Today I will guide you through the different types of Yoga meditations for beginners.
I have spoken before in my previous blogs the most widely practiced meditation is Savasana, a lying down meditation, sometimes preformed before a class, and at the end of the class.
A meditation before a class can help improve concentration.
Meditation before a class can prepare your mind for the physical side of Yoga.
8 Limbs Of Yoga:
Yoga consists of 8 limbs or stages of a Yoga practice. Meditation sits at number 7.
The most practiced part of Yoga the Asana or (posture) is number 2 in the stages of Yoga.
I will make mention of stage 4 the Pranayama ( rhythmic control of The breath) as this is important in meditation.
The breath is always done through the nose, most important in meditation.
I do mention the proper way to breathe in most of my blogs the reason I do this because it is easy to forget to breathe properly.
Breath Awareness Meditation:
Breath awareness is a type of mindful meditation that promotes mindful breathing.
Yogi or Yogin begin to breathe slowly and deeply, counting their breaths or just focusing on their breaths.
The aim is to focus only on breathing and to shut out other thoughts that enter the mind.
As a type of mindfulness meditation, breath awareness offers many of the same benefits as mindfulness.
Results gained from this form of meditation include reduced anxiety, improved concentration, and greater emotional flexibility.
Importance Of Meditation:
I can not emphasize the importance of meditation for the well-being of one’s physical self.
I first started meditating when I was introduced to the body scan which was guided by the yoga teacher.
Starting at your feet you would scan any ailments, in the joints and breathe in to them, subconsciously releasing pain, working your way up to the crown of the head.
Body Scan Meditation:
The body scan meditation, is a meditation that teaches people to scan their bodies for areas of pain.
The goal is to notice aches and pain and to release it let it go.
During a body scan your teacher will guide you through all the parts of your body starting at the toes and finishing at the crown of the head.
Body scans can help to promote feelings of calmness and relaxation.
It may also help with chronic pain.
Because it slowly and steadily relaxes the body, some people use this form of meditation to help them sleep.
Constant practice of this meditation will result in you feeling refreshed.
Practice Of Meditation:
The practice of meditation allows us to go in search of some quiet time.
Meditation with consistent effort helps to reflect on life challenges, and to turn of the internal chatter.
It can be difficult to meditate at first, with regular practice you will get results.
Find a quiet place away from distractions.
Sit in a comfortable position with your spine and your head facing forward.
Meditation can be done in various positions, do what makes you feel comfortable.
Meditation Can Be Hard To Do:
I just meditated as I was doing this blog.
I was feeling a little distracted with what to write and it was not as easy as it had been to focus.
A Million different things going on in my mind, hard to get the idea of what to write.
A guided meditation is sometimes helpful just words or gentle music will be fine.
The app I use and it is free, is Insight Timer, I have no links to them I was just recommended by a Yoga teacher to listen to this while I meditated.
I am sure there are many apps you could find on Google play store.
I have found this one to the best meditation guidance for me.
To Meditate Or Not To Meditate:
The different types of meditations encourage a focus on awareness, slower breathing, and increased acceptance.
Research has proven that meditation can work very quickly.
Researchers in to meditation typically follow practitioners for weeks or months, not years.
Most meditation practitioners report an immediate improvement following a meditation session.
During meditation, it is common to feel less stressed, more accepting, and at greater peace. Over time and with practice, these feelings may continue outside of meditation sessions.
How Often To Meditate:
Try to increase the meditation over time.
Tips For Better Meditation:
An individual should not judge whether the meditation session is good or bad, right or wrong.
Instead, they should simply remain in that moment.
Meditation is a skill that takes time to master.
Some people feel frustrated and even angry when they first attempt to meditate.
Remaining present in the current moment can be challenging, as can focusing on a single mantra without getting distracted.
Whatever their immediate reaction, a person should persist with their mediation practice.
The best thing you can do is accept the thoughts that are running through your mind.
Meditation can help obtain better health and a happier life.
If a practioner sticks with it and is willing to try different methods, they will find a meditation style that suits them.
Yoga meditation is quite complex and if you over think it you can do the opposite of what it should be doing.
That is just empty out the mind and focus on the breath.
I will just finish off with some benefits here we go in no particular order.
Helps to alleviate nervous tension, migraine, insomnia, and chronic fatigue syndrome.
Relaxes the body and eases breathing.
Soothes the nervous system and brings peace of mind.
Enhances recovery from all long term or serious illnesses.
If you suffer from any of these ailments you would be wise to try to see if meditation is beneficial in any way possible for the long term health of your body and mind.
So in closing there are many types of meditation standing up sitting down even walking meditation.
Whatever works for you is the best meditation.
As you become better at Yoga.
You can then look in to it further.
To start with I suggest you take a Yoga class or even find a meditation class that is available available in your area.
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Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.