The ultimate goal of asana is preparing your body for meditation. It is the third limb of the ashtanga yoga and is first stage in hatha yoga teacher training course. More you attain stability & strength in asana, the effortless will be your focus & attention. Meditation starts with focus, attention and concentration of mind. Meditative asanas are crossed-legs yogic poses which provides stability to your sitting position with upright back.
Asanas are preliminary to meditation techniques. It is intended to bring rhythm & stability in body. For meditation retreat, you have to sit calm and motionless for an elongated period of time. Proficiency over any specific asana is must to start the practice of meditation, which is internal yoga. Emptying your mind from all thoughts is basic to “dhyana”. Gain mastery over any asana, so that you can easily make compatibility with stillness of mind.
The four meditation poses are regularly used by yoga practitioners while undergoing 200 hour yoga teacher training course affiliated to Yoga Alliance, USA. You can choose yoga & meditation retreat as per your convenience. If you are yoga beginner, begin with 100 hour YTTC course, to bring compatibility with meditative asanas.
It is relaxing & comfortable pose for any yoga beginners. You may call this asana by many names like decent pose, polite pose, comfortable pose, pleasure pose and ease pose. The choice is yours. It starts with base position. It is convenient even for aged who finds it difficult to sit in intricate asanas. A practitioner with slight pain in knees can also practice this asana.
Avoid if you suffer from slipped disc problem, fractured ligaments, and arthritis hip or knee injuries. Always practice this asana with empty stomach at fixed hour, preferably early in the morning. The place of practice should be neat & clean.
The full-blowing flower lotus expresses wisdom, purity and awareness. Padmasana brings all these traits together to the practitioner. You can sit for hours in lotus pose without stress or strain in any part of body. The focus of your mind goes inwards when you practice regularly.
Practitioner if suffering from knee or ankle injury should first consults the physician. Always start the practice under the guidance of competent yoga master.
“Ardha” is Sanskrit word which stands for semi or half. If you find any inconvenience in performing full lotus pose, then practice this ardha padmasana. It is more comfortable and cozy than previous one, as you have to adjust & balance only one foot on top of the opposite thigh.
If enduring from knee or ankle injury, avoid this meditative asana till recover completely. Take the advice of expert physician before signing-in any yoga course.
“Siddhasana” is a Sanskrit word which means accomplish or ‘siddha’. This highly meditative asana stir all the psychic currents (nadis) and centers of energy (chakras) by controlling the vital energy (prana). It is purely a meditative pose to fix your mind on single thought. It gently removes stiffness from gross body. It is suitable for all levels of yoga practitioner.
If you are suffering from severe knee joints and fresh ligaments injury should take the advice of physicians. Even if you are suffering from muscular pain or sciatica, avoid this asana. Practitioners who recently gone through knee-operation should also shun it.