The important role that well established ancient physical techniques play in meditation

The state of meditation is possible within the metaphysical realm. However, this does not imply that your body needs to be strong or supple in order to achieve such a desirable state of consciousness also called dhyána (click on the link to read more about this concept:

The more recent Western dichotomy which separates the body from the mind, is not applicable in Eastern ancient philosophies, where it is well established that the development of one depends on the other, in both directions. In fact as research shows, Western approaches are also now gradually evolving to align with this thinking.

Most of us struggle to keep our body still in a comfortable position to meditate, often the discomfort leading us to fidget and constantly move to find a more “pleasant” position or simply because our body is not used to being still. Nonetheless, for meditation to occur, the body needs to stop moving.

Therefore, how can this be achieved, especially when you are not used to being still or sitting down with your legs crossed and your back straight for long periods of time? The solution is simple, practise ancient physical positions, traditionally called ásana. The style and approach are different to the modern styles of ásana, which are practised with repetition and constant movement, instead they require longer permanence, the attention to the flow whilst moving between positions and there is no repetition.

This is why when you start the DeRose Method, we encourage you to practise such positions alongside breathwork and meditation. In this way not only will your body become more flexible, less tense and stronger, eventually achieving things that you never thought possible, but you will also notice the profound impact it will have on your meditation experience.

Practising with us, not only allows you to safely develop your strength and flexibility, but to also achieve the ultimate goal, a deep understanding of your limits, extending them and providing a higher level of body-consciousness.

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