitating lotus (with, strangely, a cushion levitating underneath him). He later appears in the Flower Power pastiche, floating over the crowd. In the book it just says he's sitting under a tree (quite possibly a [[UsefulNotes/{{Buddhism}} Bodhi tree]]) with his legs crossed.
* In the ''Literature/RainbowMagic'' movie, Heather does this. At one point she does it upside down.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/TheGoldenChild''. The title character's astrally projected image does this when it appears to Chandler Jarrell.
* The first time we see Tom "[[DoubleConsciousness The Astronaut]]" of the far future in ''Film/TheFountain'', he is performing the full lotus floating in the air above his small planetoid spaceship (artificial gravity fields may be assisting him). During the climax, when Tom comes to his personal realization of the ultimate truth of life and death, he climbs out of his bubble-like spaceship (while still enveloped in a smaller, person-sized bubble) and assumes the lotus position again in order to [[spoiler:meet Xibalba head on]]. In the midst of his catharsis, he suddenly appears to [[spoiler:the ancient Mayan priest guarding the Tree of Life]], who is awed by his presence.
* Subverted in ''Film/GodOfCookery'' when it is revealed that [[spoiler:the character has actually left the ground thanks to the security guards who are in the process of carrying him out.]]
* In ''Film/TheScribbler'', Hogan (Garrett Dillahunt) -- the only guy in an otherwise all-female halfway house for psych patients -- tries out his friend's heavily-modified electroshock therapy device. He not only does a blissed-out Levitating Lotus, but also exhibits a PowerGlows aura.
* The hero of ''Film/{{Birdman}}'' is doing a lotus position in midair for his meditation practice in the opening scene.
* ''Film/TheLastJedi''. Luke Skywalker is shown floating above the rock he's meditating on [[spoiler:when doing AstralProjection. He then collapses onto the rock in exhaustion, then fades into nothingness with his robe blowing away in the wind.]]

* In the ''Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures'' novel ''Sky Pirates!'', there's a scene where the Doctor's companion finds him "sitting in a lotus and ... levitating three feet off the deck -- something he swore blind that he could only do occasionally and with concentrated mental effort, but which Benny had lately come to suspect was the result of being so engrossed he simply forgot to stay on the ground." (They're in a pocket universe with weird physics, which may or may not explain it.)
* In the ''Literature/CallahansCrosstimeSaloon'' story "The Wonderful Conspiracy", Jake glances behind the bar and sees that Callahan is actually hovering above the floor, seated in the lotus position. It is one of the first indications that there is a lot more to Mike Callahan than meets the eye.
* In the ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' novels, Daymar the Hawklord tends to do this whenever he appears via teleportation, or is simply staying still for a while. Lampshaded in ''Literature/{{Iorich}}'', in which Vlad wonders why Daymar bothers with a feat that's not especially impressive in a society of sorcerers.
* In the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse, Jedi can't exactly fly on their own -- excepting a character in ''VideoGame/DarkForcesSaga'' -- but they have this trope, which they call Rising Meditation. In ''Literature/ShadowsOfTheEmpire: Evolution'', it [[http://scans-daily.dreamwidth.org/2853490.html appears]] Luke Skywalker has figured it out. Han pranks him by shouting "Hey! How'd that rancor get in here?" and makes him topple. In the official pseudo-documentary book ''The Jedi Path'', Luke [[NoodleIncident comments on this but doesn't elaborate]].
* ''Literature/{{Swellhead}}'' has Literature/DiogenesClub hero of TheSeventies, psychic detective Richard Jeperson, [[RetiredBadass come out of retirement]] in the modern era to take on a reality-warping supervillain. In their final confrontation Jeperson gets into this position for a battle of willpower, but not without some assistance from his pretty female sidekick as he's not as flexible as he used to be. The position comes in handy though when the supervillain tries opening a TrapDoor to his [[SharkPool pit of alligators]] beneath our hero, who just floats in mid-air. However the trope is subverted because it's the villain's belief in a WorthyOpponent that's enabling Jeperson to tap into his power; not the [[MeditationPowerup chanting]] or LotusPosition.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Commander Sanjurou Sugata from ''Series/HikariSentaiMaskman'' floats in the LotusPosition.
* Kwai Chang Caine does this sometimes while meditating in ''Series/KungFu: The Legend Continues''.
* Phoebe and Paige sometimes did this on ''Series/{{Charmed}}''.
* ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'': At the start of the "Sabrina Through the Looking Glass" episode, Zelda leads the Spellman family in some Yoga exercises. When they assume the lotus position and start meditating, Sabrina floats up and bonks her head on the ceiling.

[[folder:Music Videos]]
* Demonstrated by a yogi and Nick Hexum in the video for 311's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYBIRHi5-o8 "Down"]].

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* There's a video on the official web site of Franchise/TheMuppets showing what the character Animal does on his days off. One of the things he does is meditate in the levitating lotus position. The video also includes the "Ohm..." element: Animal's meditation chant is "Wooooomaaaaan..."

* Done by ''refrigerators and washing machines'' of all things in a screen saver packaged with the various ''[[VideoGame/AfterDarkBerkeleySystems After Dark]]'' screensaver packs. (As seen at around 1:30 in [[https://youtu.be/M1w1SQ3ezh8?t=1m30s this compilation]].)

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Dhalsim of ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' performs a levitation in the LotusPosition as one of his {{Victory Pose}}s, as a [[IShallTauntYou Personal Action]], and during his [[TeleportSpam Yoga Teleport]]. This even sparks his rival battle in ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'' after he's just floating through the streets of Hong Kong like it's no big deal and [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Rufus]] comes to the conclusion that [[MistakenForAliens he's obviously an alien]].
* Ly from ''VideoGame/Rayman2'' does the floating variation of the LotusPosition.
* ''Videogame/TheSims'': Meditating long enough also allows a Sim to levitate.
* ''Videogame/TheSims4'': In the Sims 4 Vampires gamepack, vampires can use dark meditation which levitates them.
* The lotus pose and lotus-with-levitation are stock poses in ''Videogame/CityOfHeroes''.
* [[PhysicalGod Lord Vivec]] in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' does it.
* The Wizard class has this as an IdleAnimation in ''VideoGame/{{Gauntlet}}: Dark Legacy''.
* Two of Gene's god roulette moves in ''VideoGame/GodHand'' has him regain health in a floating lotus position, Zen Revival and Enlightenment, which heal 30% and 100%, respectively.
* The Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Meditite is depicted doing this whenever you encounter one in the wild until ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'', and Alakazam assumes the position after [[SuperMode mega-evolving]].
* In ''Rag Doll Kung Fu: Fists of Plastic'', you adopt this position when you regain your health by using up some of your chi.
* Pitfall Harry Jr. in ''VideoGame/PitfallTheMayanAdventure'' does this as his ultimate IdleAnimation, also with levitation.
* Max levitates in this pose in ''[[VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse]]'' Episode 4 after discovering his MagicFeather, which is even more difficult to do with rabbit feet.
* [[TheDragon Otani Yoshitsugu]] from ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara''. Granted, he's actually sitting on a palanquin that levitates due to his sorcery. He doesn't do it because he's meditative or zenlike, though; his disease-ridden body is too frail for him to walk or stand.
* The Nali randomly do that in the original ''VideoGame/{{Unreal}}'' and ''Return to Na-Pali''.
* Certain [=NPCs=] in ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' can be seen learning how to do this.
* There's a mini-game in ''VideoGame/WiiFit'' where you sit very still on the Balance Board. If you sit still enough long enough, your on-screen character starts levitating.
* This is done epically in the DLC finale of ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'' by [[spoiler:Chakravartin, sitting on top of a nebula, surrounded by galaxies, and casually throwing planets and stars at Asura as he approaches.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Warframe}}'':
** Nyx's ultimate ability, Absorb, puts her in that position floating inside an energy sphere while absorbing enemy attacks until she reflects back all damage absorbed.
** There's also an emote that lets players assume this position with any Warframe.
* The introduction of the Monk class to ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' has also introduced a number of characters that do this. Player Monks even have an optional ability available to them that enables them to use this as a method of flight.
* [[ReligiousRobot Zenyatta]] of ''Videogame/{{Overwatch}}'' is always in this position, even when moving. [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane It's not clear whether the levitation is the result of his meditation and spiritual enlightenment or if it's just something he can do anyway because he's a robot]].

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Vaarsuvius of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' floats in this position (or close enough for a stick-figure comic) while in a trance to regain spells. Belkar takes advantage of this once [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0334.html to play a nasty prank on V]]. V also does it [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0866.html at another time]] to calm down after a panic attack in order to FaceDeathWithDignity.
* ''Webcomic/AntiHeroes'': Turrick the gnome prophet appears like this in [[http://antiheroescomic.com/comic/314 Keriss' drug-induced trip]].
* In ''Webcomic/RustyAndCo'' [[IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming Level 7]], Zar the Psion moves around this way.
-->'''Zar:''' To clarify, I mean "follow me." Not "try to levitate." That's ''my'' schtick.
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Tedd [[http://www.egscomics.com/egsnp.php?id=22 first appears in Grace's dream like this]] to indicate he is also a god.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* In a ''WebAnimation/RWBYChibi'' skit, Ren levitates in a lotus position after completing his training... and then the camera zooms out to show him being lifted off by a fan.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The Franchise/{{DCAU}}'s future Franchise/GreenLantern of the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' time (also in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'') flies around this way.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ChinaIL'', Steve and UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan do this after being in stopped time for the equivalent of 100 years.
* Raven from the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' animated series. In the one instance she is showing doing so, Starfire is also capable of sitting lotus and floating. {{Justified|Trope}}: both Raven and Starfire can fly. (Though, GenkiGirl that Starfire is, it was unlikely she fit the "calm, serene" part of this trope.)
* Raven also does this in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'' In fact, she rarely touches the ground at all.
* Shirley the Loon from ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' does this with levitating as part of her psychic powers.
* Likewise the Wally Llama on ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'', who tries to escape the Warners by essentially floating away like this. They then catch up to him via the same method.
* Antauri in ''WesternAnimation/SuperRobotMonkeyTeamHyperforceGo'' is shown levitating in this position a couple of times, including for a brief while in the opening credits.
* On ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'', Jimmy does this with levitation when growing a tomato for his DagwoodSandwich.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheMightyB'', "Dang It Feels Good to Be a Gamester", Bessie hits this sort of zone, where she becomes telekinetic but only for the final level of this video game. She does a floating lotus during this period, then gently drops back down to the floor of the Hive and comes out of the state.
* The animated ''ComicBook/SpirouAndFantasio'' has two such characters who make several appearances: One is a [[MagicalNativeAmerican Magical Aborigine]] capable of astral projection, and who must tie himself to a rock to avoid flying too high. The other is an Indian scientist who's ''always'' about a meter from the ground, possibly even when sleeping.
* [[OldMaster Sensei]] of ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' is capable of this, lampshaded by Ron when he uses it to survive a trip over a waterfall. Then parodied when Sensei proceeds to speed around in a display of aerial acrobats that prompts Ron to remark that "Okay, now he's just showing off."
* In "Jack and the Monks", WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack meets a monk doing this.
* The Blue Lanterns in ''WesternAnimation/GreenLanternTheAnimatedSeries'' use this often. Warth even uses it rather than walking.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'':
** [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Varrik]] thinks he can do this when he's first introduced, largely due to [[YesMan no-one being willing to tell him he can't]]. He responds well to Bolin's blunt honesty.
** [[spoiler:Zaheer]] manages to pull this off after [[spoiler:the death of his lover P'li severs the last of his earthly bonds and allows him to achieve the ancient airbending power of flight.]]

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Several practitioners of Transcendental Meditation have claimed to be able to levitate while in the Lotus position, and there are even photographs showing them in midair in this pose. However, when investigated by the likes of [[MagicianDetective James Randi]], it has so far turned out that these claimants merely know how to ''bounce'' while in Lotus position, and have somebody take a photograph while in mid-bounce.
* Self-proclaimed ninja Ashida Kim has filmed a video where he does this quite unconvincingly.