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Asanas used for Pranayam

Asanas used for Pranayama and Meditation:

Usually Sitting Asanas are used for Pranayama and Meditation.  These Asanas are:

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Following things are to be taken care of while sitting for Meditation or Pranayama… Keep your eyes closed

Ensure that the head, neck and back are in alignment

Rest the hands on the knees

Keep your upper body straight and erect

Stay still /motionless during the practice

Keep your shoulder and abdominal muscles relaxed

Sukhasana – Comfortable Pose

This sitting posture is recommended for those who have difficulty sitting for a long period of time in Siddhasana, Vajrasana or Padmasana.

Practice:
Sit with the legs straight. Bend both legs and place the right foot under the left thigh and the left foot under, or in front of, the right calf on the floor. If it is more comfortable cross the legs in the opposite way. If it is difficult to keep the body upright then sit on a cushion at an appropriate height to make the posture comfortable.

If it is not possible to sit comfortably and painlessly in Sukhasana, practice the breathing and meditation exercises sitting on a chair. The most important point for everyone is that the upper body is straight, the body is relaxed and can remain motionless during the whole exercise.

Siddhasana – Pose of the Adept

Siddhasana quietens the mind, has a balancing effect on the Nadis (nerves) and activates the spiritual energy of the Chakras. Therefore, this sitting posture is well suited to the practice of Pranayama and Meditation.

Practice:
Sit with the legs straight. Bend the right leg and place the foot very close to the body on the floor. Now bend the left leg and place the left foot on top of the right calf. The sole of the foot touches the right thigh. Pull the toes of the right foot up between the thigh and the calf of the left leg and the toes of the left foot down between the thigh and the calf of the right leg. If it is difficult to keep the body upright or the knees do not rest on the floor, then sit on a cushion, at the appropriate height.

It is possible to practice this position bending the left leg first and bringing the right foot along the left calf.