Asanas: Pre-Meditative Exercises

Premeditative exercises are intended to prepare the body for meditative asanas, in which one remains in a specific sitting pose for a certain duration of time. This is the second group of such exercises given, and in the next lesson we will introduce all the important classical meditative asanas. It is necessary to describe these asanas at an early stage in this book so that you are able to participate effectively in the meditative practices described in the future, as well as the ones already covered. To practise these meditative asanas one must have reasonably supple legs; they are very difficult with stiff legs. For this reason we intend to recapitulate the relevant exercises that we have already discussed for loosening up the legs, and introduce you to a few more.

Regular and earnest practice of the following exercises will help to loosen up even the stiffest legs and help to prepare you to at least attempt some of the advanced meditation asanas.

Practices

The following exercises are excellent for loosening up the legs:

Ardha titali asana (half butterfly)

Kawa chalasana (crow walking)

Shroni chakra (hip rotation)

Poorna titali asana (full butterfly)

Kashtha takshanasana (chopping wood)

Vayu nishkasana (wind releasing pose)

These last three exercises we will cover in this topic. Actually all asanas loosen up the legs in one way or another, but the six that we have given are particularly useful for people initiating a serious practice of meditation.

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