Are you prepared to feel so crazy comfortable in your next meditation?
If you stopped by recently you may have already seen a post on some amazing poses for meditation where I talked about a few different ways to hold your body in meditation. Even though the poses are great options it can still be uncomfortable to sit in meditation. I have found through personal experience as well as the experience of other meditators that it is helpful to make yourself as comfortable as possible when trying to develop a meditation habit. Once you have a solid practice you can work through physical discomfort. So grab some cushions and blocks and get ready to do absolutely nothing.
Consider putting a block or two under your sit bones while in classic seated pose (sukasana) or just pull up a chair. Many people experience low back pain in a classic seated position. This can be for a number of reasons; tights hip flexors, weak core, inability to create an anterior pelvic tilt, or chronic low back pain to name a few. Putting a prop under your booty may help relieve pain associated with these problems.
How do you know if you should use a prop in sukasana? If you have any low back pain or radiating pain down your legs while in the pose or if you can’t sit on the ground and maintain a straight back better grab a prop and get back to meditating.
Supported Kneeling Seat
Prop a block or bolster under your booty while sitting in a straddle position. All the same benefits as a prop in classic seated position. Bonus points if you put a blanket under your knees for extra cushion.
This is a pose I highly recommend for beginning meditators, for many people this is the easiest way to sustain a comfortable meditation for longer periods of time.
Supported Legs Up The Wall
Rest your body on a mat or thick blanket. Fold a different blanket about four times so that it is rectangular and a few inches thick. Roll the longer sides towards each other so you end with at least four inches of cushion that can extend the width of your back. Place this under your shoulders at the base of the scapula. Rest your head on the unrolled part of the blanket OR place the roll under your neck. Move into the pose as usual.
Start by lying on a mat or a cozy blanket. Place a bolster, cushion, or blocks under your knees to support your legs. Fold a blanket and rest it comfortably under your head.
Okay omies, this should be plenty of info to keep your path to enlightenment comfy and cozy. Let me know in the comments if you have any other poses you like to add cushion to for meditation or if you’re curious about another aspect of meditation.
Love and light,