Do you wonder when you sit down to meditate if you are doing it right?
There are lots of different ways for this posture, but the elements are basically the same, here are some points to follow to get the correct posture for you:
- Sit down on the floor crossed legged or if you find this hard you can sit on a cushion or just fold your legs and not cross them. As long as you are in a comfortable and relaxed position that is the most important thing. If you can’t get down on the floor there really is no shame in sitting on a chair, just be sure to sit away from the back of the chair and place your feet firmly on the ground aligned with your hips and knees.
- Elongate the spine – you need to feel uplifted when you meditate, imagine the top of your head being pulled upwards towards the ceiling. The back should be straight, but not tense.
- Rest your hands – you can rest your hands on your lap, palm up or down on your thighs depending on what makes you feel more relaxed. Another popular position is to have your hands palm up, one hand on top of the other with thumbs lightly touching.
- Relaxed shoulders – your shoulders should be pushed slightly back, let the muscles in your shoulders and back relax.
- Tuck in the chin – not so much that you are looking directly down, but so your head isn’t being held upwards which could be tiring.
- Open the jaw – relax the muscles in your face so that your jaw hangs slightly open.
- Resting your gaze – relax your gaze two to four feet ahead of you on the ground, in an unfocused manner. Just imagine a loose gaze, and rest your eyes. If you are unable to meditate with your eyes open you can close them.