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From another thread:
I think it's necessary for many of us in this modern culture to first undo a lot of the damage done to our bodies by living in a very head-based, sedentary society. A lot of the troubles people have with sitting practice, IME, stem from a lifetime of misusing or neglecting their bodies. For myself, I actually usually don't do sitting practice until after I have done either some yoga or a workout of some kind. I find this roots my awareness back into the body, but also allows for deeper, more diaphragmatic breathing. Work requires me to sit for long hours. Jumping right back into more sitting would probably do more harm than good.
I am a great believer in prostrations as a practice to prepare the body/mind for sitting. Or walking meditation as equal to sitting. Mindfulness as both a beginner through to advanced practice. The value of study, good company etc.
What complementary practices have most helped your meditation?