Monday, March 25, 2013

different types of meditation techniques

Meditation is an important aspect of yoga that can strengthen the union of your mind, body and spirit.Meditation provides you with an opportunity to sit still, clear your mind of all thoughts and fully relax your body.The practice of meditation may also help you develop a sense of spiritual strength and peacefulness.Although meditation involves a spiritual element,yoga is not a religion.You should meditate every day, starting with 5 minute sessions and working up to 20 or 30 minutes.

Types of meditation techniques 

1- Preparing for Meditation

To help you stay focused as you meditate, you should create an environment that is quiet and free from distractions. Also, try to practice at the same time every day, which can help you make your meditation practice a habit.The position in which you sit is also important for helping you stay focused during your meditation practice. Sit cross-legged, always making sure your spine is upright and straight. You can either sit on the floor, on a straight-backed chair or on a meditation cushion. A meditation cushion is a pillow that is designed to help you sit straight and
comfortably as you meditate You can meditate with your eyes closed or open, whichever you find helps you stay focused. Just make sure that your eyes remain relaxed at all times.

2- Follow Your Breath

Focusing on your breath can help you meditate.If you find your mind wanders while meditating,
try to bring your attention back to your breath.It may also be helpful to use techniques that
remind you to follow your breath. For example,you can mentally say “inhale“ on each inhalation
and “exhale” on each exhalation. You could also count your breaths by mentally saying “inhale one,exhale two…“ and so on.

3- Use a Mantra

A mantra is a meditation technique in which you repeat a word, such as “love,“ “peace,“ or
“om“ as you meditate.You can either repeat the word aloud or silently in your mind.

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