finding inner space: meditation & yoga
posted: November 16, 2010
Meditation combined with yoga can heal, awaken, and inspire you. Our ambassador Ingrid Yang from our La Jolla store writes about adding meditation to your yoga practice and tips on how to begin.
Find the peace within.
how to start meditating
- Commit yourself to 5 minutes a day for a week, adding on 5 minutes per week until you reach 20.
- Be patient with yourself. No one is able to run a marathon without training, and your brain is the most difficult part of your body to train.
- Start by sitting up straight.
- Some people like to have an icon to focus upon, with eyes closed or slightly open. Choose what works for you.
- Find a comfortable seat.
- While practicing, own it and commit to it.
- Fight the urge to get off your cushion or mat to check your phone or jot down ideas.
outward vs inward benefits
The outward benefits of yoga seem almost too obvious when we begin to practice: strength, focus, peace of mind, balance. If you’ve practiced, you’ve felt it too. But what about the inner benefits? The more you practice, the more you begin to discover other unexpected and invaluable benefits: such as the way in which we relate to ourselves.
Legs up the wall.
The term that my meditation teacher uses is “making friends with yourself”; the process of letting go of that voice inside that tells you that you have to be something different than what you are. You are already all that you need to be, and the ease that you build in a yoga practice will help you to realize just that.
Modified gentle inversion.
Yoga heals. I regularly teach Yoga for Cancer Recovery workshops and my students cannot sing enough praises about how yoga and meditation have healed their body, mind, and souls. For a cancer survivor, nothing feels better than to proactively participate in promoting his or her own good health.
meditation helps you achieve goals
In our modern lives, we are programmed to think that we will be happier if we do more and accomplish more. A meditation practice helps us achieve our goals by understanding that there is nothing we can do that will make us healthier or happier, than something we can pull from within ourselves.
Floating body rest.
There is nothing mystical or religious about this concept, which may seem unattainable at first. Our practice simply asks us to be ourselves. When we accept and make friends with our true selves, our goals become within reach because we truly understand our potential. The hard work of uncovering that true self is simply up to you.
Reclining cobblers pose.
This practice of yoga and meditation teaches us that there is no thought so brilliant that you must hold onto it. You’ll begin to forgive, let go, and create ease in both your body and mind. Teach yourself to let go in challenging situations, and find the best in yourself. Namaste.
Here is a photo guide to restorative and gentle yoga poses for more details about the poses pictured above.