Body Posture

Body Posture


Training oneself to assume a certain position for prayer, contemplation and self-conquest is a common method in all religions. The sequence of various body positions in the course of namaz or salat1 is an example of the same.

In Christianity, to pray while sitting on a hard bench, kneeling, or standing, one becomes so absorbed in prayer and meditation that anybody discomfort is forgotten. The stories of Christian saints remaining in the same position in prayer throughout the night are legendary. Traditions of India, like yoga, are the most sophisticated and detailed in this regard, the Jaina kayotsarga practices being the foremost. The Sufi training is not too far behind. The same applies to mudras, the hand positions as in Christian of Muslim prayer. Indian traditions teach hundreds of such positions for different types and stages of prayer and worship.

1. salat – The five times a day prayer enjoined upon a Muslim. Namaz in the Iranian tradition, salat in the Arabic.

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