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Incorporating Meditation And Mind Calming Into Yoga
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Yoga And Meditation
If you are a big fan of the benefits of yoga, you might want to try introducing meditation into your yoga exercises. By doing so, your body will not be the only part of you that will be relaxed, your mind will be calmer and your soul will feel rejuvenated.
In the August 2009 issue of Science Daily, a pilot study that involved yoga was featured. The study involved a group of people who were given 20 minutes of guided meditation and yoga daily. The people who were chosen to be in the experimental group were those who were working in an office who led sedentary lifestyles. The results of the study showed that combined yoga and meditation significantly lowered the stress of the group by more than 10%. Yoga also improved the quality of sleep of the employees who lived sedentary lifestyles. The study concluded that indeed, yoga is really powerful and effective when it comes to calming and rejuvenating people who are under stress.
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Why Do You Need To Introduce Meditation in Yoga Exercises
You might be wondering why you need to integrate meditation into your yoga exercises. Well, the answer is quite simple. It can help you get out from feeling lethargic to feeling alive and active. Your feelings of agitation can easily be turned to relaxation and all your negative thoughts, energy, feelings and emotions can be changed to positive ones.
Getting Ready to Meditate
If you live in a place where the environment is really noisy, you might find it hard for you to meditate. When you are at work, the phones may keep on ringing, you are always typing in front of your computer, your boss keeps on yakking at you, etc. When you are at home, the kids are bickering, the TV is on full volume, dishes are clanging, and so on and so forth. How can you meditate with all the noise surrounding you? Simple. You simply FIND a place where you can be by yourself. It doesn’t have to be an extravagant place like spa or a room. Just find a nook where you can spend some quiet quality time with yourself.
When you meditate, you will be amazed with the inner calm, clarity, and serenity that you experience. There is an unexplainable connection between your body, mind and soul that makes you feel calm and distant from everything that gives you stress.
Finding the right time and place to meditate is not easy as snapping your fingers. You just can’t sit still and close your eyes and expect that meditation will instantly follow. Just like exercising, you have to “warm up” first before performing the main exercises.
Warming up for meditation involves simple breathing exercises that can tap into the prana or life force. Tapping the prana can either increase, decrease or focus your energy towards something, taking you to balanced state. When you are in a balanced state, it will be easier for you to begin meditating.
The Movement of Prana
Prana moves with your breath and mind – these include your mental images, thoughts, sensations and emotions. Keep in mind that the following variables work in a domino-like effect. For example, a change in emotions can also change the thoughts and mental images of a person. When your mind is relaxed, your emotions will also be relaxed.
By breathing exercises, you can unlock, guide and control the flow of prana which will help you to stabilize your mind and body for meditation.
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Awakening and Calming
Meditation will greatly help you when you want to awaken you senses or calm down your feelings of tension. The great thing about yoga and meditation is that it can either awaken you or calm you down. Yoga instructors can help you in choosing yoga positions that are suited for your needs.
Best of Both Worlds
If you want to feel alive, alert yet calm and serene inside, yoga and meditation can do that for you. Your energies will become focused, making you feel alert and energized. Consequently, your energy will make you feel calm and serene because you know that you can clearly focus on something that you want to do. Your mind will be uncluttered making you feel calm and relaxed.
Spend time to discover what state of energy you are currently in so that your yoga instructor can prepare routines that are suited to your needs.
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Haste Makes Waste
o not be in a hurry to be in a state of meditation because you will surely not get there if you are always in a hurry. The more you pressure yourself to be reach a meditative state, the lesser your chances are of actually reaching the meditative state.
If you want to give yourself a time to meditate, take things slow. Don’t be in a hurry because you might end up doing more harm than good. Allot ample time for yourself in a day, making sure that you will not have any distractions during that time.
Try to use breathing exercises with your hands to calm your nerves and receive positive energy from prana. This is a great way to clear your mind and calm you senses even while you are at work.
Finding an Object of Concentration
It is always easier to sit down and meditate when you focus yourself on one image or thought. Doing this will mute everything else that will distract you. Slow-motion movements may also help you in concentrating and reaching a point of meditation that will already allow prana to move through your body and give you a sense of relaxation and calmness.
You can also practice shifting your attention from large movements to small ones. This is the core practice of raja yoga, which focuses on meditation and concentration. These can release deep-seated tensions and negative emotions blocking your life force.
Introducing meditation into your yoga exercises will definitely make you feel lighter and less stressed. Practicing simple meditative exercises throughout the day will surely improve the quality of your life.