Meditation / Nidra

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Teaching Meditation in a Yoga Class: Creating Time

When a Yoga practitioner connects with this pure unbounded awareness, the mental chatter in the mind stops and one’s consciousness is able to perceive the essential divine reality that flows through all of creation. Dropping into a state of pure, unbounded awareness is also very rejuvenating and replenishing for both the body and mind. If you are a Yoga teacher, briefly introducing your students to the history and depth of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, will open the door for your students to further explore the systematic practice of asanas and breathing exercises that leads to a state of calm equipoise, both on and off the mat.

Yogic Practices for the Wandering Mind

There are just so many things to distract our mind and thoughts and make us lose focus off things that really and truly matter in our lives. Also, apart from that, our mind has this tendency to wander, daydream, get lost in fantasy, fret about future, relive past moments of happiness, etc. Although these may not seem to be harmful enough at first, they actually are, because a wandering mind serves to disconnect us from our body, and therefore from the present moment. Yoga recognizes this problem and many of the yogic relaxation practices and techniques are therefore geared towards helping us retain focus, develop a trained mind and achieve a real communion with our body and our true inner self.

Yoga of the Heart: Sinking into Forgiveness

When you are ready to practice the Rose Meditation at the end of your Yoga practice, you may wish to put some warm socks on and to gather a Yoga bolster, blanket and an eye bag, if you are using these props. It is also a good idea to turn off your cell phone, if you are able to, so that you will not be disturbed. When you are ready, place your props appropriately and lie back in Shavasana. Take a few, deep breaths and place your right hand over your heart and your left hand on your abdomen, just below your belly button.