Posts by Ethan Kind
Meditating (Meditation, Sitting) – Injuries, Tension, Pain, Strain, and Great Posture (Meditation)(Albuquerque)(Alexander Technique)(Hurting)
This ebook, An Alexander Technique Approach to Meditation (Sitting or Meditating), is published on this website as a PDF ebook. It is written to give everyone who sits in meditation deep insights into the bad postural habits that meditators do that can make a meditation session so painful. If you are hurting you can’t be at peace, because of pain, strain, and injuries.
This ebook is also for sale on all AMAZON websites in a KINDLE format.
Located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.A. (MOVEMENT THERAPY)
This ebook describes in detail the changes to the meditator’s habits of the back, neck, shoulders, hips, knees, and ankles that can make meditating for hours comfortable by using an effortless sitting technique.
I help the meditator identify exactly what he or she is doing to cause so much pain, strain, and injury in sitting. Many meditators have wonderful technique (look good), but the excess tension in their posture can cause intense pain, even when it is not visibly obvious what is going on in the body.
This ebook helps you, maybe for the first time, identify the subtle and maybe not so subtle habits in your meditation that are making your “good posture” not work for you. All excess tension pulls bones closer together and causes wear and tear and pain throughout the body. When you begin to hurt in one area of your body, and if you begin to tense more and more to wall off the pain, then you cause other areas of your body to hurt, and your good sitting posture stops working for you.
I’m a certified Alexander Technique teacher, and my training was designed to help me look at anyone sitting in meditation and identify the obvious and not so obvious postural and technical problems that are causing pain and injury. I then show the meditator what he or she is doing and not doing that is compromising his or her technique. Many people who meditate have a very general postural and technical awareness of how they sit, but they aren’t always aware of how to make changes that can release the hurting in the legs or neck or shoulders etc.
To make a good meditation technique work that isn’t working, the meditator is shown in this ebook how to approach the different areas of the body allowing movement and flow in all of these areas. No matter how quiet the body is in meditation, if you lock any area you will begin to hurt after long hours of practice or sitting. Example: If you meditate with tense legs, this will cause constant hip and lower back pain.
I’m also writing from my background as a concert guitarist. When I went to an Alexander Technique teacher with carpal tunnel syndrome on the guitar, I wanted to get out of physical trouble as soon as I could. And I did! It is this experience as a hurting guitarist that I never forgot. After I finished my Alexander Technique training, it is this remembered pain and fear of having to stop playing and performing that I bring to my writing and teaching. It makes it possible for me to write clearly about the physical problems that so many people who meditate create in their bodies.