We often think of Yoga and meditation as two separate things, but what would happen if we could combine these two practices together into one centralized practice instead? The result would be Yoga Meditation.
By definition, it is the practice of being able to observe, understand, and integrate our individual consciousness with the world that surrounds each one of us. In doing so, the result is a deeper connection to the energy that flows in and through every component of existence.
Yoga and Meditation Are Not Separate Entities
In modern times, we have separated the practice of Yoga from meditation and then simplified it. We have turned it into an art form of stretching and positions that are performed at home or in trendy studios.
There’s nothing wrong with this practice, of course, and there are numerous health benefits that come from the art of modern Yoga. This simple version of the ancient science of perfection just scratches the surface of what it could be.
The same is true with meditation. Many are encouraged every day to separate specific components of their consciousness and then analyze them for greater information.
Unfortunately that practice is like taking a baked cookie and trying to turn it back into the core ingredients that made it become the delicious final product it is. You can’t turn a baked cookie back into flour, baking powder, and salt.
You also can’t separate the facets of your consciousness and subconscious and expect to modify them. Yoga meditation takes the person as a whole instead of the individual features that make up the person.
Yoga Means “To Join” in Perfection
Can a life be enhanced by emphasizing certain traits? It certainly can.
By emphasizing loving kindness, relationships can be deepened and more love can be experienced every day. By emphasizing forgiveness, we can allow ourselves to let go of the grudges and stress that come when people harm us either purposely or on accident.
Yoga meditation says that instead of emphasizing just one aspect of life, try seeking perfection out in all aspects of life.
That’s because Yoga, by definition, means “to join.” You are bringing all components of your life together to be an influential being in the aspects of life through Yoga.
If you separate specific components out of this complete life, even with the best of intentions in mind to improve on those components, you are left as an incomplete soul.
If thoughts of the practice of trying Yoga mediation for the first time have you worried, it is important to recognize this anxiety as something natural that comes with the thoughts of trying something new.
The good news is that there aren’t specific rules that you must follow to practice this form of meditation. There is just the perfect path that works for you.
Yoga Meditation Focuses on Individual Perfection
You will find several pieces of advice about the proper forms to take while meditating and which energy centers you should focus upon as you meditate. Any method is worth trying to discover how comfortable you may be with them, but there isn’t just one “correct” way to do Yoga meditation.
There is the path that leads you toward personal perfection that you alone must travel.
If you want to try Yoga meditation for the first time, then here are some of the things you’ll want to be able to do in generic terms.
- Find a comfortable position. You can assume a natural Yoga pose, sit on your couch, or even lay down in bed if you prefer. Get into a comfortable position where the comfort won’t distract you from the communication that needs to take place between your consciousness and you subconsciousness.
- Focus on the internal instead of the external. The goal is to block out the external world so that you can have tunnel vision on your internal needs. Many people like to start with the energy centers at the base of their spine and then work their way up with their internal focus. Follow a path that works best for you.
- Acknowledge your energy. When you acknowledge your centers of energy, what you are effectively doing is giving it exercise. As with any exercise, the more you work at it, the stronger you become. You will find the energy centers tend to be strongest near the front of your chest or above the crown of your head.
- Don’t allow fatigue to set in. If you can only meditate this way for 5 minutes to begin before you lose your internal focus, then you’ve still accomplished something. There is no set period of time that you must follow.
Are You Ready To Pursue Personal Perfection?
Personal perfection doesn’t mean that you won’t make any mistakes or poor choices for the remainder of your life. It means that you’ll be able to respond appropriately to those mistakes, be willing to actively forgive yourself, and take steps to be able to move on.
Yoga meditation will help you do this because it will allow you to get to know your core soul in an intimate way.
The key to having a successful Yoga meditation experience is to proceed slowly and methodically. It is so tempting to rush through the process because there are so many worries that demand everyone’s attention today.
In these 5 minutes [or less] that you are able to dedicate to your first meditation sessions, however, you may just find that these perfect moments that can be found on this journey can seem to make time stand still.
Five minutes of Yoga meditation often feels like hours have passed. Each moment is examined to its fullest, the perfection enjoyed, and the energy that flows through all things acknowledged.
If you are looking for a new way to begin exploring the world around you or are finding that traditional meditation techniques aren’t getting the job done for you, then give Yoga meditation an honest evaluation.
There is a good chance that you will start learning new things about yourself that will both amaze and surprise you.
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