Even the most bendy asana practitioner can feel a little stiff and uncomfortable when attempting a sitting meditation practice. Author and yoga teacher Charlotte Bell is aware of the physical challenges new meditation practitioners may feel, and she addresses them in her new Rodmell Press book, Yoga for Meditators: Poses to Support Your Sitting Practice.
Charlotte writes, “Asana practice, by its very nature, is about preparing the body for meditation. So a book on yoga for meditators may seem redundant. All yoga is for meditators, after all. Still, there are poses that I have found to be optimal in addressing the specific physical challenges that arise during meditation, and it is in this spirit that I offer the practices in this book.”
The book is designed for beginning and seasoned practitioners and includes:
- the most common physical issues that can cause discomfort during sitting meditation
- asana to establish the base, awaken the spine, soften the shoulders, and quiet the body-mind
- sequences for calming agitation, increasing energy, opening the hips
- other traditional meditation positions — walking, standing, and lying — with ways to settle into each
I have three copies of this beautiful new addition to the Rodmell Press Yoga Shorts series, courtesy of IAYB sponsor Rodmell Press. To enter, leave a comment before 9am EST on Monday, April 30, answering the skill-testing question: What’s the biggest challenge in your asana or meditation practice?