My last blog focused on Breathing Control - Meditation Series - Part 11 - Techniques For Practise Of Common Types Of Meditation - Breathing Control. Postures builds on this by using the whole body as a meditation tool, and not just the breath.
Some types of postures used in meditation are;
- Yoga - there are many different styles of Yoga. For example, some focus more on physical postures and others focus more on meditation. Unlike the next three points, Yoga isn't just about sitting in posture.
- Lotus Posture - both legs are crossed, feet resting on the inner thigh of the opposite leg
- Tailor's Posture - similar to sitting cross-legged, but without the legs crossed. The bottoms of the feet touch
- Burmese Posture - similar to Taylor's Posture but feet aren't touching. The feet lay side by side, toes of one foot beside the heel of the other.
By using the whole body in posture, spiritual energy can more easily flow around the body to create balance and harmony. They also assist you to connect to your higher, spiritual self. To practise any other form of meditation while in a seated posture such as Tailor's, Burmese or Lotus may assist your ability to meditate more effectively.
There are many benefits of using Postures. For general techniques on meditation, click Meditation Series - Part 3 - Meditation Techniques.
The next instalment of this Meditation Series will be; Meditation Series - Part 13 - Techniques For Practise Of Common Types Of Meditation - Mudras
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