Meditation for me must be one of the hardest yet most rewarding parts of my yoga practice. Clearing the mind so you can completely reconnect with yourself is crucial for a healthy mind and this mindset creates the platform for a healthy body. So you realise how important meditation is, but how do you do it?
Find a comfy upright seat in a quiet space. Spine is straight, heart is open.
Start your meditation practice for 3-5 minutes pay attention to the sensation of each breath. It has been said the breath is like a natural door that connects ‘inside’ and ‘outside’. Paying attention to the breath is a great way to anchor yourself in the present moment.
There’s no need to regulate the breath – just let it be natural. If you are having difficulties settling, you can try counting the breath. On your outbreath, silently count “one”, then “two”, and up to “four”. Then return to “one”. Whenever you notice your thoughts, simply return to “one”. In this way, “one” is like coming home to the present moment.
The way to deal with strong emotions in meditation is to focus on the body feelings that accompany the emotion. For example, this could be the tight band of fear around the chest. Let go of the stories and refocus on your body. In this way you are honouring your emotions but not becoming entangled in your thoughts.
There is steadiness and calmness that comes from sitting in silence. In time outer and inner silence meet and you come to rest in the moment. So start including meditation each day in your practice, see it as strengthening your body through relaxing and centring your mind!
Come and meet her on the mat! Book a class at Main Beach Yoga Classes