Vipassana Meditation

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Vipassana Meditation

Postby Act » Sat Mar 12, 2016 4:00 am

Has anyone ever been taught or tried to do long sit (an hour or more) meditations, specifically the original Vipassana technique? I have signed up for one in the fall and am curious to see if anyone else has experience with this.

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Re: Vipassana Meditation

Postby Yankiwi » Sat Mar 12, 2016 8:01 am

I do a 20 minute yoga practice at home six days a week but for about five years I attended power yoga classes at least four days a week. My teachers had done the long Vipassana Meditation course and just the thought of it made my legs restless. In savasana when everyone else was in repose my legs would be fidgeting something terrible. I don't think Vipassana Meditation is really for those of us with RLS. It would be absolute torture for me.

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Re: Vipassana Meditation

Postby ViewsAskew » Sat Mar 12, 2016 10:03 am

Not since my symptoms were 24/7. When they were mild, I meditated daily - usually 30 minutes - and I was fine. I had to stop when the symptoms increased - I couldn't manage even five minutes. I tried again after things were more under control - I actually was OK with symptoms if my meds were working...but I was so tired from the lack of sleep and/or the medication side effects that I'd just fall to sleep. I find that more active forms of mindfulness work better for me.

I'd guess it depends on the control of your symptoms, the degree of them, and when you plan on meditating. If you have mild symptoms, you might be fine, especially if you meditate earlier in the day. Evenings likely could be an issue. If you are using medication that controls symptoms, you also might be OK, especially if you meditate when medicated or, again, early in the day when symptoms are usually least. If your symptoms are not covered now, however, I'd guess it would be very hard.
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Re: Vipassana Meditation

Postby Yankiwi » Sun Mar 13, 2016 12:19 am

Vipassana isn't just meditation. It is for many hours, sitting perfectly still, sometimes all day and some retreats are for many days.

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Re: Vipassana Meditation

Postby badnights » Sat Apr 02, 2016 9:24 am

Standing Qi Gong (Standing Chi Kung) might allow the same benefits while suiting WED patients better. Standing postures are held for long periods of time. (There's more to it than that. I'm only passingly familiar with it but it interests me.)
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