Yoga originates from the old Indian Sanskrit word meaning ‘to yoke’ or ‘union.’ Typically, it refers to the unifying of body, mind and soul with numerous sorts of yoga practice. Physical yoga, or hatha yoga, integrates the physical movement of the body with meditative breathing to boost and bring more versatility to the body and bring energy, peace and less psychological stress to the mind. Yoga postures for meditation can be standing or seated presents, however should each concentrate on preserving steady breathing.

Padmasana, or Full Lotus Pose

In their book ‘The Science and Philosophy of Teaching Yoga and Yoga Therapy,’ authors Jacqueline Koay and Theodora Barenholtz name meditation as one of the 5 principles of yoga. Seated postures assistance keep the mind mindful and alert, whereas lying presents can lead to sleep as meditation gets to a deeper level. In padmasana, start by sitting on the floor in a simple crossed-leg position. Bring the left foot to the upper part of the right thigh and right foot to the upper part of the left thigh. Keep spine long and lengthened and rest hands on the knees, palms either dealing with up or gently clasping the knees. Full lotus posture assists keep the knee joint lubed due to the stoppage of synovial fluid during the position followed by its immediate release after the pose.

Skandasana, or Waterfall Pose

Waterfall posture is among the simplest inversion poses and can be done as part of a meditative practice. Start lying close to a wall and bring hips and gluteals as near to wall as possible. Walk the boosts the wall, inching hips and glutes closer to the wall and extending legs completely upwards. Waterfall is a foundational inversion to prepare specialists for other inversions. Unlike waterfall, where the heart and brain are level, more advanced inverted poses bring the heart above the brain and allow gravity to assist blood circulate through the upper body and brain without putting additional stress on the heart. While many people invest hours every day with the head above the heart, inverted presents promote the opposite and assist ease sinus troubles, clear the throat and lungs and stimulate the endocrine system.

Sukhasana, or Easy Pose

A variation on and easier variation of complete lotus present, easy posture is designed to set the foundation for someday carrying out meditative yoga in advanced postures. Begin by sitting on the ground with the legs crossed, spinal column directly, and hands positioned lightly on the knees with the palms facing either up or down. Bring the ideal shin to the ground, keeping it parallel with the left shin. Sit and meditate in this pose for a while before changing to bring the left shin outside the right and rest both shins parallel on the floor. Easy present helps promote the activity of synovial fluid within the knee joint, along with aid relax the spine.