Meditation posture


When I meditate I’m noticing my head tends to tilt down to the floor. I’m curious to know if that has any meaning?

—Tempest, America


Dear Tempest,

The significance of the head tilting downward is that it is indicative of going into the subconscious state whether of sleep, semi-subconscious, stream of thoughts, daydreams etc.

I suppose one would have to say “nothing is always” but I think I state the above with relative confidence!

At the same time, however, I observe meditators with the head tilted back. The energy such a posture projects is that of aloofness, self-absorption in thoughts, even arrogance.

The position we are taught is that of head approximately “level,” or parallel to the ground. This is our starting position. It is possible that in being lifted into superconscious states our head and body might be altered, even considerably, but so long as you are aware of your body and the position of the head, I would recommend that you try to keep it level, absent any other influences such as neck pain etc.


Blessings and joy to you!

Nayaswami Hriman