Over the last 5 months I have been unable to practice physical yoga, one thing I have been able to do though is meditate. Meditation is an integral part of yoga practice and some say meditation is yoga.
Meditation has brought me peace during my recovery and allowed me to relax even when in pain. It is hugely beneficial, especially if you are an anxious person like me and find it difficult to ‘switch off’.
I thought I’d share with you my approach to meditation, I usually practice every day when the house is quiet for around 15 minutes, I always feel better when I do, I sleep better and my mind is clearer.
Here’s my step-by-step approach to meditation:
- Find a comfortable, quiet place to sit or lie down. Remember the point is to relax and focus your mind, so if you can stay awake the more beneficial the session will be, at the end you should be relaxed but also refreshed.
- Close your eyes and start to focus on your breathing, take a couple of slow, deep breaths.
- Start to focus and slowly relax your face, your lips, between your eyebrows, jaw, tongue and cheeks, then slowly move down your body focusing and relaxing every part of your body from your shoulder blades to your groin and finally to your feet.
- Then focus on the sounds around you start outside the house and work your way inside, try and focus on each noise for a little while.
- Allow the thoughts to come and go, don’t be disheartened if you feel like too many thoughts are distracting you, meditation takes practice, over time it will get easier. If you only have 15 minutes to spare, set a soft, relaxing alarm on your phone to gently remind you it’s time to finish your session.
Yours in health,