YOGA AND MEDITATION

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YOGA AND MEDITATION

 

What is this combination about?   Will it be of assistance on a daily basis?

Yoga is a great way to work on your flexibility and strength. Just about everyone can do it, too — it’s not just for people who can touch their toes or want to meditate.

Some types of yoga are about relaxation. In others, you move more. Most types focus on learning poses, called asanas. They also usually include attention to breathing.

Yoga poses called asanas work by stretching your muscles. They can help you move better and feel less stiff or tired.  At any level of yoga, you’ll probably start to notice benefits soon

Some styles of yoga, such as ashtanga and power yoga are very physical. Practicing one of these styles will help you improve muscle tone. But even less vigorous styles of yoga, such as Iyengar

or hatha, can provide strength and endurance benefits.

Continue reading below…

Many of the poses, such as downward dog, upward dog, and the plank pose, build upper-body strength. The standing poses, especially if you hold them for several long breaths, build strength in your hamstrings, quadriceps, and abs. Poses that strengthen the lower back include upward dog and the chair pose. When done right, nearly all poses build core strength in the deep abdominal muscles.

Most standing and sitting poses develop core strength, since you need your core muscles to support and maintain each pose.  Yoga also helps your body awareness. That helps you notice more quickly if you’re slouching or slumping, so you can adjust your posture.

Yoga usually involves paying attention to your breath, which can help you relax. It may also call for specific breathing techniques.  But yoga typically isn’t aerobic, like running or cycling, unless it’s an intense type of yoga or you’re doing it in a heated room.   You may feel less stressed and more relaxed after doing some yoga.  Some yoga styles use meditation techniques that help calm the mind. Focusing on your breathing during yoga can do that, too.

Yoga has long been known to lower blood pressure and slow the heart rate.  A slower heart rate can benefit people with high blood pressure or heart disease, and people who’ve had a stroke.  It has also been shown to aid in lowering cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and better immune system function.

Many wonder why it is necessary to meditate after practicing Yoga asanas /postures. One of the many benefits of practicing yoga asanas/ postures is the fact that it allows us to slip into meditation effortlessly. Meditation being one of the main aspects of Yoga, it’s essential that we sit for meditation after practicing Yoga asanas and pranayama; else it is like preparing our dinner but not eating it! In meditation one delves deep into the self. There are many kinds of meditations though they might seem different most of them are, in essence, the same.

Panchakosha Meditation – According to ancient Indian scriptures, we consist of five sheaths or koshas – body, breath, mind, intellect and finally bliss. In this meditation we are guided from the gross to the subtler aspects of our being, finally experiencing the joy and peace that’s inherent in everyone.

Hari Om Meditation – It is said that there are seven chakras/ centres of prana-flow (the flow of subtle life energy). In this meditation, we guide the prana to flow from one chakra to the other. Though very simple, the Hari Om meditation leads to a profound experience

The rest in meditation is deeper than the deepest sleep you can ever have.  When the mind becomes free from agitation, it is then calm as well as serene and at peace, meditation then happens.

The benefits of meditation and yoga are manifold.   It is an essential practice for mental hygiene.  A calm mind, good concentration, clarity of perception, improvement in communication, blossoming  of skills and talents, an unshakeable inner strength, healing, being able  to connect to an inner source of energy, relaxation, rejuvenation, and good luck are all natural results of regular meditation.  In the world today, where stress catches on faster than the eye can see or the mind can perceive, meditation is no more a luxury.  It has become a necessity.  To be unconditionally happy and to have peace of mind, we need to tap into the power of meditation.

Sahaj Samadhi Meditation –   is a mantra based meditation where a sound vibration (mantra) gives you deep relaxation and also keeps you alert.  It effortlessly allows the conscious mind to settle down.  And when the mind settles down, it lets go of all tension and stress and centers itself in the present moment.    Sahaj is a Sanskrit word that means natural or effortless. Samadhi is a deep, blissful, meditative state. Sahaj Samadhi meditation is a natural, effortless system of meditation.

Whether or not we realize it, we all have experienced a meditative state in moments of deep joy, or when completely engrossed in an activity, when just for a moment the mind becomes so light and at ease. While we have such moments, we are unable to repeat them at will. This technique teaches you how, and almost right away you feel relief from stress-related problems and it helps to deeply relax the mind and rejuvenates the system.

Regular practice of the technique can totally transform the quality of one’s life, by culturing the system to maintain the peace, energy and expanded awareness throughout the day. These meditation techniques combined with yoga practices can ensure good health and a calm mind.  Meditation also allows the conscious mind to settle deeply in the self, thus giving it rest.  Then when the mind settles down, it is able to let go of all tension, thus making one healthy and focused.   An excellent example is:  When a river is calm, its reflection is clearer. When the mind is calm, there is greater clarity in the field of expression. Our powers of observation, perception and expression improve. As a result we are able to communicate effectively and clearly.

In Sanskrit, a mantra is described as, “Manana trayate iti mantra.”   Mantra is that which saves you from repetitiveness. A repetitive thought is a worry. Mantras help to free you from worries.

Both yoga and meditation are great ways to increase one total health and mental well-being.  One of the benefits of yoga meditation relaxation is that you can increase total flexibility of your body.  The positions that are held during yoga and the meditation techniques that are used help you to relax and achieve better flexibility than ever before.

When used together, the benefits of yoga meditation relaxation can also help   de-stress the body.  Many times the body is uptight and stressed out from events of the day and everything that makes it difficult.   By practicing yoga and meditation, one finds that your stress level decreases as you relax by using these methods.  Yoga positions will gently stretch your body and thus allow your muscles to relax and meditation will allow you to get away from the pressures and problems in your life.     Some of the benefits of yoga meditation relaxation are physical in nature. And by practicing these techniques the entire health of your body will improve.   By continuing to use yoga and contemplation, one finds your blood pressure is lowered, there could be needed weight loss, strength and posture improves, there is a boost to your immune system and any amount of pain dealt with daily decreases.  It just takes a few minutes a day to experience the benefits of yoga meditation.  Some other benefits of yoga meditation could include psychological benefits.  You become more self-aware and satisfied with yourself, and are less likely to develop depress or other mental disorders and your mood is usually much better.  By using yoga meditation your attention span increases and you are better able to concentrate on things in your life.

Unfortunately there are those who think that yoga and meditation are two different things, but in reality the two actually go hand in hand.   Meditation is a core part of yoga and both work together flawlessly.  The benefits of yoga mediation relaxation are numerous and by using this winning combination it can aid in making a marked difference in your life.

YOGA AND MEDITATION

What is this combination about?   Will it be of assistance on a daily basis?

Yoga is a great way to work on your flexibility and strength. Just about everyone can do it, too — it’s not just for people who can touch their toes or want to meditate.

Some types of yoga are about relaxation. In others, you move more. Most types focus on learning poses, called asanas. They also usually include attention to breathing.

Yoga poses called asanas work by stretching your muscles. They can help you move better and feel less stiff or tired.  At any level of yoga, you’ll probably start to notice benefits soon

Some styles of yoga, such as ashtanga and power yoga are very physical. Practicing one of these styles will help you improve muscle tone. But even less vigorous styles of yoga, such as Iyengar or hatha, can provide strength and endurance benefits.

Continue reading below…

Many of the poses, such as downward dog, upward dog, and the plank pose, build upper-body strength. The standing poses, especially if you hold them for several long breaths, build strength in your hamstrings, quadriceps, and abs. Poses that strengthen the lower back include upward dog and the chair pose. When done right, nearly all poses build core strength in the deep abdominal muscles.

Most standing and sitting poses develop core strength, since you need your core muscles to support and maintain each pose.  Yoga also helps your body awareness. That helps you notice more quickly if you’re slouching or slumping, so you can adjust your posture.

Yoga usually involves paying attention to your breath, which can help you relax. It may also call for specific breathing techniques.  But yoga typically isn’t aerobic, like running or cycling, unless it’s an intense type of yoga or you’re doing it in a heated room.   You may feel less stressed and more relaxed after doing some yoga.  Some yoga styles use meditation techniques that help calm the mind. Focusing on your breathing during yoga can do that, too.

Yoga has long been known to lower blood pressure and slow the heart rate.  A slower heart rate can benefit people with high blood pressure or heart disease, and people who’ve had a stroke.  It has also been shown to aid in lowering cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and better immune system function.

Many wonder why it is necessary to meditate after practicing Yoga asanas /postures. One of the many benefits of practicing yoga asanas/ postures is the fact that it allows us to slip into meditation effortlessly. Meditation being one of the main aspects of Yoga, it’s essential that we sit for meditation after practicing Yoga asanas and pranayama; else it is like preparing our dinner but not eating it! In meditation one delves deep into the self. There are many kinds of meditations though they might seem different most of them are, in essence, the same.

Panchakosha Meditation – According to ancient Indian scriptures, we consist of five sheaths or koshas – body, breath, mind, intellect and finally bliss. In this meditation we are guided from the gross to the subtler aspects of our being, finally experiencing the joy and peace that’s inherent in everyone.

Hari Om Meditation – It is said that there are seven chakras/ centres of prana-flow (the flow of subtle life energy). In this meditation, we guide the prana to flow from one chakra to the other. Though very simple, the Hari Om meditation leads to a profound experience

The rest in meditation is deeper than the deepest sleep you can ever have.  When the mind becomes free from agitation, it is then calm as well as serene and at peace, meditation then happens.

The benefits of meditation and yoga are manifold.   It is an essential practice for mental hygiene.  A calm mind, good concentration, clarity of perception, improvement in communication, blossoming  of skills and talents, an unshakeable inner strength, healing, being able  to connect to an inner source of energy, relaxation, rejuvenation, and good luck are all natural results of regular meditation.  In the world today, where stress catches on faster than the eye can see or the mind can perceive, meditation is no more a luxury.  It has become a necessity.  To be unconditionally happy and to have peace of mind, we need to tap into the power of meditation.

Sahaj Samadhi Meditation –   is a mantra based meditation where a sound vibration (mantra) gives you deep relaxation and also keeps you alert.  It effortlessly allows the conscious mind to settle down.  And when the mind settles down, it lets go of all tension and stress and centers itself in the present moment.    Sahaj is a Sanskrit word that means natural or effortless. Samadhi is a deep, blissful, meditative state. Sahaj Samadhi meditation is a natural, effortless system of meditation.

Whether or not we realize it, we all have experienced a meditative state in moments of deep joy, or when completely engrossed in an activity, when just for a moment the mind becomes so light and at ease. While we have such moments, we are unable to repeat them at will. This technique teaches you how, and almost right away you feel relief from stress-related problems and it helps to deeply relax the mind and rejuvenates the system.

Regular practice of the technique can totally transform the quality of one’s life, by culturing the system to maintain the peace, energy and expanded awareness throughout the day. These meditation techniques combined with yoga practices can ensure good health and a calm mind.  Meditation also allows the conscious mind to settle deeply in the self, thus giving it rest.  Then when the mind settles down, it is able to let go of all tension, thus making one healthy and focused.   An excellent example is:  When a river is calm, its reflection is clearer. When the mind is calm, there is greater clarity in the field of expression. Our powers of observation, perception and expression improve. As a result we are able to communicate effectively and clearly.

In Sanskrit, a mantra is described as, “Manana trayate iti mantra.”   Mantra is that which saves you from repetitiveness. A repetitive thought is a worry. Mantras help to free you from worries.

Both yoga and meditation are great ways to increase one total health and mental well-being.  One of the benefits of yoga meditation relaxation is that you can increase total flexibility of your body.  The positions that are held during yoga and the meditation techniques that are used help you to relax and achieve better flexibility than ever before.

When used together, the benefits of yoga meditation relaxation can also help   de-stress the body.  Many times the body is uptight and stressed out from events of the day and everything that makes it difficult.   By practicing yoga and meditation, one finds that your stress level decreases as you relax by using these methods.  Yoga positions will gently stretch your body and thus allow your muscles to relax and meditation will allow you to get away from the pressures and problems in your life.     Some of the benefits of yoga meditation relaxation are physical in nature. And by practicing these techniques the entire health of your body will improve.   By continuing to use yoga and contemplation, one finds your blood pressure is lowered, there could be needed weight loss, strength and posture improves, there is a boost to your immune system and any amount of pain dealt with daily decreases.  It just takes a few minutes a day to experience the benefits of yoga meditation.  Some other benefits of yoga meditation could include psychological benefits.  You become more self-aware and satisfied with yourself, and are less likely to develop depress or other mental disorders and your mood is usually much better.  By using yoga meditation your attention span increases and you are better able to concentrate on things in your life.

Unfortunately there are those who think that yoga and meditation are two different things, but in reality the two actually go hand in hand.   Meditation is a core part of yoga and both work together flawlessly.  The benefits of yoga mediation relaxation are numerous and by using this winning combination it can aid in making a marked difference in your life.

Kathy Kiefer

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