Added on Sun Oct 14 2018
Meditation is about being tuned to the inner-self and connecting to the divine. It is not about escaping from society or the outer world. Rather, it is about connecting with the inner energy source. Meditation has many forms. There are certain meditation postures that are the most ideal. These positions help to keep the mind calm and body aligned at its best.
How to do meditation?
Meditation is a very simple practice where the practitioner needs to align and concentrate. Whenever you feel distracted while meditating, simply start paying attention to your breath, and you can bring back the focus. Follow these steps to begin the meditation practice.
Yoga Meditation Poses:
There are about seven meditation postures for a complying meditation practice.
1. Sitting Down- Meditative Asanas
Sitting with crossed legs on the floor is not a sole meditation posture. It comes with unique variations for a deep and comfortable practice.
a) Padmasana: The basic and one of the easiest sitting meditation positions.
b) Ardha Padmasana or Ardha Kamalasana: In this position, you need to cross only one leg, and let it rest on the thigh or you can fold under the leg.
c) The Quarter Lotus: This position is highly recommended due to its comfort level, where you sit on the ground with legs crossed loosely.
d) The Burmese Position (Padmasana position in Buddhism): In this position, your feet lay on the ground in a relaxed position. Great for those who can’t sit with crossed legs.
e) Seiza (Japanese sitting position): A position where you sit on the knees and place a yoga prop or cushion between the legs.
f) Using Chair: Padmasana or Burmese pose is the most commonly used pose for meditation. But some people find it difficult or uncomfortable sitting on the floor, so they can use the chair. Just don’t let your back rest on the chair, place the feet strongly on the ground, and aligned with the knees and hips.
2. Lengthen Your Spine
While practicing meditation, it is important to sit with a straight back but do not stress it. Try to rouse up yourself through the spine. It helps develop a clear mind and allows a free flow of energy.
3. Hands Position
While meditating, keep your hands in a resting position on the lap. You can also keep it at your side or on the thighs. These are the best hand positions to keep while meditating
4. Ease The Shoulders
Relax the muscles of your back and shoulder by slightly pushing the shoulders back. It builds a firm back and helps to meditate with comfort and ease.
5. Push in the Chin
Every small detail matters to deepen the meditation practice, even chin position matters. Your chin should not be too down or too up, just tuck in slightly.
6. Relax Face Muscles
It is important to relax the facial muscles to let your jaw open. Place the tongue behind the upper front teeth or against the roof of the mouth, it allows clear and direct breathing and helps to prevent excess saliva.
7. Close Your Eyes
Relaxing the gaze by semi-closing the eye. It is recommended to leave your eyes slightly open to admit a little light while redirecting the gaze downwards.
Meditation makes us aware of ourselves, and it creates a sense of mindfulness. Rejuvenate the body, quiet the mind, and purify the soul with a regular meditation practice.