Whether or not you meditate, you probably know that in order for something to function optimally it must be in perfect alignment, or at least pretty darn close. The same holds true with meditation. Unbeknownst to most, while practicing meditation a tremendous amount of energy is moving up and down your body. Also known as a person’s kundalini, in order to get the most out of meditating and this healing energy, it’s recommended that your body be in correct alignment.
Checkout this My Yoga Online post from Kreg Weiss on the seven points of meditation posture. According to Weiss, correct posture is vital to using meditation to tame your mind. Below are Weiss’ 7 points:
1. The sitting position, preferably the Lotus position.
2. The position of your back should be straight but not tense or tight.
3. The position of your shoulders should be back a little. Raise your shoulders up to your ears and then roll them back so that your shoulder blades move downwards. This motion helps to guide the upper body into position.
4. The position of our hands-there are three methods:
4a) For general relaxation, your hands are in your lap, not too low, with the right hand in the left hand, palms up and the thumbs touching.
4b) For determination, your hands are flat, palms down, resting one hand on each knee.
4c) For stimulation, which activates and frees the energy systems of the body (especially the Body, Speech and Mind), each hand has the thumb touching the base of the ring finger, and the fingers closed firmly, not too tight, round the thumb, and the hand resting palm down on each knee.
5. The position of your neck is held tall while lightly tilting the skull down a few millimeters (by gently bringing in your chin). Ensure the balance of the skull is maintained over the neck.
6. The position of your eyes: there are three methods;
6a) The eyes look down following the tip of your nose.
6b) The eyes are gently closed.
6c) The eyes look straight ahead, but very slightly lower than level or lower than the horizon.
7. The position of your mouth and tongue; your mouth can either be closed or just slightly open so air can escape (as if you were saying softly the letter AH). The tongue is relaxed in a natural position, or the tip of the tongue can lightly touch the roof of the mouth just behind the area where the gums meet the upper front teeth (this called Jiva Bandha).
Read more from Weiss on meditation and yoga here.