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Meditation: The Best Postures for Meditating

24 April 2024

Meditation: The Best Postures for Meditating
Meditation: The Best Postures for Meditating

Meditation has become increasingly sought after for its diverse benefits, including reducing levels of anxiety, depression, and stress. It helps us manage our emotions more positively, due to the activation of the left prefrontal cortex, which is linked to positive outcomes. We learn to better control our minds and also to rest them, allowing for more restorative sleep. Regular practice also increases self-awareness of our body and its energy.

In this article, I will help you choose the best postures to enjoy a good meditation session, each suitable for different levels of flexibility and personal preferences:

  1. Sukhásana (Easy Pose): This is considered the easiest posture for meditation, allowing you to remain seated for longer periods. Start by sitting on a yoga mat with your legs crossed and hands on your knees.
  2. Vajrásana (Diamond Pose): It might be challenging at first until you get used to it. Place your knees on the ground and sit back on your heels, which should be slightly apart, keeping your back straight.
  3. Padmásana (Lotus Pose): This is the most renowned pose for meditation but can be challenging for those with limited flexibility. The lotus pose involves sitting with the legs crossed, placing each foot on the opposite thigh. If this is difficult, you can opt to place only one foot on the thigh while the other rests on the ground.
  4. Shavásana (Corpse Pose): If you find other postures uncomfortable, meditating while lying down is always a good option, though it might increase the likelihood of falling asleep. Lie on your back with your arms at your sides and your feet falling outward.

Each of these postures can be adapted using accessories such as pillows, blocks, or blankets to increase comfort. Try different postures to find out which works best for you.

You can start meditating for 5 minutes, with or without guidance, although it is advisable to have some form of guidance in the initial stages.