settle the mind into silence
While yoga poses are very good for you, they’re actually not the main purpose of doing yoga. In fact, the most profound and transformative yoga techniques have little to do with the body or the physical senses.
Patanjali, the great Indian sage credited with authoring one of yoga’s definitive texts, once observed, “Yoga is the settling of the mind into silence.”
This is where meditation comes in. Using different visualization and concentration exercises, mediation trains the mind to be more calm, clear, focused, and disciplined. When our mind isn’t easily distracted, It’s easier tap into our inner senses of perception.
Meditation heightens our awareness of the reality around us. It also encourages us to ponder the vastness of the Universe, as well as our place in it.
Before engaging in meditation, it’s a good idea to prepare and purify the body by doing a few breathing exercises and engaging in some form of physical movement. This has the added benefit of making the mind more receptive.
Almost every class offered at Living Yoga has a mindful component, when students sit quietly and observe their thoughts. The yoga poses themselves can be done as an offering too — elevating the asana practice into a form of moving meditation.
Living Yoga also offers classes focused on meditation techniques. Yoga Nidra is a form of meditation done lying down, for example. Our Sunrise Sadhana class is an early morning practice that combines gentle yoga with various breathing and meditation exercises. Finally, we offer a free 30 minute meditation class called Journey to Inner Peace.
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