There is no purist approach of doing meditation. As long as you can delve deeper within your psyche, are able to make a connection with your ‘Self’ and find peace within, you are totally on point. But in order to strike the right chord of equilibrium in your body and mind, you really need to have some idea about meditation postures as per the tradition.
Here are six such meditation postures that have been working for all across cultures—
Padmasana or the Full Lotus
It’s representative of the atypical yogic disposition, of peace and steadfastness. The Lotus is a cross-legged seated posture that cultivates peace within and lets the practitioner open up to inner light bit by bit just like a blooming lotus.
This meditation posture unfolds, thus—
- Sit on the mat with an erect spine and legs stretched out in the front.
- Fold the right knee and rest it upon your left thigh, having the heel almost touch your abdomen as the sole points upwards.
- Reverse the knee fold with the other leg.
- Place your hands on your thigh with the palms facing upwards in gyan mudra.
- Inhale and exhale deep and strong.
The Quarter Lotus
If you feel the Full Lotus is not your cup of tea, at least not in the initial stage of your practice, feel free to try its kindly counterparts, one being the Quarter Lotus. In this meditative asana, you can keep your crossed legs relaxed rather than hitching up the toes to the abdomen.
For those who find it hard to make contact between the hitched up toes and lower belly as it is in the Full Lotus, this is going to be more suitable. With no abiding tension caused by the posture, hope you now gain more composure to journey inwards.
You may like to gather your hands to the chest in the Anjali mudra, thus making contact with your heart chakra.
The Half Lotus
The Half Lotus is the second watered down version of padmasana, though not any less potent for gaining some deep meditative composure. In this posture, you need to rest one toe on the thigh of the opposite leg, pulled up to your abdomen but the other leg can be folded under this knee rather than pulled with a strain on to the thigh.
More relaxed than the Full Lotus but equally conducive to the state of meditation!
Seiza or the Appropriated Virasana
Those familiar with the Virasana (the Hero Pose) or Vajrasana (the thunderbolt pose) knows how the act of kneeling could express complete submission to the divine. Drawing thoughts away from sensations to somewhere deeper within in a place of peace, the Seiza could be an ideal posture for meditation seekers.
Down you go on the mat, sitting in a kneeled posture with a cushion kept upon your limbs to support your buttocks. Rest your hands upon your thighs in a mudra that enhances your energy flow. Keeping your spine erect, delve into the depths of your soul.
The Chair Pose
Though it is important to establish a connection with the earth while you meditate by taking a seat on the ground upon a mat, meditating on a chair is not quite counterintuitive. You may sit on a chair with some space maintained between the back of your chair and you, thus having your spine completely elongated. Keep your feet planted on the ground and maintain their alignment with your hips and knees.
Now, try to feel connected and invoke the bliss.
It’s also definitely legit to meditate in a supine yoga meditation poses, only if you can guarantee complete wakefulness!