From Great Lent by Alexander Schmemann:
Christian asceticism is a fight, not against but for the body. For this reason, the whole person–soul and body–repents. The body participates in the prayer of the soul just as the soul prays through and in the body. Prostrations, the “psychosomatic” sign of repentance and humility, of adoration and obedience, are thus the lenten rite par excellence.
My problem is making room in my cluttered house for prostration. I had a favorite retreat center in the 90′s where I found great intercession and healing in praying, prostrated on the floor in the chapel.
The posture was a favorite when I was a boy for many things: reading, studying coins or other collectibles, writing or painting. In the spiritual realm, it’s not something one can easily do in public–most places just aren’t built for it. I can imagine side stalls half-hidden in a church to allow people to pray prostrate without inquiring eyes.
Success with this posture, anyone?