Preparation for classical meditative asanas

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The following two asanas are very useful in the earlier stages of practice. However, the best sitting positions are the classical meditative asanas. These are padmasana (lotus pose), siddhasana (accomplished pose for men) and swastikasana (auspicious pose)2. Your aim should be eventually to sit in one of these classical asanas. Therefore, the exercises previously given for loosening up the legs should be continued so that the more advanced meditative asanas can be mastered in the future1.

SUKHASANA (EASY POSE)

This is the easiest of the meditative asanas and even one should be able to sit in it. Although it may be used for meditational practices, it has one basic drawback: most of the weight of the body is supported by the small area of contact between the floor and the buttocks. After a period of time this area soon becomes a little painful. However, this can be overcome to a degree by using a cushion under the buttocks. The other meditative asanas have a larger area of contact between the floor and the body - the weight of the body is supported partly by the buttocks and also by the legs, which reduces aches and pains developing.

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