Nowadays a lot of people are practicing meditation because of its holistic effects. To many, meditation is an important part of their lives. But since meditation involves a process, proper meditation postures are also required.
The different meditation postures:
The cross-legged posture.
Meditation mentors would certainly suggest different Meditation postures. The most famous is the “cross-legged position” which also includes one of the most common positions used these days, “lotus position”. In this kind of meditation position, the spinal cord should be kept straight throughout the meditation session. Thus, sprawling is not allowed in this kind of position. The reason for this is once you sit straight, it allows the good circulation of “spiritual energy”.
The seated posture.
A person practicing meditation can comfortably sit on a chair with his bare feet. Someone can also sit on a stool as suggested by Orthodox Christianity. In Sukhothai, the “walking meditation” of the monks is known as bas-relief. Whilst in Buddhism, a person is walking in the state of “mindfulness”. Whatever is your meditation position, remember that when doing seated position, it is important to keep your back straight, holing your head as well as spine in alignment without leaning and the thighs must be parallel to the ground. The hands must be rested at ease on the armchair.
The kneeling posture.
The one practicing meditation must kneel using both knees on the ground. His buttocks must rest on his toes and his hands must rest on his thighs.
Other helpful meditation positions:
The lying down position (also known as corpse posture or Savasna)
The person who is practicing meditation would rest on a mat or carpet keeping his legs relaxed and of course, straight. However, most meditator do not use this kind of position all the time because it imitates the natural position when you sleep thus the meditator can fall asleep in some instances. This one is good in minimizing stress.
The incorporation of hand gestures (mudras).
The integration of hand gestures in meditation has a theological explanation. Because based on the philosophy of “Yogic”, the gestures can vitally affect the consciousness. One visible example is the hand position of the person practicing Buddhism. The correct hand gesture is, the right hand is on the top of your left hand with of course, touching thumbs close enough to the “begging bowl” of Buddha.
The incorporation of different repetitive activities.
Combining different actions in stillness like deep breathing, humming, or chanting to help in provoking the “state of meditation”. The practitioners of Soto Zen usually do their meditation facing the wall with an open eye. Nevertheless, some people assume that the eyes are closed or at least, half opened.
The duration of meditation varies from person to person. Some mentors may require daily practice whilst some don’t. Some people may experience frustration if they failed to do the proper meditation. Some are even complaining about their knee due to long hours of sitting, cross-legging or kneeling. But if all these things are properly done, meditation will be a piece of a cake for you. So the above mentioned meditation postures would be a great help to you.
Practice the different meditation postures now and enjoy every moment of it.