The following text is an excerpt from “A 4000 year old Leper’s Tale‘. The skeletons are found along with much older skeletons of lepers and artefacts at an excavation at Balathal, Rajasthan.
“Two other skeletons were also obtained from Balathal, but of a later date. They were found in the padmasana or samadhi posture — a striking evidence of yoga practice and burial of people perhaps regards as spiritually advanced. Even now in India, spiritually advanced people are not cremated, but buried.
Traditionally, yoga practitioners are recommended to start meditation after they have achieved some sort of physical fitness through asana (i.e. the poses) and pranayama (i.e. breathing) practice. This hierarchical method prepares the body (the muscles, joints and lungs) to sit without aches and pains for extended periods during meditation.
In a study that will appear in the Jan. 30 issue of Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, a team led by Harvard-affiliated researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) reported the results of their study, the first to document meditation-produced changes over time in the brain’s gray matter…It is fascinating to see the brain’s plasticity and that, by practicing meditation, we can play an active role in changing the brain and can increase our well-being and quality of life,” says Britta Hölzel, first author of the paper and a research fellow at MGH and Giessen University in Germany.
The main findings of the study are as follows: