Meditation 101

 

The whole concept of meditation is being swept up into such a huge hype right now. Celebrities, athletes and probably some of your friends are all talking about it. You’ve probably heard a lot about it but maybe you’re still a little bit skeptical of the whole thing. You’ve got some questions but don’t worry, I’ve got your answers.

What is Meditation?

Meditation can be different things to different people. Generally speaking it is quieting the overactive mind and allowing clarity to come through. For some people that means they can stop stressing, think clearly, relax, connect to their higher self, or even just enjoy the moment more.

 

How to Meditate

There are multiple ways to meditate and what works for one person might not work for the next. If you are brand new to meditation, you might want to start out by just paying closer attention to the activities you like to do.

For example, if you love to garden you might want to try absorbing all of the different feelings, smells, colors, sounds, etc as you plant each bulb or prune each branch. Another example is to really focus your attention on your breath if you enjoy doing physical activities (like yoga).

Even in the world of more traditional meditation there are many varieties. There are meditations where people focus on something specific, chant certain lines, walk in circles or through specific routes and more. Don’t feel like you have to stick to one kind of meditation or think that one kind of meditation is better than the others. Meditation is a very personalized experience.

Benefits of Meditation

The benefits of meditation can be huge! Again, everyone’s experience varies greatly but here is a list of some “typical” benefits you might expect from starting a meditation practice.

Improved ability to focus. When you learn to focus on meditation you might find it easier to focus on daily tasks as well.

Improved clarity. By taking the time to silence the overactive mind you might find the deeper underlying truth behind certain thoughts and actions.

General happiness. A lot of meditations are centered around the concept of being present and enjoying the moments in life for what they really are. That approach to life has lead many people to find deeper and more profound happiness in their lives.

Self-learning. With the improved clarity you will have opportunities to dive even deeper into your truth and learn things about yourself you could not have even imagined before.

 

What to do if it Doesn’t Work

If you have tried meditation and it didn’t work for you there are a few things you can do.

First off, you can try a different style of meditation. If it isn’t working then it might not be the right type of meditation for you. If it still doesn’t work then you could simply try again. It takes practice and you really should not put the pressure on yourself to make it work the first time.

Lastly, you can stop trying for a little while. Sometimes all you need is a break and if you keep it tucked away in the back of your mind then the opportunity might just present itself to you one day out of the blue. You might notice how pretty a piece of dust is one day while you’re stuck in traffic and you’ll be pulled into the present moment. It will be beautiful and well worth the wait.

 

How Often Should I Practice Yoga?

How often you practice yoga will completely depend on what you want to achieve from it and whether you are a beginner or looking to move your practice to the next level. My yoga goals are to learn to relax and focus on mental strength, along with working on my core and arm strength. I looked up how often I should be practicing yoga a week to achieve these things and found that its recommended to have a short daily practice to gain the mental strength, but for my physical goals I just need a longer practice 2-3 times a week. How many times you should practice yoga weekly will depend on if you are a beginner or more experienced, along with a variety of other considerations.

If you are a beginner it might be best to do a short practice each day to keep you in the habit and get your body used to the poses, while also doing a longer practice in a classroom 2 or 3 times a week. I know when I first started practicing yoga that my body really had to get used to doing some of the poses. You can get into something that looks sort of like downward facing dog, but you must learn how to really pay attention to what each part of your body is doing during a pose. Are you lifting your hips? Are you pushing your heels towards the ground? Are your arms by your ears? There’s so much to think about for each pose so it’s important to take some time each day to practice on your own, but also be in a classroom where they can help guide you.

If you are someone who has practiced yoga for a while and want to take your practice to the next level by trying more advanced poses, you may want to extend your daily practice. This will give you time to build on what you already know and really get mentally prepared for more physically and mentally challenging poses. I’ve been practicing yoga for a while but still haven’t mastered crow pose. This summer I’ve decided to get good at it by adding a crow pose practice at the end of each of my workouts. It seems silly that at this point I haven’t mastered crow pose but I’ve always been a little afraid of inversion poses so I’d like to overcome this starting with crow pose!

Honestly, how often or how long you practice yoga is completely up to you and what you want to achieve. Count it as a success any time you go to your mat. Life is crazy and unpredictable so if you are making an effort and remembering to take care of yourself, that’s what counts. I’d encourage you to think about what you want out of yoga and how you can achieve what that is. Even if that means merely attempting a simple sun salutation or a quick 10-minute morning practice. Good luck on your journey! 🙂

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