posted on Jun, 17 2009 @ 09:43 PM
Since I don't have any yogic training or much insight on the related question, I thought I'd pose it here and see.
This question pertains to the back. I've been mindful of when I feel the sudden urges throughout the day to breathe in deeply through my chest, in
doing so it usually causes my upper back to crack a little. I have no problem breathing comfortably through the stomach, though the issue of proper
posture comes up when I meditate. It's just one of those things I've been stubbornly putting off for a long time and I've reached a point where
I'd like to move beyond this.
I used to have stiffness in my lower back, I dealt with those chakra issues, the stiffness moved up the back, dealt with those chakra issues (over
time).. and the stiffness weakened but traveled up to my upper back. I dealt with heart chakra issues and found some release of the tension. I don't
feel much tension in my back anymore but when I meditate, sitting in a chair or legs folded (not in lotus, still working on that one).. well when I'm
sitting I'll let my arms rest with my hands in a mudra on my lap comfortably but I notice a little discomfort comes for my upper back. I'll feel the
urge to breathe in deeply through the upper lungs (rather then through diaphragm).. and my back will crack.
So i'm just wondering from someones point of view who has dealt with this or has knowledge of it, if this is normal, is cracking the back unblocking
energy or making things worse?
I sometimes crack my next to the side and it can be dissorienting and i'm wondering the effects it has on the back.
But furthermore I wouldn't mind some tips on posture, various body locks etc so I can overcome this discomfort.
It seems strange that they tell you its ok to meditate in a chair, and i've had some good meditations in a chair but it depends on the type of chair,
I find the back rest can restrict comfortable breathing wheras without one, I tend to bend forward, and if I straighten my back it feels uncomfortable
and not.. RIGHT.. not relaxed.
I get the most comfort out of Qi Gong and don't experience any real urges to chest breathe with that.
So does anyone else get this urge to chest breathe, also resulting in a cracked back? Do you have any insights into this?
Much appreciated. I'm not new to meditation but going your own way can result in skipping a few useful steps sometimes.