Kendra’s 9 Questions
9 Essential Questions About Meditation
These nine questions come from someone (my sister actually) who had not been doing any yoga practices and was genuinely curious about how to begin and how to handle some of the most common hurdles in our life and spiritual practice. I hope you find these answers helpful too…
Gradual, But Permanent
You hear us talk a lot about the gradual or consistent (persistent) method. This is because we have personally experienced the failure that comes shortly after excessive or impulsive excitement when beginning a new endeavor or practice.
Swami Jyotirmayananda calls this “effervescent enthusiasm” because much like a can of soda, when you open it the bubbles come and after a short time the dissipate.
Start with a practice that is MORE than doable.
A humble start (meaning, one where you consciously decide to do less than you’re capable of in the beginning) will lead to faster and longer lasting success. This might be difficult to understand when being an “overachiever” is the standard of most success talks.
But, realize this… as you gradually increase the duration and intensity of your practice, you’ll grow with it in strength, will-power, and discipline.
After a year or two, you’ll have gradually progressed to a level of intensity that appears super-human or miraculous to others, but for you, it will be just another “day-in-the-life” (nothing out of the ordinary) because as your sadhana grew, so did you.
If sitting in a cross-legged pose is too difficult, you might try this asana. Although, if you have bad knees, it might be difficult. this is a great asana to do pranayama in. After a while, your hips will open up more and you’ll be able to fully relax into the pose.
You’ll find that it’s a lot easier to maintain a straight line up your spine, in this pose, than any of the others.
This is the easiest of the cross-legged poses. You’re simply folding your left leg first and then your right leg in front without straining your knees or placing your heel on the perineum.
In the beginning you might find that you need to switch positions and place the left leg in front of the right. This is okay to do as you continue to do your practice and your body gradually becomes more flexible and open.
This is considered to be an auspicious pose and when mastered it brings about the ultimate stability for deep meditation.
As shown in the video you’ll place your left heel on the perineum (gently sitting on your heel). Then, you’ll fold your right foot in front of your left.
As you advance in this asana, you can bring your right foot into your lap and touch the right heel to the upper pelvis area.
Caution: Do not exert excessive pressure on the perineum or pelvis when placing your heels. It should be comfortable rather than straining or painful.