The sitting posture and specially the Lotus
posture, does produce cramps for the new practioners.
If legs are getting cramped, in the same sitting
posture, extend your legs on the floor, ankles together, press the feet forward
and then take it back-wards.
Keep doing for few minutes.
After that, ankles together, rotate both the feet,
And then anti-clockwise.
To do till the leg/feet cramps ease
For the cramps in the hand, sitting posture (not
necessarily Lotus posture), extend arms, make
fists, keep fists together, rotate fists clock-wise and then
Then keeping fingers closed and extended
(like while saluting, or like the famous karate chop), at shoulder-lever,
extend your arms sideways.
Then bring the tips of your extended arms (extended
sideways) in an arc and touch the spot where your neck and shoulders meet (sides
of your neck-shoulder junction).
So it will be like a V shape, with both your elbows
thrust out sideways and your palm curving and your fingers touching
either side-junction of the neck and the shoulder.
Now do not let the finger lose the touch of the
neck-shoulder junction and trying to get your elbows to touch each other, in
front of you.
And now keep rotating the elbows
That is, .........the fingers remain rooted to
their point, the elbows touch each other, go round in an arc back to the
extended side positions, goes back, goes below and comes up in front to meet
All along the fingers do not shift at all, just the
elbows moving and the rotation taking place at the shoulder-ball & socket
In the beginning, you will find it
very difficult to get the elbows to touch each other, or the full the arc
to be made.
You will also find your neck muscles, back
muscles getting extended and thus aching.
Do it as much as you can.
Then reverse the direction of the rotation of the
Apart from cramps, this elbow rotation is also very
good for cervical issues and spondilitis
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, June 26, 2004 7:59 PM
Subject: [Meditation Society of America] Question
about severe leg, feet, & hand cramping
> We received an email that asked about severe leg, feet, &
> cramping while meditating. In answer to this question:physical
> This could be caused by vitamin deficiendies, being in new
> positions (like the lotus posture), or many other things, but
> starting of a new meditation technique - in this case, a pranayama
> would likely not be the cause. AS I've said many times, your
> chatterer has been your master, and you've been it's slave for
> and when it sees you gaining control over your own mind, it will
> this 'leading to freedom from its slavery' activity by distracting
> physically, and/or mentally, and/or emotionally to get you to give
> your efforts. I think there is a 100% occurance rate of this
> to meditators at one time or another. If you have a clean bill
> physical things 'really' not causing these symptoms from yourphysician, I think you have to point to your mind as the culprit. And
this is a good sign, as it indicates that you are on the right track.
It's like you have now started sawing through the bars to your prison,
and they will soon break and never again bar your way to freedom. But
during the sawing, the sounds of steel being weakened can make quite a
> Peace and blessings,Bob