How Can I Improve My Meditation Posture?
The benefits of meditation and the Alexander Technique are becoming more known and accepted by mainstream doctors. Some doctors are recommending meditation to patients with high blood pressure, stress related conditions, heart disease, headaches, digestive disorders and more. Doctors are primarily recommending the Alexander Technique for posture issues and back pain.
Good posture while meditating can be a challenge for those new to meditation as well as those more experienced with meditation. Improving one’s meditation posture is important for people who meditate for ten minutes, and those who meditate for hours. The Alexander Technique can help with improving meditation posture, as well as posture in general.
In researching various instructions for proper meditation posture, a suggestion that keeps arising is ‘keep your spine straight.’ This is a suggesting not to slouch, the very picture of bad meditation posture. However, sitting rigidly upright is not the best alternative.
The spine is not straight to begin with, so we can’t keep it straight. The spine has curves (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, and sacral) What we don’t want to do is to exaggerate those curves by letting our heads rest back and down our our neck, compressing the spine.
It is helpful to be more at ease both on and away from the cushion, chair, bench, pew, or floor. Why add tension to meditation because of your meditation posture? Why add tension to anything? So what should you do to improve your meditation posture?
Free your neck of excess tension. Let your head rotate forward (slowly, slightly lower your nose). Allow the crown of your head to move up. Let your torso release into length and width. Breathe. Expand. When you release excess tension in your legs, they will move away from your torso. Allow your arms to move away from your torso. Let your sitting bones release down into your sitting surface.
These are a few Alexander Technique directions. As you learn to use the principles of the Alexander Technique to improve your meditation posture, you become aware of tensions and extra work, which heretofore were unconscious. Enjoy your meditation…more.
Mark Josefsberg-Alexander Technique NYC
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