Meditation is a practice that connects a person to the spiritual aspect of his being, and it has been practiced by people around the world for thousands of years.
People who have incorporated meditation into their daily lives have manifested significant changes in their respective persona, and many practitioners of meditation attest that it can do wonders to make changes in a person’s attitude and outlook in life.
It is an activity that requires a person to assume certain postures when they do it. Here are some of the most common postures of meditation that people apply:
1. Cross Legged Posture
Among the known meditation positions, the cross legged posture or lotus position is the one most prescribed by meditation teachers. The right lotus position is even taught in most meditative traditions.
It consists of keeping the spinal cord straight for efficient circulation. Good circulation enhances blood and oxygen distribution and this stimulates concentration which is the spring of spiritual energy.
2. Seated Posture
This requires the meditation practitioner to sit on a chair without anything on his feet. Similar to the lotus position, it also requires a person to keep his back straight and spine aligned with the head, but the his thighs should be parallel to the floor with his hands resting comfortably on his knees.
3. Kneeling Posture
This position requires the meditation practitioner to kneel with both knees on the floor with his buttocks resting on his toes. The heels should stay side by side with hands resting on both thighs.
4. Lying Down Posture
The lying down posture is similar to savasna in yoga. This requires the practitioner to lie on his back with his legs straight and relaxed.
This posture is not popular among meditation instructors as it mimics the natural sleeping position and can sometimes induce the practitioner to fall asleep. This is more of a stress reliever than a meditation procedure.
These are the most common postures in meditation. These positions can be further enhanced by incorporating them with with mudras or hand gestures and by applying meditation enhancers like humming, chanting and deep breathing. These can help to improve your consciousness and put you in a meditative state.