Get up at a.m. and do the Japa for two hours. Brahmamuhurtha is most favourable for Japa and meditation. If you cannot take a bath, wash your hands, feet, face and body, and sit for Japa. Face north or east when sitting. This enhances the efficacy of the Japa. Sit on a Kusha-grass seat or deer-skin or rug. Spread a white cloth over it. This conserves body-electricity. Do some prayer before starting the Japa. Have a steady pose. Have Asana-Jaya or conquest over Asana. You can be able to sit in Padma, Siddha or Sukha Asana for three hours at a stretch.