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what is meditation

March 26, 2015

Meditating is not strange at all: it is a universal experience and sometimes we do it without realizing it. For example, when we are busy in an activity that we really like and we feel so happy and focused that we do not realize how time passes.

meditation what is

MEDITATION AND YOGA Meditation techniques help focus the mind and quiet that internal chatter that drains our energy and creates stress. In the yogic tradition, meditation is a practice to connect with universal consciousness. The asanas or postures are designed so that we can meditate more comfortably: with the body immobile and the spine erect, breathing consciously and with the mind concentrated. In this way, the subtle energy or prana flows more easily through the energy channels or nadis and we gain physical and emotional health.

MEDITATION AND PHYSICAL HEALTH Regular meditation helps reduce the negative effects of prolonged stress and can protect us from:

  • muscle tensions
  • headaches
  • lack of concentration and confused thinking
  • insomnia
  • respiratory problems
  • physical fatigue, etc.

MEDITATION AND HAPPINESS Practicing meditation makes us more aware of ourselves and how we relate to our surroundings. Therefore, meditating regularly allows us to transform our quality of life, since we achieve a deeper understanding of our reality. From this understanding, we can respond wisely to the situations that come our way on a day-to-day basis.

TO EXPERIENCE WHAT MEDITATION IS To experience what meditation is, try this short and simple practice for 5 minutes:

* Sit on the floor on a cushion or meditation zafu with crossed legs. If this makes you uncomfortable, sit in a chair with your back straight and your feet flat on the floor.
* Try not to move: every time your body moves, your mind moves.
* Breathe slowly and deeply to ensure that your brain receives a generous amount of oxygen. * Close your eyes and bring your full attention to the breath, without trying to control it, just observing it. * With each inhalation, imagine that you are filled with life and light. * With each exhalation, imagine releasing trapped emotions and impurities.
If you want to know more about this ancient technique, we recommend the following books that you can order from us soon from the YogaYe.com page or NOW directly in our Yoga physical store in Barcelona.
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