In this article I would like to talk about meditation postures. Many people feel confused when they try to find the right posture to meditate. In a few words, we could safely say that there is not a right meditation posture. You can literally meditate at any pose you want. Whatever works for you is a right meditation posture. Now, for a posture to work, you need to follow some simple rules. Let’s have a look at these rules.
1. You need to choose a pose that you stick on it for the whole meditation procedure. This pose must be so comfortable that you will not be forced to change it while you meditate.
2. You need to choose a pose that lets your energy flow unobstructed. This means that the pose you choose must allow your body to stay upright but not too stretched.
An upright yet relaxed pose is great for a meditation experience. As long as you follow these simple rules, you can meditate at whatever pose you feel comfortable with. Meditation can be practised anywhere while doing anything. In reality you can transform every activity to a meditation experience. That’s why you can meditate in a stand up, sitting or lying position as well. Let’s take a look at every category one by one.
If you choose to meditate in a stand up position the only thing you need to take care is to stay upright and relaxed. Don’t overstretch your body and don’t stay curved. Both of them will block your energy. There are many meditations practised in a stand up positions. There are also some meditations that use some kind of body activity like walking etc.
There are many forms of meditations that can be practised in a stand up position but there are also many others that cannot be practised. Like breathing meditation. Breathing meditation can cause dizziness so it is a better idea to choose a sitting or lying pose. If you choose a sitting pose you need to take care of a couple of things. Of course, your body must stay upright and not too stretched. Another thing you need to keep in mind is to sit on a comfortable seat. Hard surfaces are not a good option because they will make you feel tired pretty soon. On the other hand, if you meditate in poses like lotus, semi-lotus or crossed-legs, very soft surfaces are also not a good option. Surfaces like your bed make you lose your balance. If this happen while you meditate you will lose your concentration trying to fix your balance. So, it might be a better idea to choose a hard floor with a thin carpet underneath.
If you are a beginner I strongly recommend you meditate sitting on a chair with your feet connected to the floor. It’s a good idea to let your hands loose on your knees. This way you can receive more energy from the earth by connecting your hands with the earth through you feet. Sitting on a chair is also a comfortable pose that allows you to meditate deeper.
Finally, if you choose to meditate in a lying position, it is much better to meditate lying on your right side. This will help your heart work easily and you will be able to manage more energy. If you suffer from stomach issues it is better to lie on your left side. This way you will prevent acid reflux that can burn your oesophagus and block your energy in your throat and solar plexus area. You can also meditate while lying on your back but in this case it is better to use a pillow below your head. This will prevent your body from stay overstretched and will help your energy to flow unobstructed. Keep in mind to use a thin pillow. Too thick pillows can cause your head tilt too much forcing your neck to create a sharp angle. This angle can also block your energy.
In a few words what you must do while you choose a meditation pose is to listen to your body. If you feel any pain, or uncomfortable to stay in this pose for a long time, or something doesn’t look right, you should choose another pose to meditate.
I hope this simple guide will help you to improve your meditation experiences.
Let me know what is your favorite meditation pose.
Fotis De Tao.