I originally combined these two as there was an error with my email distribution however I think they work nicely together so thats how I am going to share them 🙂
Meditation is a practice where by we train our attention and awareness to achieve mental clarity. It is not a state of forced silence, it is a state of emotional stability and calm.
Firstly most classes tend to give you 5/10 minutes at the start to settle in, to regulate the breathe, to ask your self how your feeling / where and if you are holding any tension. Think of this as a self check up. You don’t need a studio setting though – take 5 minutes at lunch, before work or to decompress when you get home.
Secondly the practice itself – a moving meditation. You are being guided by a teacher who hopefully knows what they are doing so you don’t have to think too hard or process too much. You can just be in that calm meditative state.
Thirdly classes sometimes include a guided meditation, or sometimes even solely this and it is known as yoga Nidra. By guiding breathing techniques, using a script, offering positive affirmations your teacher will assist and support your relaxation. Note here it is perfectly acceptable to have a little snooze if you become so relaxed you drift off.
Yoga isn’t the only moving meditation. Head out for a walk, maybe don’t take your phone. Grab your trainers and go for a run, maybe don’t get your phone. You see where I am going. We are so dependent and exposed to technology that is half life changing, half… life changing. Work it out.