Meditation Tip No. 1

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Meditation Tips: No. 1 Sort That Seating Out

The majority of people meditate while seated, so its important to get it right.

Why? Well not only will you be able to relax into a deeper and more rewarding meditation practice, you will also avoid injuring your body, through repetitively sitting in an unhealthy posture.

Whether you chose to sit cross legged, use a meditation bench or sit in a chair, doesn’t matter. The principles are the same.

  • Your hips are raised slightly above the level of the knees. When sitting in a chair, or cross legged on the floor, this may mean using one of more cushions to support you.
  • The back is upright, and it follows the natural curvature of your spine.
  • Your head ‘floats’ naturally on the top of your neck, eyes in a level position
  • The arms hang vertically down from the shoulder, bending softly at the elbows to allow your hands to rest comfortably on your lap.

If you are sitting cross legged on the floor, your knees should touch the floor to avoid straining the joints. If they don’t then put a support (such as a blanket) under them, or raise the height of your sitting cushion.

Unfortunately, some of the photographs of people in meditative posture you see in yoga magazines and books overlook these key points. I.e. people have their knees stuck up in the air, and their elbows held at an angle, which both strain the joints.

© David R. Durham

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