What Is The Correct Position To Sit For Meditation?

What Is The Correct Position To Sit For Meditation?

Right from Swami Vivekananda in the 1800’s to Deepak Chopra in the 2000’s to international gurus embracing the tranquil benefits of meditation, it indeed has become a gift to those who practice and a quality time of thorough for those who are contemplating it.

We are here to help guide you in your journey of self-awareness. You don’t have to like what you see, but what we share here and give to you, has an impact of a lifetime.

 

What Is Meditation All About?

Why would you want to meditate, though? What do you picture when you hear someone say meditation? Although stereotypes show cross-legged people clad in white, meditation is way more than closing your eyes.

It’s about finding peace and serenity. It’s about focus, and it’s about finding a balance in your daily life by blocking out the negativity.

 

Why Is Meditation Such A Wide-Spread Concept?

Well, the concept of meditation dates back a long way. Don’t worry; we aren’t here to give you a boring history lesson, but you’d be surprised and proud to be part of such an ancestral activity.

Coming down from 3500 BC, art was discovered in the Indus Valley that showed people sitting down to meditate. These have been come to known as ‘meditation postures’ in the modern day.

 

Global Wave

Meditation has caught the world by storm. Different countries now adopt it in ways most suitable to them staying truthful to the essence of it, i.e. spiritual development.

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It’s practiced in all forms, for example:

  • Judaism: Kabala
  • Islam: Tafakkur & Sufism
  • Buddhism: Zen, Tibetan & Theravada

 

Pilates, Yoga & Meditation

When we think of meditation, we automatically think of Yoga and now – Pilates. Yes, Yoga has been given a new national importance with it being celebrated on June 21st, but what’s the difference here?

Yoga and Meditation were meant to be hand in hand. Yoga is prep for meditation. It strengthens the body and rejuvenates it thereby prepping the mind for meditation. Yoga consists of an array of postures that make you stretch, bend and extend to allow your body’s flexibility improve. Its health benefits are aligned with meditation and are recommended to be done together.

Pilates and Yoga: Now what are Pilates? Another variation of yoga. While yoga has a macro approach to healing the body and improving joint movements, Pilates focus on releasing tension. As a strength training technique – it helps you build muscle and strength while removing any tension locked in them.

If you’re confused now about what you should practice, pick the one that best suits your fitness regime and if you don’t know that, then we here provide all the answers to your reservations to ensure you’re doing what’s best for the tranquillity of your mind and body!

 

How Do You Know If You Need Meditation At All?

Are you confused about needing meditation at all? Don’t have the time? Don’t think you have the patience to sit for a few minutes a day? We’ve all surpassed that phase and boy, was that a right decision.

If you’re going through any of the below signs, maybe it’s time you need some balance-regaining:

  • Always overwhelmed, exhausted and just plain frustrated
  • Falling sick too often
  • Fatigue becomes your best friend.
  • Being temperamental is your new mood
  • Anger issues, depression issues, blood pressure issues
  • You’re mentally too weak to comprehend minor obstacles and unable to face everyday setbacks

 

The Innumerable Benefits Meditation Has To Offer

Meditation brings a wave of difference in terms of your physical and mental well-being.

Broadly it gives you the below-mentioned privileges:

  • Keeps you stress-free
  • Reduces Ageing
  • Helps you connect with yourself and the world around you
  • Makes you genuinely satisfied and happy with life
  • Brain performance improvement
  • Prevents insomnia and helps you get those hours of sleep
  • Immunity and metabolism improvement
  • Better attention span
  • Emotional and Personal Transformation
  • Inner Peace

 

Prepping for Meditation

  • Taking It Seriously: With Yoga and meditation being a point of fashion now, it’s important to know why you’re doing what you’re doing. Ensure that you’re doing this for you and not because some cosmo-magazine said it’s the current trend.
  • Cleanliness: Understanding that meditation is a sacred process, hygiene is important. Make sure you bathe and wear a fresh pair of clothes. Also, having dedicated equipment [A mat, water bottle, ,] zones you automatically into the process.
  • Scheduling: Don’t pack a session of meditation in between your free time. Meditation requires prep and stability. Fix a schedule and stick to it to reap consistent benefits.
  • Calm Mind: Unnecessary distractions defeat the purpose. Start with a clear and calm mind. Let go of negative thoughts and anxiety. Focus on relief and belief and your conviction will bring your rejuvenation.
  • Yoga: As we’ve mentioned, brings your body into a state of meditation and an aura of strength.
  • Rhythmic Breathing:Sudarshan Kriya Yoga’ – a technique to harmonize breathing patterns. Why? To ensure you’re in a neutral state and are not affected by what’s been happening to you. Systematic breathing is the key to emotional balance.

 

Meditation Postures

How to sit for meditation is just as important as knowing the benefits of it. There are a lot of meditation postures that differ regarding hand and leg positions.

A few familiar ones here for you are:

  • The 3/4th Lotus: The most common form of meditating – sitting in a loose cross-legged form with the soles of your feet touching your knees.
  • The ½ Lotus: Have one-foot cross over your opposite thigh while it remains straight and elongated
  • The Full Lotus: Also known as the ‘Padmasana’ pose – have your legs crossed with your feet resting on the opposite thigh.
  • Burmese Position: A more relaxing position where your feet are loosely placed on the floor.
  • Seiza: Known as the ‘Vajrasana Pose’, it’s a kneeling pose with a prop between the legs.
  • Chair: Sitting on the floor a little uncomfortable for you? Grab a seat and align your hips and feet with your back straight and you’re ready to go!

 

Tips On Meditation Positioning

  • Keep Your Spine Straight: You need to uplift yourself while sitting. Slumping makes your body too comfy and lazy.
  • Relaxed Hands:
    • Place them on your lap
    • To the side, on your thighs
    • Have the palms of your hands placed on each other while having your thumbs gently touch each other

Having your palms facing down relaxes energy flow in the body.

  • Relaxed Shoulders: Back and shoulders need to be loose and upright, supporting a strong back.
  • Head Up Front: Keep your chin leveled so that you’re not peeping at your toes but also not too high that you’ll have a neck cramp.
  • Breathing: Breath slowly and reduce the swallowing.
  • Gaze: Where do you look? It’s not always necessary that you have to have your eyes closed. You can keep them open and fixate on something not too far ahead of you (2-4 Ft.) Also, if meditating with your eyes closed makes you too sleepy, keep them open!

Choose right before meditating whether you’d like to have your eyes closed or open – whatever distracts you more should be avoided.

 

Myths About Meditating

A lot of people know there’s an act of meditating happening among a group of life-lovers, but stereotypes on meditation need to be busted, such as:

  • Time: It does not take up time! You set your schedule, and you follow it. Be mindful of what you’re doing. You can meditate while working while cooking and even walking. Meditating is a mind activity and the faster you realize that, the more ways you find to meditate.
  • No Instantaneous Results: Good things take time, as is the case with meditation. Only after cumulative sessions will you begin to feel its effects. How long? Depends on how committed you are to the cause.
  • Religious: Meditation is in no way linked to religion. It’s a spiritual act and is connected with every individual’s soul regardless of caste, creed, and religion.
  • Postures: Yes, positions have been mentioned, but those are suggestive in nature. You do not have to be as still as a log to have to meditate.

It’s recommended as it inculcates a sense of discipline but if that’s not how you feel like meditating, then don’t! Just open your mind and dissolve yourself in the quietude of meditation.

 

As Swami Says!

As quoted by A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami – “You shouldn’t flow by the notations of the mind, but the mind should flow by your notations.”

Meditation has been around for a long time, and its benefits have been recited and scattered across the globe. You’re now presented with an opportunity to make life better only because you can!

We’re here to assist you in this journey of self-awareness and promise you betterment in a lifestyle you’ve always hoped for.

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One Comment

  1. The list of postures you gave was very nice. I appreciate the different choices. I have neck issues from an old injury and will lie down from time to time. If I feel sleepy at all while lying down I will put my low legs on the seat of a chair which is a nice way to help me stay awake.

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