HOW YOGA POSTURES AND BREATHING EXERCISES PREPARE US FOR MEDITATION
To find an answer to this question let’s first review some basic yogic terms…
Asana: A steady and comfortable posture
Pranayama: Breathing Exercises designed to un-obstruct the breath
Sukha: Comfortable, Permeable, Good Space
When we consider these words and their definitions in the context of a physical yoga practice, we understand that they are mutually supportive. Meditation (Dhyana) requires mental stillness (Dharana). The foundations for this state of mind are a comfortable (Sukha), steady (Sthira) posture (Asana) and effortless quiet breathing (Pranayama).
Postural demands on the body affect or agitate the breath which interferes with clarity and focus, therefore an optimal seated posture for meditation must be energy efficient and as effortless as possible. By practicing various yoga postures and breathing exercises we seek to remove blockages and create good space. At this STILL POINT life force flows freely.
“Meditation is alertness without tension and relaxation without dullness” ~ T.K.V. Desikachar