yoga meditation Meditation is one of the five principles of Yoga, it requires you to focus your mind’s energy at one point (a word, a sound, a symbol, an image or something else) to create a deep state of relaxation and tranquillity achieving a greater sense of purpose and strength of will; when done intensely, meditation also connects you with the “self”.

When we encounter a tense event, our bodies undergo a series of instinctive hormonal and biochemical changes; this involuntary stress-response puts our bodies in alarm mode, this reaction is helpful in true emergency circumstances, but when it’s activated on a recurrent basis it puts amazing negative effect on both mind and body. No one can stay away from stress, but you can discover how to control your tension and feel peaceful through meditation.

Meditation has a long history in Buddhism and Hinduism; while in Eastern it is still commonly used as a spiritual practice; in Western it is used as a potent stress reliever. Meditation is a word derived from the Latin word “meditatio” which formerly indicated every type of physical or intellectual exercise. Traditionally, the classical Yoga texts explain that to attain true states of meditation one must go through several stages, first concentration, then contemplation and then ultimately absorption.

When practiced habitually, meditation will reduce your everyday stress levels, improve your concentration, provide physical power, increase your self-awareness, fights diseases and make your life more peaceful and healthier; you gain a new insight of the world.

Meditation and meditative techniques have several health benefits, some are:
  • Lowers oxygen consumption.
  • Decreases respiratory rate.
  • Increases blood flow to the brain and slows the heart rate.
  • Increases exercise tolerance in heart patients.
  • Slows down your muscles and organs.
  • Reduces anxiety attacks.
  • Decreases muscle tension and headaches.
  • Increases serotonin production.
  • Helps in chronic diseases like allergies, arthritis, and more.
  • Helps to resolve the deepest of neuroses, fears and conflict.
Meditation has become very popular with all types of people; no matter your age or physical condition, anyone can do meditation. To give meditation a try, select a meditation method that fits your lifestyle and belief system. Many people choose to start and end their day with a session of meditation. Others choose to take meditation breaks throughout the day. Experiment and discover what works best for you. Make meditation a way of life.

As a example: set aside some time, then take a correct Yoga posture, relax the body, examine the thoughts that arise and pass through your mind, close your eyes, pay attention to the sounds filtering both within and around you, practice bare attention; notice your raw sensations of the present moment, connect your mind to your breath, choose a favourite Mantra and repeat it slowly and softly, gradually, you will feel peaceful. Keep trying.