Hands and eyes

You can place your hands on your lap with palms facing up or down, as it feels conformable. You can also keep your fingers in mudras, such as touching your thumb and index finger or thumb and middle finger. The most important is to feel relaxed and without strain in any part of the body.

Whereas most meditations and breathing practices are done with closed eyes, you do not need to start with it if this makes you uncomfortable. The reason for closing the eyes is to intensify the experience since no visual stimulation is getting to the brain through this sense. However, if you do not feel ready to close your eyes as you start, you can keep your gaze lowered, almost dissolving.

The way you sit can affect the way you feel, so take your position with grace and respect, appreciating the practice. Whenever discomfort start arising after you have started your practice, accept it. When this originates more in your mind, which didn’t get used to stillness, simply acknowledge that you hear its discontent and continue the practice. If, however, it’s your body that tells you about major discomfort, you may want to attend to it and modify the pose. Learn how to distinguish discomfort arising out of boredom of still sitting from the one that suggests that you may strain your muscle. 

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