The main purpose of the meditation asanas is to allow the practioner to sit for extended periods of time without moving the body and and without discomfort. Only when the body has been steady and still for some time will meditation be experienced. Deep meditation requires the spinal column to be straight and very few asanas can satisfy this condition. Furthermore, the practitioner loses control over the muscles of the body. The meditation asanas, therefore, needs to hold the body in a steady position without conscious effort.
Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh said the following about asanas and meditation: “You must be able to sit in one of the meditation asanas for a full three hours at a stretch without the body shaking. Then only will you gain true asana siddhi”, mastery over the asana, and be able to practice the higher stage of pranayama and dhyana. The more steady you are in your in your asana , the more you will be able to concentrate with a one- pointed mind and feel infinite peace and soulful bliss inside you.
Here are some useful meditation asanas:-
Padmasana (Lotus Pose): In the seated position, first carefully place the right foot onto the left thigh. Then take hold of the left foot and place it onto the right thigh. Keep the body erect with both knees touching the floor. The hands are to be placed either with hands or wrists resting on the knees, or the hands placed between the heels, the right hand resting in the left hand.
Benefits of Padmasana : – Padmasana is the highly preferred asanas by yoga practitioner in the beginning stage for increase the focus of mind and concentration. It helps in improving the concentration power and it will calms the brain also.
This Asana helps to preserve vital fluids in the body and prevents abdominal diseases and female disorders connected with the reproductive organs.
Doing this Asana gives your mind peace, solitude and longevity to the practitioner. It increases the hungry and helps to relax the body.
It can also helps in the stretches the ankle and knees. This Asana is the base for all asanas and it strengthens the hip and knee joints of the female and can get painless peaceful mind.
You can reduce the unwanted fat of hip and the thigh. This is the simplest and easiest asana which can be done by all the age group of men and women they can get benefits of all asana.
Siddhasana (Adepts Pose): From the sitting position, first bend the left leg and place the heel at the perineum. Then, bend the right leg and place the heel against the pubic bone, or just above the genitals. The body is kept erect with the hands placed as in Padmasana.
Benefits of Siddhasana :- Siddha Asana has a lot of curative and corrective effects on joints.
Joints of the hip, knees and ankles are activated very effectively activated during this asana normalizing the circulation of blood in these areas, the supply of synovial fluid (joint fluid) is restored, and the spasticity and pain are removed.
Siddha Asana has a good effect on the nervous system all over the body.
It is very beneficial asana for people suffering from any kind of nerve defects.
It brings vitally, power of concentration and mental equilibrium.
Mukthasana or Guptasana: First sit with the legs stretched forward. Bend the right leg at the knee, and place the right heel against the pubic bone, now bend the left leg and place the left heel above the right heel and close to the pubic bone. In this position, both the perineum and genitalia are free from pressure. Rest the hands on the knees.
Benefits of Muktasana This asana exercises the abductors, flexors; external rotates of the hip and the ankle plantar frelxors.
It helps to direct the energy from the lower psychic centres upwards to the spine. This process produces a stimulus to the brain calming the entire nervous system.
It also helps to calm the mind and get rid of negative thoughts.
It improves concentration and memory.
Swastikasana (Ankle lock Pose): The word ‘Swastika’ means prosperous in Sanskrit, and is said to bring prosperity, success, and good health to the practitioner. It is done in the following manner: Stretch the legs in front of you. Bend the right leg at the knee, and place the right heel against the groin of the left thigh so that the sole will be lying in close contact with the thigh. Now bend the left leg and place it against the right groin. Insert the toes of the left foot between the right calf and thigh muscles. Now both feet can be seen to lie between the calves and thigh muscles. The hands are placed in Padmasana.
Benefits of Swastikasana (Auspicious Pose): It is a best meditation Asana for those people who cannot sit comfortably or find difficulties in classical poses like Padmasanaand Siddhasana.
Those people who are suffering from varicose veins and pain in the leg muscles can perform this Asana.
Daily practice of this meditative pose increases the concentration level.
Give calmness to the mind.
Suitable for everybody in any age group.
Sukhasana (Easy Pose): This asana is achieved by simply crossing the legs and keeping the head and trunk erect. The hands are placed as in Padmasana.
Benefits of Sukhasana
Amplifying your state of serenity and tranquility
Broadens your collarbones and chest
Calming your brain
Eliminating stress, anxiety and mental exhaustion
Lengthening your spine
Opening your hips
Promoting inner calm
Strengthening your back
Stretching your ankles and knees
Vajrasana (Thunderbolt pose): Sit upon the heels, keep the trunk, neck and head straight. Keep the knees together with the palms of the hands resting upon the knees, or with the right hand resting in the left hand upon the lap.
Benefits of Vajrasana (The Thunderbolt Pose)
Vajrasana modifies the blood flow in the lower pelvic region. The blood flow to the legs is reduced and the blood flow to the digestive organs is increased. This increases the efficiency of the digestive system and helps those with weak digestion to digest a full meal easily. (Valium)
It helps to prevent acidity and ulcers by improving the digestion.
Vajrasana is a good meditative pose for those suffering from sciatica and severe lower back problems.
Slow and rhythmic breathing in this position can induce a meditative state.