The basics of Meditation: anti-stress tips and postures

The basics of meditation: anti-stress tips and postures

Due to the stress people have been experiencing lately, meditation won some ground in the west. If you want to improve your life quality, you can start to practice it. It enhances the appearance of positive thoughts and improves concentration among other benefits.

Meditation is a millennial practice that originated in the Indian region and quickly spread among the countries located in that area. 

Choose a quiet place, sit down properly and start meditating! 

Meditation should be a daily practice

Meditation brings many benefits to the body. It contributes to mental and emotional well-being. This practice calms the mind, helps to find oneself, and reduces anxiety and stress. It also improves concentration. It is useful to empathize with others, and it enhances the appearance of positive thoughts. 

If you want to start to meditate because of all the benefits that this practice provides, you can easily start by trying different postures to find the one that goes better for you. Besides, you need to use comfortable clothes and find some time to meditate. Here you have some useful postures to try and find yours. 

Cross-legged is recommended for those that have difficulties to sit in other postures for a long time.
  1. Sukhasana - Comfortable Pose (cross-legged): Bend both legs and place the right foot under the left thigh and the left foot under, or in front of, the right calf on the floor. If needed, you can sit on a cushion. 
  2. Vajrasana - Sitting on the Heels: bend your legs and sit on your heels. Keep your legs together while your big toes touch each other. Take your torso forward and then sit back between the heels. Maintain an upright position. 
    The half Lotus position is recommended for those unable to sit comfortably in Lotus 
  3. Ardha Padmasana - Half-Lotus: cross your legs and sit on the floor. Keep your right foot near your body on the floor, and place your left foot on top of the right thigh. Your knees should rest on the floor while keeping an upright position.
  4. Padmasana - Lotus: very similar to the Half-Lotus. You are going to cross your legs and sit on the floor. Then you will place your foot on the opposite thigh. Keep an upright position. 

While you try these positions, remember the upper body is straight, your neck and back are aligned, shoulder and abs muscles are relaxed, your hands must lie on your knees and do not forget to keep your eyes closed. Now you have the basic tips and postures to start your meditation time!

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