Due to the benefits, meditation in the West is becoming extremely popular. With more and more Americans using meditation as a form of relaxation, we should be asking the question “Can I meditate lying down or do I have to sit up?”
When you are in a supine position (lying down) your energy spreads throughout the entire body allowing your mind to slip into a subconscious state of deep relaxation. For some, this may be exactly what they are looking for… but for those who are trying to achieve a deeper connect with one’s true self or search for the true power of meditation, this position is not the proper way to practice.
To achieve that deeper connection, you should be sitting upright with the spine erect, the head over the shoulders and the shoulders over the hips. This will allow you to draw all of your energy upward towards the pineal gland. During the initial stages of meditation the pineal gland is actively secreting melatonin, decreasing the alpha and beta brain waves and increasing the theta waves. From a physiological stand point, this process modulates sleep patterns in both seasonal and circadian rhythms. During your practice focus on your breath, become aware of the energy that surrounds you, and have the intention to slow down. Spend at least 5 minutes practicing this every day and the changes will be dramatic!