I have been practising Vipassana meditation for some years now. Please advise me: why on my in-breath do my toes contract, and most times relax on my out-breath? Sometimes my toes stay contracted for quite a few in- and out-breaths, then my toes relax. My toes' contracting usually starts over half-way through my 45 minute meditation.

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That's not all that uncommon. If it's not your toes, it'll be something else. Personally, my hands will sometimes contract by themselves and my forearms will occasionally rotate a few degrees. Other people usually report muscles in their faces that start to fire, maybe their shoulders will bounce a bit, etc.

All this is a result of tension leaving the body. The more you relax into your meditation, the more your body will loosen up. The deeper the concentration, the more relaxed you'll get. As you keep at your practice, you might even see other places start to loosen up - places of deep seated tension that you didn't even know existed.

It's nothing to be alarmed about if that's your concern.


In my experience, this means that you are suppressing something. Something deep in you comes up during that meditation, but you push it back down. It could be an issue you are long used to, and accepted as a part of "normal life", but deep inside still have a conflict.

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    Interesting, I can see your angle too, but it is rare isn't it? If it was a more severe physical reaction I'd have put it down to pranic or kundalini energy, which can sometimes cause grimaces or cause the neck to tilt and so on. Not to mention growls, jerks and spasms and the like which would be obvious kundalini kriyas. Otherwise it's usually as nemo says, some tension being released.
    – Buddho
    Jul 23, 2015 at 15:24

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