Do you wonder how saints and Maharishis used to meditate not for hours but days? These saints performed Yogic poses on a daily basis like Headstands, handstands, and other advanced poses in order to warm up their bodies for the intense sessions. Consider sitting for a meditation class for an hour and going back home with pain in your knees or back or even the tailbone. This is the biggest pebble people stumble upon every time they sit for the ‘Dhyna’ or what you call esoterically as meditation. A lot of new age and naïve Yogis experience pain and discomfort during or after the sessions and this completely defeat the whole purpose. Exercising should feel good and not as a burden that you need to carry on a daily basis. Nonetheless, there is hope and the art of Yoga has some special poses that prepares your bodies for intense silent meditation sessions.
These poses are crafted in such a way that your entire body and the connecting muscles loosen up, offering you a perfect environment to stretch and sit in a particular position for prolonged hours. Here are 5 poses that you must perform prior to the Meditation sessions:
1. Malasana or Yoga Squat
Forget the stereotypes saying that Squats build only the glutes and thighs. Yoga Squat or Malasana opens the groin area, and warms up the hip flexors and the adductor muscles to its full potential. If you are a beginner then you might feel a little discomfort to conclude the pose because of the non-flexible open muscles but with time you will see the benefits.
How to do Malasana
2. Bitilasana or Cow Pose
Cow Pose is a great way to massage your spine and prepare the organs as well as the tailbone for an intense meditation sessions that last for hours. This pose is a great tool for beginners to start with their preliminary meditation sessions.
How to do Bitilasana:
3. Utkatasana or Chair Pose
If there is one pose that prepares your lower body muscles and stimulates the diaphragm and heart, then it has to be Chair Pose. You get a chance to strengthen your arms and legs as well.
How to do Utkatasana:
4. Uttanasa or Standing Forward Fold
A Yogic pose that releases your spine and lower back from the miseries of frozen stuck muscles and lets you sit for meditation with ease. If the back crackles or your knees pop, then bid adieu to these problems forever.
How to do Uttanasa:
5. Jathara Parivartanasana or Reclining Twist
This Yogic pose prepares the upper body part to withstand the intense meditation sessions that runs for prolonged hours. Apart from spine, this pose will massage your hips as well as the torso areas, giving them a chance to warm up.
How to do Jathara Parivartanasana:
With these poses, now no more crying over back pain post an hour long meditation session.