Yoga is an art form that brings many benefits to your life. For centuries, yoga has enriched mind and body health through different techniques. One of those techniques is meditation. Using meditation in yoga will enhance your practice and increase the benefits to your body and spirit.
Why Use Meditation Techniques In Yoga?
Meditation is really an exercise in training your mind. Think of meditation like a fitness program for your body and your mind. Yoga also energizes the body and mind and when you add meditation you get extra benefits.
There are several ways you can use meditation techniques in your yoga practice. Here are the most common and simple steps to get you started.
1. Create the Right Atmosphere
Both yoga and meditation promote a sense of inner calm. In order to achieve that sense of calm, you need to create an atmosphere for meditation. The first step is picking the quietest place you can. Don’t pick a space that’s cluttered or noisy. If you’re taking a yoga class, this atmosphere is usually set for you.
Make sure your space is free from any distractions including technology. The goal is to create a focus on your sense of center. Wear comfortable clothing that won’t make you feel too hot or cold.
2. Release The Tension
Some people may not think about releasing tension before you begin meditation. However, it’s hard to focus when your muscles are tense. You can avoid this issue by doing some light stretching before you begin your practice.
Try some side twists or gentle side-to-side head rolls. You can also do a few other exercises including:
- Rolling your eyebrows
- Gently pulling your ears
- Lightly massaging your eyebrows
- Rubbing your temples
These simple exercises will slowly release enough tension for you to begin your session.
3. Use Deep Breathing
Anyone who practices yoga knows that breathing is essential to reaping all the benefits. Deep breathing is the first step to prepare your mind and body for meditation as well. When you begin with deep breathing, you also focus on connecting the mind and body.
Deep breathing is also called Ujjayi breathing which is soft and long. It creates a calm center but also gives you energy. Focus on your core while you slowly inhale and exhale. This method prepares your body and mind and clears out mental tension too.
4. Reflect How You Feel
You can this technique all throughout your yoga practice. Before you start, check in with your breathing and reflect how your body feels. As you breathe in an upright position, check your awareness of each body part. Do you feel tension or pain? Are there any thoughts or feelings you need to let go of?
As you meditate throughout your practice you can train your mind and body to focus on your strengths and weaknesses. This will help you become aware of how each yoga position makes you feel.
5. Don’t Skip Savasana Pose
Savasana pose is one of the most cherished poses. It signals the mind that your daily practice is almost complete and allow the body to rest from the work you just did. It also sets the tone for the rest of your day.
This pose is a great time for purposeful meditation along with resting your body. During this Savasana, allow your mind to do what it will. If your mind strays, that’s okay! That means you’re completely aware of your mind and body and meditation is serving its purpose.
If you’re looking for extra ways to enhance your yoga practice, try these simple meditation techniques to get you started.