Things I Love About Yoga

Meditation

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I feel like meditation is sneaky in it’s own way. When I started yoga, it was purely to exercise and lose weight, I couldn’t care less about the spirituality or the meditation or the breathing aspects of yoga. As time passed by, I became very serious about yoga very quickly. It was a very natural progression for me to start experimenting with meditation. I feel like meditation is something that eventually happens to everyone who delves deeply into yoga. When you go back to the very roots of asana practice, it was all meant to open your body more to be able to sit and meditate for long periods of time. So even though asana practice has shifted very far from it’s original intention, it is still deeply rooted in that tradition, and maybe that’s the reason why so many people eventually feel drawn to try meditation out and use it as a daily practice. When I first started, I had a very busy mind, I was thinking about a hundred things at once, I had a hard time letting go of things, and I always ALWAYS was looking to the next “thing”. So you can imagine how savasana was my hardest pose, I was always itching to get out of that pose. Even when we had poses with long hold, I would distract myself by drinking water. I literally would go through a 750 ml bottle of water halfway through a one hour class. When I started teaching, I felt that I had to be speaking at all times or the students would get bored. Eventually, I found and began practicing meditation. At first it was not daily, it was once in awhile. Over time, I began to incorporate it more and more, my mind became more quiet, my practice became more focused, my teaching improved by a lot. I tend to do meditation every night before bed, I find it’s the PERFECT way to still my mind and have the best sleep possible. Many teachers advise to do it in the morning when you first wake up, but in my opinion, I think it varies from person to person. The idea of sitting and trying your hardest to just not think for a given period of time can sound very boring and quite difficult, so research different options. There are visualization methods, guided meditations, mantras, mudras, etc. There are SO many techniques and one day one technique may suite you and the next it may be another. I say if you’ve been curious, give it a go and see how you feel after! I’m so grateful that I found meditation through yoga, I think meditation can open minds and can literally change the world. In case you didn’t realize, I LOVE meditation!

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