Among the principal effects of meditation is that it allows you to relax and reduce your stress. The more important effect, and is in fact the principal result, however, is that it allows the unity of the body and the mind. To achieve this purpose, Hatha yoga (postures) is important in deepening your meditation.
By following Hatha yoga religiously, you allow yourself to unlock the energy seated deep within you and unleash your true energy, allowing you to achieve inner communion with yourself. Here are some ways to deepen your meditation by using a variety of yoga postures.
1. Particular routines are helpful in order to maximize the effects of yoga. According to Gyandev McCord of Ananda Yoga, the first posture must be the standing asanas, where the spine is the center and the focus of the energy. After this is a variety of floor poses which will spread the energy from your spine. Inverted poses will follow, which will the awaken energy to your brain through “subtle gravity”. There is also another pose, the Corpse Pose or Savasana, which helps in internalizing all the energy in the brain.
2. The benefits of each posture are not only physical; there also spiritual benefits that stand to be gained. According to Gyandev McCord in his book Yoga for Busy People, postures stimulate the inner boundaries of energy or the life force. It draws us toward a certain attitude or mindset, like vitality, calmness, or inner harmony. These postures are responsibility for enhancing and fully empowering the mind-body connection.
3. Another important aspect about meditation is that they are tools for affirmations. Every pose affirms a spiritual quality and flow of energy. IN effect, every pose is a form of meditation in itself, where you enter a certain spiritual quality.
When focusing on understanding the different posture routines, be mindful of the specific order you do them in, as it has a large bearing in how your energy will flow inward and upward.
Not all yoga poses are for everyone. In fact, some are not recommended for beginners. You are recommended to consult a physician or a qualified yoga teacher to know which poses are suitable for your level. You should also look for an Ananda yoga teacher near you, someone who can prepare you for the numerous benefits that can be had from Ananda yoga.