In This Chapter
Using good technique to gain physical and spiritual benefits
Executing fundamental sitting postures
Your everyday sitting preferences have a decided effect on your capacity to feel steady and comfortable in the yoga postures, whether standing or sitting. If you’re new to yoga and its sitting postures, you’ll soon discover that a lifetime of chair sitting exacts a stiff price. Your work with the postures in this book can help you gradually improve your floor sitting, but until you’re ready to make the transition to the floor, use a chair when you sit for formal practice. After all, two of the largest yoga organizations in the world, Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF) and Transcendental Meditation (TM), encourage their Western practitioners to use a chair for meditation and breathing exercises.
This chapter describes a variety of sitting postures that you can use for relaxation, meditation, breath control, and various cleansing practices — or as a starting point for other postures.