Yoga Meditation For Beginners

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:

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:

How to do the corpse pose

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.

Meditating on water

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.

Conclusion:

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.

I would love to hear your thoughts about this post or this site in general.

I will answer all the comments on my website personally so drop me a line below if you have any Yoga questions or comments.

I’m happy to help any way that I can.

copywrightNamaste Shane.

 

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.

14 thoughts on “Yoga Meditation For Beginners”

  1. These are all great ways to practice yoga and I think the most effective you have listed is breath awareness meditation and you can combine this with regular yoga where you hold long stretches in silence. Which type of yoga have you most benefitted from and how do you think it has?

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    • Thank You Jon for taking the time to read my article. 

      Breath meditation is a good way to focus the mind at that point in time.

      All types of Yoga i have benefited from over the years. 

      The main Yoga i have practiced is Hatha Yoga. Regards Shane.

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  2. Hi Shane, I read your post and it was very informative. I was a yogi back then but not anymore due to work stress and time constraints but I do practice yoga since I have some instruments at home. You want to go alone, that’s good. Restoring mental, emotional balance and stability back to a person might be one of the essentials for. Thanks for this post but I do have a question: how many times is it advisable in a week for a person to engage in their yoga training to be a yogi?

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    • Thank You for taking the time to read my article on meditation for beginners. 

      First thing you say is you were a Yogi but no more due to work stress and time constraints. 

      Meditating even for 5 minutes can have benefits.

      Yoga training does not just have to be the exercise part of it. 

      There is a lot more to it. 

      To be a Yogi is a life long journey. 

      Regards Shane.

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  3. Probably one of the best times is finishing yoga and laying in the corpse pose. The body scan and let go feeling is amazing. Once I get up from that, it is as though life is alright and the crazy world around me needs to simply do yoga together. ha! Thanks for the great post.

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    • This is the best part of Yoga for me the feeling of calmness. 

      Thank you for the comments and I am happy that you enjoy Yoga.

      Especially the meditating side of  Yoga. 

      Regards Shane.

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  4. Thanks for the excellent tips. I totally fail every time I try meditation. I’m even looking to start yoga because of chronic pain and my anxiety. I just haven’t done it! There’s always some excuse, I know. But I keep reading up on it and try to get motivated to try. You’ve got me curious about guided meditation so maybe I’ll give that a whirl! Thanks again! 

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    • Thank you for taking time to read my article. 

      I am happy you have got inspiration from it. 

      Yoga can help with some aches and pains i would check with a medical practioner before beginning a physical practice.

      Meditating does not take any physical effort, only mental which is safe to do. 

      Some pains can be assisted by meditating. 

      The mind is a powerful organ and hard to control.

      Meditation may assist you in feeling better.

      Regards Shane.

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  5. Hello,

    I have always been quite interested in yoga but never took the time to get into it, so I thought I’d do a little research on it. I definitely fall under beginner! Lol  I have never heard of the body scan meditation but I am very interested in it now. Is it something where you would have to take a specific class on that or would you want to ask the instructor of a regular class if they offer it? 

    I am always a little anxious about the thought of meditating because I have a very active mind. Your article was very assuring to me and I’ll try to remember your breathing tips! 

    Hannah

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    • Hello Hannah, Thank you for taking the time to read my article. 

      You can take a class under the guidance of a teacher or the many Apps available on the internet for free that may get you started. 

      Everybody has an active mind when it comes to meditating, it does take practice and even then the mind will wander. 

      Regards Shane.

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  6. Hi, Shane.  I enjoyed reading your post and it occurred to me, as I read, that I have done a similar meditation from time to time when having difficulty getting to sleep.  I guess I would call it relaxation meditation where I start with the toes and focus on relaxing the muscles, slowly working towards the head.  

    For the most part, it worked pretty well as, most times I never made it to my head before I fell asleep.  I had no Idea it was a form of Yoga Meditation and I don’t remember who suggested it to me.  You would probably call that a form of body scan meditation.

    I don’t do that as much but I think I will take it up again as my sleep patterns haven’t been that great as of late.

    You also mentioned the use of Body scan meditation for the purpose of “location ailments, in the joints and breathe into them, subconsciously releasing pain”.  This is interesting and I was wondering if it could work to relieve the condition of Tinnitus?  Any thoughts on that?

    I like the idea fo the calming effects of the meditations you describe.  Thanks again,

    Wayne

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    • Hello Wayne, 

      Thank You for your postive response to my meditating article. 

      Happy to hear you have had success with meditating.

      Body scan is best under guidance from a teacher but in saying that there is body scan meditations on the internet for free. 

      It does take some practice to learn to breath in to different parts of the body. 

      Ear ailments can be alleviated by doing [Viparita Karani] inverted lake pose which is putting your legs up the wall while laying on your back.

      You could meditate in this posture as it is stationary.

      Best to look pose up on internet to avoid injuring yourself. 

      It’s not realiy a hard pose to do, but one has to be careful with anything new. 

      Regards Shane.

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  7. Sometimes I think meditation is a simple task that anyone can do. After reading your article, I realize there are many things I have to learn to have a successful meditation and also that there are different methods for different purposes. I wonder if you can hear the music you like while meditating or if there is special music you need to hear. 

    Overall, a really good article, I will practice a little bit to improve my meditation with your tips.

    Thank you very much for sharing. 

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    • Hello Andres,

      Thank You for your questions on meditating. 

      There are many types of meditating. 

      The best meditation is what works for you. 

      Keep it simple to start with.

      Any one can meditate, It is hard to focus the mind when meditating. 

      Most people struggle to turn off the internal chatter going through one’s mind. 

      Soothing music is a excellent way to do Yoga, or a guided meditaion from the internet apps availabe for free, also can help you focus. 

      Regards, Shane.

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