Yoga Postures Used In Mantra Yoga

By Patricia | April 21, 2009
Mantra Yoga During Meditation

Mantra Yoga largely consists of meditation; so you have to be familiar with all the meditation poses. For meditation, all seated postures are better than standing or lying down, and in all meditation postures you must keep your back erect – though not rigidly upright – without any external supports not even a wall. Traditionally, the cross-legged sitting poses with back, neck and head in vertical line are considered best for meditation. Some of these Yoga poses may be rather difficult, in the beginning, sometimes even painful for people who aren’t familiar with them.

Postures Used in Mantra Yoga

  • Sukhasana (Easy Pose) – In this pose, you sit on your Yoga mat in a simple, easy and comfortable crossed-leg position. You start by observing your breath and then start to chant the mantra given to you by your Guru.
  • Ardha Padmasana (Half Lotus Pose) – In this pose you place only one leg on your opposite thigh, the other is underneath. If, for instance, you choose to place your right foot on your left thigh, your left foot would be beneath your right thigh. By and large, Half Lotus Pose is used as a warm up to Padmasana (the Full Lotus Pose).
  • Padmasana (Full Lotus Pose) – If you can do the Lotus Full Pose comfortably, you will be pulling off the perfect meditation posture. Take hold of your right foot with both your hands and carry it high onto your left thigh, right above your groin. Then take your left leg over your right and place your foot above your right groin. This, then, is the Full Lotus Pose.
  • Burmese Pose – This pose is far simpler to master. Here, you don’t cross your legs but spread your knees are and keep them down. You fold your legs and pull your feet back in front of your pelvis, one foot in front of the other. Your “cupped” hands will be resting on top of your thighs or on your heels. To prevent pain in your feet and ankles, it is important that you sit on a firm cushion with a folded Yoga blanket or rug below. Push your buttocks out slightly, to keep your back erect.
  • Egyptian Pose – For this you pose you need to use a chair that lets you sit upright with the back of your head supported. With both your hands placed on your thighs, this is called the Egyptian Pose. It is good to “cup” your hands limply in your lap, thumbs touching, and wrists on top of your thighs.
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