The notion of the perfect body varies from a person to person. Some like it sculpted while others admire the slim and slender form. However, what unanimously appeals to us is Mental poise. And, the universal method of embracing the peace of the mind in amalgamation with heightened alertness and inner strength is ‘Meditation’.
Sitting Down Postures:
One of the preferred categories of Meditation postures is the Sitting Down. Meditators can perform any form of meditation in a crossed-legged sitting position with a close attention to the elements listed below:
Here are the top five yoga meditation poses (postures) that you can adapt for your meditation practices.
1. Quarter Lotus Pose (Pada Padmasana): A variation of the lotus pose in which the feet are placed at the opposite calves of the legs instead of the thighs. One of the highly revered poses employed for meditation and mantra chanting. Beneficial for novice yoga practitioners and individuals with tight hips and ankles who find sitting in a lotus pose for longer durations strenuous. Steps to do:
2. Half Lotus Pose (Ardha Padmasana): An intermediate yoga position involving a greater arrangement of thighs, hips, knees, ankles owing to the elevation of one foot. When in the half lotus pose, breathe through the nostrils to dive into the meditative state and to embrace deep serenity. Extending beyond the relaxation benefit, this pose strengthens the back, improves posture and stretches the muscles of the hips, knees, thighs, and ankles. How to perform:
3. Lotus Pose (Padmasana): An ultimate meditation posture– Lotus pose helps you sit for longer durations in meditation. Traditionally, Padmasana is revered for its calming nature, Hatha Yoga Pradipika entitles it as the destroyer of all diseases and several ancient texts claim that it awakens the Kundalini Energy. Anatomically, it increases the blood supply in the pelvis providing relief from menstrual discomfort, strengthens the spine, and stretches the thighs, hips, and knees. Here are the instructions:
4. Burmese Position: A simple yet effective yoga meditative posture highly suitable for all levels of meditators. Savor the peacefulness, strengthening, and health rewards of the Burmese posture by following the step-wise procedure:
5. Seiza Pose (Vajrasana): Practitioners can take up their meditation practices in a Seiza Pose instead of the classical crossed-legged seated positions. Seiza is a propped up Hero Pose (Virasana). Steps of the pose:
Take time to establish yourself in these meditation positions correctly to rejuvenate the mind and to connect with the inner self effortlessly.
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