yoga instructor certificationBy Jenny Park

In order to teach yoga meditation, it’s important to know exactly what it is and why it is so beneficial to yoga practice. Of course there are those who teach just meditation or asana, but the two compliment one another in a way that once you’ve combined them you may wonder why you never did before. Meditation is known as the reflection and consideration of your life and all it encompasses. Many will mediate on something in particular, such as a an object or a function like breathing. It is said to lead to the divine connection of each and every living thing in the universe. During meditation the mind becomes balanced, quiet, and relaxed as the whole body and mind rejuvenate  in this state. Many feel it is the way to reach a state of pure consciousness.


Ways to Practice

One will normally sit, or lie down and focus on a visual or object in their mind with their eyes opened or closed. Common items are objects or a candle. With eyes closed it could be a person or state of being, or even a serene setting. Use visualization to see what has meaning to you, specifically. You will observe your own steady breaths and body sensations. In addition to sitting and lying poses, many prefer to walk or stand in meditation. Walking is a free movement but is done with slow and deliberate steps. There is no destination in mind, and should be done in a meaningful setting. Standing should be done with feet shoulder-width apart and all joints softened. Open the chest for steady breathing and if eyes are left open they should be relaxed. The main consideration of body position is to listen to your inner being as to what one is best for you. Paul often advises that the spine should be straight for meditation. You may also try out different asanas to see what suits you best.

Depending on the yoga teacher, you might begin with mantra, or japa. It is great if you can experience both because some prefer one method over the other. A mantra is like the recitation of a sacred set of syllables, and japa tends to be longer and focuses on pitch. However, some people strongly object to mantra meditation. Therefore, you should consult with the yoga school to understand the guidelines. Not every school is a good fit for every teacher or student.


Benefits of Meditation

Since ancient times meditation has proved to benefit us in many ways. In all forms of yoga training, there are both mental and physical improvements that take place within those that practice regularly. We become more aware, alert and have a better overall lifestyle as we connect fully with the world around us.

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