Hand placement and posture.

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Hand placement and posture.

Postby K.Dhamma » Sat Dec 28, 2013 3:31 am

So, I usually sit without a zafu. Lately I have reverted back to the zafu because I have been getting pinched nerves and my knee has been hurting from the angle. Anyways, I usually put my hands in the "hand in hand, with thumbs touching." This is not working very well when on the zafu because I feel like I either am slumped over or I have to hold my hands higher which is stressing my shoulders. I tried putting my hands on my knees and it really opened up my chest. I don't see anything wrong with doing this, but I am just curious if this is completely normal. I do prefer my hands in the "hand in hand" posture and I can't seem to find a way to make myself comfortable. Is there anything I can do?
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Re: Hand placement and posture.

Postby mikenz66 » Sat Dec 28, 2013 4:10 am

If I'm understanding correctly, the problem is that the hands are too low? I get around this by puting a small cuision or a folded blanket in my lap, and placing my hands on that.

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Re: Hand placement and posture.

Postby K.Dhamma » Sat Dec 28, 2013 4:39 am

yes, hands are too low...(or shoulders too high ;) )
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Re: Hand placement and posture.

Postby Mkoll » Sat Dec 28, 2013 4:07 pm

mikenz66 wrote:If I'm understanding correctly, the problem is that the hands are too low? I get around this by puting a small cuision or a folded blanket in my lap, and placing my hands on that.

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Dear K.Dhamma,

What Mike suggested will also help prevent strain in the upper back from the weight of the arms. Also, the chest and shoulders won't be drooped as far forward by the weight of the arms.

I'd imagine keeping the hands on the knees or thighs is OK too.

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