In antiphonal seating, I have the altar far to the left of me and while I certainly don’t mind turning my head to look on the Sacred Presence, I feel like I am dividing my attention (as orientation of the head and body are divided) rather than giving it all to Christ.
I am curious if you have any insights into physical participation in the Mass with antiphonal seating.
My first experience was somewhat as you describe. The altar was placed on one end of the seats, the ambo on the other. The chairs were curved slightly in their set-up, but I will also confess they didn’t have kneelers. The advantage there was that people standing could face toward the liturgical action, especially if it was at the altar.
In many monasteries, I’ve seen the altar more central. That solves the problem somewhat. Fixed kneelers connected to pews or chairs do make for some twisting of the neck if the altar is located at one end.
One’s own liturgical devotion might come into play. Is it needful to be watching the whole action all the time? If other people in one’s line of sight are a distraction, would closing one’s eyes improve this?
Maybe Liam and a few others might have some helpful comments, too.