January 31, 2019

The posture that you want to settle in to relax

Meditation is practiced to intensify a soothing effect on your mind and entire body. It is a calming and a healing process that permits you to heart yourself and get indulged in experiencing the present moment. It is a practice recommended for people of all age and the sooner, one starts practicing, the better and the longer they can relish its multifold benefits.

Meditation is vital for everyone and so is the posture that you sit in for meditation. There may be a lot of meditation postures that you could encounter and give it a shot and most of them are easy to achieve. However, a good Buddhist meditation position is always advisable and recommended as it is very comfortable and wouldn’t disturb you physically.

The rationale behind meditation is to allay any distraction and strain in your mind. In the process of eradicating strain from your mind,  you do not want to strain your body by sitting in an uncomfortable position for long. Essentially, it does take time to habituate to sitting idle and getting the mind and body to be at ease, dignified and alert.

Serious consideration before opting for a posture

  • Comfort. You will be training in mindfulness during your meditation session. As highlighted, you don’t want unneeded physical pain to distract your session and leave its traces of pain. So remember to fasten a posture that will allow you to be mindfully comfortable for long without apprehension of pain.
  • Stillness. With comfort comes achieving a state of stillness. It is a state where your body achieves a sense of stability and poise as you inhabit into your practice. To achieve that state, you can gently rock your body forward, backward, then sidewards like a pendulum until you have discovered your sweet spot meditation posture. Once you have identified it, bingo keep still.
  • Relaxation. Meditation is known to alleviate any stress and tension accumulated in the body and the mind. Come into a consensus with your body when you sit – your face, neck, and shoulder muscles should agree with your posture. Your arms must feel relaxed, your hands gently lying on your thighs and legs at its extreme relaxation. Treat yourself to all possible support that would augment your posture.
  • Alignment. As you seat yourself into your comfortable meditation posture, be watchful to have your back aligned at its possible comfort. The spine is looked at like a stack of coins. So, you have to be mindful of your leans because too long a lean will inevitably tumble over.

Different Buddhist Meditation Posture

(i) The Burmese Position

This posture is people that like to practice on a mat or a cushion and wants an accessible pose. You simply slide on a mat, with a cushion if needed,  and then bend your legs placing the right foot on the outside and pulling your feet gently towards your pelvis. Ideally, your feet’s top will be touching the mat.

(ii) The Lotus Position

3 types in the lotus posture:

The quarter lotus position is relatively simple. You will be sitting on your meditation mat with your legs loosely crossed and both your feet will be resting right below the opposite thigh.

The half lotus posture ensues the quarter lotus position a step further. Again, the left foot will remain close to your pelvis and your right foot will be closer to the trunk and found itself resting on the left thigh.

The full lotus position is where your legs are crossed with both its feet resting on top of your opposite thighs. This may seem a little difficult initially, however with practice, you will get a hang of it.

(iii) The Seiza Position

Kneeling and practicing Meditating is also a posture. This pose belongs to a famous Zen Buddhist meditation posture that involves kneeling on a mat. You can use a cushion, pillow or any support under your buttocks so as to rest your spine and alleviate pressure off of the knees.

(iv) Sitting on a chair

Well, this could be a good pick also if you cannot place your buttocks on the floor. You are just required to be sure to sit away from the back of the chair and rest your feet firmly on the floor, in alignment with your knees and hips.

(v) Corpse pose

Savasana – a very relaxing meditation posture that is customarily practiced at the end of the yoga session. You will lie flat on your back facing upwards, stretching your hands loosely on the ground and releasing any tension from your body, closing your eyes and finally concentrating on your breathing. The corpse pose will be very helpful for individuals with back problems.

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