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  1. Anna, do you have your shoulders turned around? If you stoop, it may be difficult, the chest is not open.�

    In theory, inhaling and exhaling are completely natural in this process, just like in ordinary life. I have never encountered anything like this, and I meditate freely myself. The only point is the position of the body in space. Try to raise your shoulders, slightly pull back and down, connecting the shoulder blades, then the chest will open. And yes, don't pinch your stomach.

    It should work.

  2. I'm not a master of meditation, but the obvious answer is to change your posture so that it's comfortable. As far as I know, when meditating, there is no super-rigid binding to the pose. There is no such testament from the Buddha that one who does not sit in a perfect lotus will not attain enlightenment. Otherwise, it turns out that there will be half-illumination in the half-lotus? Will there be quarter-enlightenment in the quarter-lotus? And if you sit on a chair or in a chair, and even lean against the back of a chair, then you will not see enlightenment at all? But what about people with inflexible legs, or a curved spine?

    So, as far as I know (and as far as basic common sense suggests), the lotus is a wish, not an absolute requirement. Simply, if you have sufficient flexibility and health, for a person of Eastern culture, in which it is customary to sit on the floor, and people retain the flexibility of their legs from childhood, the lotus or half-lotus is the optimal pose. They sit in it not because it's right, but because it's comfortable. Europeans who are not used to the lotus should sit as close to it as possible in a comfortable position (semi-lotus, on their knees or even on a chair). There may be some inconvenience (in order to somehow approach the lotus), but meditation should not turn into a continuous agonizing struggle with pain and discomfort.

    This is if you are tied to Buddhism, enlightenment and similar things.

    If the goal is just to collect your thoughts, calm down, pause and look at the flow of life from the outside, then the pose is not so important at all. For example, I meditate for 20-30 minutes almost every day, just sitting on a chair with a normal back and watching the breath, without breath control and special techniques. In order to get out of a state of stress, think about a task, reduce anxiety and sort things out-enough. But I'm not a zen master )))

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