Many of our yoga students are interested in both yoga and meditation. These are practices that often go hand in hand, and for many they are an inseparable couple. In this blog post, we want to share a few thoughts on what meditation is and how we can benefit from having a regular meditation practice.
There are multiple different types of meditation and ways to practice. Some common elements are:
If you’re familiar with yoga, you might find all these elements existing in your yoga practice too. This is why it’s sometimes difficult to draw a line where yoga ends and meditation begins, and vice versa. To us, these practices can happily co-exist and intertwine. Meditation can be part of our yoga practice.
Just like regular yoga practice, meditation offers great health benefits when practised regularly. Research around mediation and mindfulness practices is still quite young but the current findings are promising.
Research studies suggest that:
Interestingly, some studies show that with practice we can induce trait-like changes, meaning that we’re creating positive, long-lasting changes in who we are and how we behave through meditation.
It is, of course, important to remember that we’re all different individuals and not all forms of meditation suit everyone. If you don’t find comfort in seated meditation, maybe you can get the same benefits from your yoga practice – a moving meditation!
We close with an old Zen saying;
“You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes every day — unless you’re too busy. Then you should sit for an hour.”
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