Everything You Need to Know About Meditation Posture

Everything You Need to Know About Meditation Posture

Meditation, in layman technique, is a practice where an individual practice a method by which they can focus their mental and spiritual self on a particular thought, object, or activity resulting to a state of peace and calmness.

A practice that has existed since time immemorial, meditation has been accepted as a practice by many different religions across the globe. This practice is used for several different reasons – be it to relieve stress, cure anxiety and depression, ease the pain, or to ensure mental peace and overall well-being. Additionally, meditation practice is still undergoing research to define whether it should be considered under the psychological, cardiovascular, or neurological field of health and medicine.

The importance of meditation can’t be highlighted enough, but it is safe to say that there are enough practitioners and institutions vouching for the positive effects that this practice brings in our lives. However, it is also right to say that mastering at meditation technique first and foremost requires perfecting a meditation posture.

There are a few basic steps that you need to follow in order to master meditation posture. Let us discuss that one by one.

Sitting

The basic rule of meditation is to sit in a comfortable position. Now, there are several variations to the sitting down position starting with sitting in a usual cross-legged position to a full lotus position with both your legs rested comfortably on consecutive thighs or to even sitting on a chair if you aren’t used to sitting on a floor.

Elongating the spine

Once you have achieved the first step of meditation posture by establishing a firm sitting down posture, the next is to ensure that your spine is straight and stretched out. This is not just to ensure that you are not hunching or sitting in a position that is physically incorrect but also to ensure that you experience upliftment while you are sitting.

Positioning your hands

Once you find yourself in a comfortable position with your seating position and your spine, the next is to adjust your hands in a way that not only are they rested but also that they don’t hinder with our meditation posture at any point. To achieve this in the simplest way will be to rest your hands gently on your lap.

Positioning your shoulders

Ensure that there is no tension formed around your shoulders. Also, you could push your shoulders slightly back enabling your chest to open up and give you a strong back.

Positioning your chin and balancing your breathing

A major factor in enabling a perfect meditation posture is to ensure that your chin is tucked into your chest nicely to give you spine further elongation. This doesn’t involve you looking at your lap but to gently bend your head. Also, at this point, you have to concentrate on taking long breathes through your nose and breathing out gently from your mouth.

One of the best meditation postures for beginners is to try and meditate with their eyes closed in a calm and quiet environment. Not only does this let you feel relaxed but it also helps you achieve the state of meditation much sooner than anticipated.

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