When you think of doing yoga, your first association might be with the physical practice: moving through the yoga poses and practising yoga breathing. But meditation‘the act of focusing your mind’is also part of a well-rounded yoga experience. Learning to meditate in yoga involves more than sitting still for a few moments each day. The reason? Your mind might still be sifting through a barrage of thoughts and worries. ‘Yoga meditation is about quieting a busy mind,’
A typical yoga class begins with breath awareness, followed by a warm up. A series of postures is introduced to develop strength and flexibility, including standing, floor and chair work. Sometimes pranayama (advanced breathing techniques) or meditation will also be introduced. Each class ends with led relaxation.
Meditating is not about achieving a blank mind, it’s more about resisting the temptation to react to the thoughts that do pop into your head.