Meditation and Yoga

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Yoga is one of the five principles of yoga.  It is probably also the more ignored principle.  However, the benefits of meditation yoga should not be ignored.  Meditation is a key component of the journey toward a higher state of mental, emotional, and spiritual consciousness.

Yoga is a mental exercise and meditation is a key part of that exercise.  Meditation is simply training the mind to focus on one object or thing, whether it be a mantra, an image, or our breathing.  Training the mind to focus on that one object or thing is not as easy as it sounds.  The mind is prone to wander, easily getting distracted by anxieties, concerns, or random thoughts that just pop into our head.  When practicing meditation yoga, we recognize the distractions for what they are quickly refocus on our object or mantra.  With practice, a person can train their mind to become more focused, and will be able to concentrate for longer periods of time.

With yoga meditation there comes a sense of peace that accompanied the freedom of irrelevant distractions.  It brings us into the moment at hand, instead of wandering into the past or future.  We become keenly aware of our surrounding and of our own body.  In this way, meditation helps to reconcile our mind with our physical being.  This sense of self-awareness is part of the journey toward spiritual bliss

There are number of meditation yoga exercises to help improve focus.  For instance, vibrational meditation yoga is commonly thought of: picture the yogi sitting cross-legged while making the sound “Om.”  The repetition of this sound is the meditative focal point.  The vibration in particular sounds helps open the chest, which aids in pranayama, or breath work.

Meditation yoga beginners should look into simple Yoga Relaxation meditation, which is the act of simply sitting completely still, focusing on one thing or object while breathing deeply.  This takes practice and a room completely free of sound and distractions.  In life, there are fewer and fewer instances where a person takes time to revel in the silence and free the mind and body from the tension of the world.  Simple meditation teaches the mind to be calm.

Meditation yoga has many psychological and physiological benefits, the greatest being the release of stress and tension in the body.  Face the world with confidence, stabilize your blood pressure, and increase self-awareness through meditation yoga.

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