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Seiza is the term for the traditional Japanese kneeling/'sitting on your heels' posture.

The formal version of this posture is used in many meditative and energetic development practices.

[However, for those less-supple students unaccustomed to 'sitting on heels' - who find the task of sitting in seiza uncomfortable (& therefore a distraction) - most practices can be undertaken in other, more comfortably familiar postures.]

To properly adopt the seiza position, you will need to remove your footwear.

Once seated on your heels, place the big toe of one foot over the big toe of the other (underneath you), and spread your knees apart by approximately two hand-widths.

Place your hands, palms down, on your thighs.

Stretch your lower back upwards slightly, whilst relaxing your upper body.

Tuck your chin in slightly.

For certain practices you may need to close your eyes, (however, often it is better to only half-close your eyes as - especially in the early stages of training - this will help prevent you from drifting mentally).

Finally, hara-centre: focussing loosely in your seika tanden - co-ordinating body & mind.

 



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