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.
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.
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.
If stress leads to aging, then a mind filled with stress may age more quickly. As we've probably experienced for ourselves, our aging mind seems to stop remembering names, dates, where we put our keys or that we meant to drop by the grocery store on the way home.
Since children have a shorter attention span than adults, Yoga teachers can incorporate music, songs and games to help children see yoga as a fun activity while engaging in different poses (asanas) that will give them an overall sense of well-being. Yoga can teach children the importance of positive social behavior, such as teamwork and compassion because Yogic methods and philosophy work systematically toward creating happier and healthier children.
In addition to limited research on the benefits of Yoga, scientists have studied the effects of other techniques, such as meditation and biofeedback, on heart rate variability. Some studies show that an action as simple as placing our hand on our heart and feeling a state of gratitude can aid in stabilizing the autonomic nervous system and regulating the heart beat.
Typically, Yoga is a well-known form of exercise that is excellent for increasing strength and loosening tight muscles. With other workouts and strength training exercises, it supposedly works well for shaping the body.
Yoga is meditation. Whether it’s fast or slow, hot or cold; all forms of yogic methodology rely on the principles of meditation to exist. It’s true that yoga is a form of exercise as well, but yogic exercise is exercise at its most evolved level, which means that yogic exercise itself is a form of meditation.
Before the classic asanas (yogic postures), yoga relies on breath control (pranayama) to still the mind. By observing and controlling their breathing yoga practitioners learn to carefully examine their thoughts and the world around them.
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.