In the Western world, yoga became popular as a system of physical exercise. Yoga in Indian traditions, however, is more than physical exercise, it has a meditative and spiritual core.
There is a broad variety of Yoga schools, practices, and goals in Hinduism and Buddhism.
Yoga has five principal meanings:
- Yoga, as a disciplined method for attaining a goal;
- Yoga, as techniques of controlling the body and the mind;
- Yoga, as a name of one of the schools or systems of philosophy (darśana);
- Yoga, in connection with other words, such as “hatha-, mantra-, and laya-,” referring to traditions specialising in particular techniques of yoga;
- Yoga, as the goal of Yoga practice.
MeditationDo you find yourself branching out from that one thought in a hundred different directions?Let the thoughts arise.Observe them and let them be, without delving into them. It’s like watching carspass by on the street.Meditation can relax your body and calm your mind, but only if you allow it. With practice, the explosion of thoughts will dissipate as you clear your mind and let go of the chaos.Regardless of the meditation techniques you choose, stick with it andyou’ll soon benefit both physically and mentally!
Mindfulness is the psychological process of bringing one’s attention to the external and internal experiences occurring in the present moment, which can be developed through the practice of meditation and other training.
As one practices regularly, it becomes easier to keep the attention focused on breathing. Eventually awareness of the breath can be extended into awareness of thoughts, feelings and actions.
When considering aspects such as sense of responsibility, authenticity, compassion, self-acceptance and character, mindfulness meditation contributes to a more coherent and healthy sense of self and identity. Research on how mindfulness meditation works suggests that it exerts its effects in components of attention regulation, body awareness and emotional regulation.
"Prana" is the vital energy that pervades the cosmos and sustains the nervous and cellular tissues of the body. “Ayama” is rhythm or flow.
Sit up straight. If you can’t sit in the lotus position (cross-legged), sit with your legs folded under you like the Japanese. Keep your spine straight
Breathe in. Inhale deeply through one nostril while you keep the other closed with your fingers.
Hold it. Hold your breath for 10 seconds.
Breathe out. Exhale the air through the other nostril, which you have kept closed with your finger, and then inhale again through that nostril.
Meditation & Mindfulness
How to Meditate
The Benefits of Meditation
What is meditation?
Meditation is not about concentrating, focusing, visualization or trying to stop your thoughts. It is about letting go and surrending to the inner silence. Meditation is not easy to master, but persevere and it may turn out to be the most rewarding thing you ever do. It takes practice to achieve a peaceful state of being, and there is no question that patience is a key component of our progress through meditation.
Beginning the day in a state of peace and silence makes the whole day go better. You will find it very easy to go into thoughtlessness and feel the vibrations if you get up early in the morning and meditate for 5 to 10 minutes. You will find most of your chakras will clear out in the morning meditation.
With the hectic pace and demands of modern life, many people feel stressed and over-worked. It often feels like there is just not enough time in the day to get everything done. Our stress and tiredness make us unhappy, impatient and frustrated. It can even affect our health. We are often so busy we feel there is no time to stop and meditate! But meditation actually gives you more time by making your mind calmer and more focused. A simple ten or fifteen minute breathing meditation as explained below can help you to overcome your stress and find some inner peace and balance.
Reflexion can also help us to understand our own mind. We can learn how to transform our mind from negative to positive, from disturbed to peaceful, from unhappy to happy. Overcoming negative minds and cultivating constructive thoughts is the purpose of the transforming meditations found in the Buddhist tradition. This is a profound spiritual practice you can enjoy throughout the day, not just while seated in meditation.
On this website you can learn the basics of Buddhist and some other types of meditation. A few books are mentioned that will help you to deepen your understanding if you wish to explore further. Anyone can benefit from the meditations given here, Buddhist or not. We hope that you find this website useful and that you learn to enjoy the inner peace that comes from self reflexion.