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The classes that I lead change every single time that I teach. We never do the same lesson plan twice. But some things always stay the same. Every single class always starts with seated meditation and every single class always ends in savasana (followed by namaste).
I’ve written many times about the importance of savasana. Today, I want to focus on the importance of seated meditation to start the class. Not lying down meditation. Not standing or moving meditation. Seated meditation.
Here’s the thing: seated meditation accomplishes a number of things. First and foremost, it gets your students still and focused. It finds the literal “seat” of asana. It encourages good posture. And in so doing, it engages and opens integral muscles.
Muscles. That’s important.
Because in a lying down meditation, where the muscles aren’t being engaged, it is easy for the body to fall asleep. Opening meditation is not a nap. (Savasana isn’t either!) It is an alert and engaged effort to find mental and physical stillness.
Also, by having the muscular engagement, it directly prepares the spine and hips for the asana practice that will follow.
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