You must have heard about yoga and maybe not so much about meditation. Good to know is that meditation is a part of yoga but can be done in many different ways. It’s impossible to compare yoga with meditation but meditation is needed in yoga. Let me explain to you the differences for beginner and experienced.
What is Yoga?
Just like almost everything from our history is kind of unsure where Yoga came from and if it’s true. But if we believe what is true then the origin of yoga comes from India around 2700 Before Common Era. Shiva was known as the first Yogi. The word ‘Yoga’ comes from the Sanskrit root meaning ‘to yoke’ or ‘to unite’ or ‘to union’. It wants us to come together.
Yoga gives you relaxation. Yoga is good for your mind and body. When we practice yoga we actually practice meditation as well.
What is meditation?
It is for many people hard to grasp what meditation really is and if it really works. This happens mainly because of:
- Because we have to less of understanding
- We easily give up after a few minutes
- Don’t know if it is the right mediation
To really be able to meditate we must understand where it comes from and what purpose it has. And again like almost everything from our history is kind of unsure where it came from and if it’s true. But what we do know now about meditation is that its origin came from India. Let’s say around 1500 years Before Common Era. After that, it got picked up by Taoism and Buddhism and they practiced meditation in different kinds of ways.
Reasons to meditate
Meditation is good for multiply reasons it is good for the mind and body. If we look at how Buddhism uses mediation, they see it as a tool to reach enlightenment. By using this powerful tool, they understood that they had a clear mind to better learn the teachings of Buddha. One of the most important teachings of Buddha is: For Every Human to Live with Peace. Also, with meditation, they would become less stressed which leaves more place to love. Less anxiety which leaves more place to be grateful. With meditation, they transformed their mind.
- Clearer mind
- Less stressed
- Less anxiety
- Less depression
- Less muscles stress
- More compassionate
- Increases grey matter
- Improves memory
- Improves focus and attention
- Ability to see from another perspective
One thing to keep in mind is that these benefits don’t come after one time of meditation. It takes time to really see the benefits just like everything else in life. I know too bad. Hopefully, it will be easier in the future. Also, not all the benefits happen for everyone and that’s ok. If you really want to improve let’s say to be more compassionate then you can do a meditation focused on compassion. Instead of mediation in general.
How to meditate
There are different ways to start meditating. The easiest way is to get help from an app like Balance. I really love this app because it gives all the basics but even if you have done meditation before they personalize a plan especially for you.
Tip: because of the corona pandemic you get a free membership for a year worth of $49.99. I mean I love that they give the opportunity to everyone well maybe not everyone because it’s only for iOS at the moment but it will come to the google play store. Thank you Balance <3.
Another way to start meditating is to do it by yourself the purpose of this meditation is to keep the mind as clear as possible. It is to empty your mind to enjoy the benefits of meditation. We all clean our house daily but why don’t we clean our minds daily? Mediation is your tool to clean your mind.
First make sure that you have a place where you don’t have distractions or noise.
After that you have to find a pose either sitting or laying down. Make sure before starting mediation that you are as comfortable as possible because when you meditate you want to hold the same pose without moving. When we go directly in to meditating before really feeling good in the position, what happens is that it will be harder to stay in the meditation.
Now when we are comfortable and in position, we can close our eyes and try to focus on one thing such as breathing or the feelings in our body. Because thinking about absolutely nothing is really hard at the beginning. Good to know is that when we think about breathing there is no space to think about something else because the mind can only think about one thing at a time.
If there are thoughts coming up make sure that you are not too hard on yourself. This is completely normal. You can either accept that the thoughts are there and let them go or visualize that you put them away. Another way is to give them a label. Or what helps for me is to say not now, I got time for you later.
Now it’s up to you how long you want to meditate. I would recommend with 5 minutes at the beginning once you feel comfortable go to 10 minutes and build it up to an hour. I know an hour of meditation sounds really a lot but it can give you the greatest benefits. Don’t look at it as something you must do but when it feels good, it does.
Please! Do not forget even if you only meditate 5 minutes be SUPER proud of yourself. Because if you plan to do it daily but you fail and start looking at the times you didn’t do it will discourage instead of giving you joy of the process. We all start somewhere and we are still humans sometimes we feel up and sometimes we feel down and that is TOTALLY FINE.
I remember when I tried meditation for the first time, my thoughts where everywhere. I got so bored that minute after minute I checked if the five minutes where over. Just to get it over with and go back to my ‘’normal’’ life. Doing the same things that I been doing the whole time. I couldn’t imagine that people were able to do this for hours.
How do yoga and meditation work together?
Now that we understand what yoga and meditation is, I can explain to you how meditation and yoga come together. Yoga and meditation come together in a yoga class. Depending on what kind of yoga class there are different ways of meditation. In the most popular yoga class, we take a few deep breaths to clear our minds. When we hold body positions, we try to do a short meditation. At the end of the class, we go into Savasana which means corps pose in yogi language. We do this for 5 or 10 minutes and this is a meditation for yourself to clear your mind.
Leave a comment if you have any questions!