Meditation Makes Me Feel Warm and Sweat, Is That Normal?

Question

I started meditating recently, it’s been only few weeks. As I started meditating daily I noticed that every time during meditation my body temperature increases, sometimes I even start sweating and I get sweaty palms as I meditate. Is this normal for beginners in meditation?

Or am I doing something wrong?

I always make sure to keep my spine straight and try to sit in the lotus pose or crossed legs.

I would be very grateful if you could answer my question.

—Abhishek, India

Answer

Dear Abhishek,

I am glad that you started to meditate.

Since I don’t know what meditation technique you are practicing, I can answer your question only in a general way.

When you practice certain breathing technique, the body temperature can rise.

When you meditate, energy is moving, hopefully upward, and that might cause heat.

Generally, when one meditates the body cools down, but some meditation techniques can cause the body to become warmer. When you meditate, make sure you are relaxed and not tense. Practice with ease and relaxation. Feelings of extreme heat in the spine is always a sign to stop what you are doing.

Gradually as you get comfortable meditating, these symptoms will go away, unless those symptoms are considered normal for the technique you are practicing.

Blessings on your practice.

Nayaswami Diksha