Benefits Of Yoga and Meditation – What Is Meditation?
Ever wondered what are the benefits of Yoga and meditation? Meditation derives from the Latin words mederi and meditari, meaning to heal and to think. It is relaxation for the brain.
Meditation means awareness. Meditation takes its form in many ways, being aware of your breathing, lying in darkness listening to rain falling, sitting outdoors listening to the birds, in fact it can be anything that eases you, anything that does not distract your mind from the moment. Only when you are aware of the moment do you feel free, when the mind is distraction free you can find true inner peace.
Meditation is a way of life, it is not prayer.
Meditation has become popular in the modern world with a huge variety of people. Although there are many beneficial aspects in meditating, it still has to be properly understood.
In yoga, meditation is one of the 5 principles to a healthier being and can be truly attained by going through several stages; your personal state of mind, your posture and your breathing. What follows is relaxation and then your mind and body moves into the advanced stages of meditation. The advanced stages are deeper concentration, reflection, and total immersion. You don’t have to be able to perfect one of these stages in order to move on to the next, effectively meditation works using all of the stages integrated.
There are instructors who will concentrate on one stage rather than all, but whichever works for you, use it. If you want to learn more about meditation or the 5 principles of yoga, then you may be interested in “The sivinanda yoga training manual” from the Shiva yoga website shop. Click on the Yoga book link for more information. You may also be interested in taking a look at Corporate Yoga if you would like to take up Yoga in the workplace.