It’s no secret that I think meditation is an important, and awesome, part of a Yoga practice. I’m frequently asked some similar questions about meditation, so here’s a short list of frequently asked questions and my answers.
Why should I meditate?
Even when we are asleep our mind is not fully relaxed and at peace. Meditation allows us to fully rest our mind. As well as fully resting our mind (and maybe as a result of this) there are numerous benefits to be obtained from meditation. Some of them include:
- Confidence and self control
- Improved concentration
- Inner certainty
- Ability to focus and work efficiently
- Ability to let go of negative emotions such as anger and paranoia
- Greater enjoyment of the physical
- Better personal relationships
- Improved health
When should I meditate?
You can meditate whenever feels appropriate for you. An early morning practice may allow you to feel the benefits of meditation throughout your day. An evening practice, may allow you to feel the benefits of meditation while you sleep.
Where should I meditate?
You should find a place that is reasonably quiet, feels safe and where you are likely to be uninterrupted. It is usually best to meditate in a seated position. This can be on the floor or in a chair. If on the floor, you may want to sit on a bolster or cushion to lift your hips and help to keep your spine straight. If sitting in a chair, make sure that your back is straight and your feet are touching the floor. It is usually not recommended to meditate when lying down because it is too likely that you will fall asleep (at least that’s my experience 🙂 ).
For how long should I meditate?
To begin with, try to sit in meditation for 10 to 15 minutes a few times per week. After you feel comfortable with meditating feel free to increase the amount of time and frequency, if you wish.
Those are the questions that I’m asked most frequently, but maybe you have some others?