Through continued yoga practice our bodies become healthier, stronger and lighter vehicles for our souls. Our minds quieten as we tune to our breath. We become present as we combine breath and movement. These are all tools to prepare us for Meditation, the essence of yoga. While I mainly teach Asana yoga, I always begin and end the class with mediation to encourage yoga students to be aware of meditation. Try to sit and be still even for a few moments a day. Tune into your breath and allow whatever happens to happen. Little by little we quieten the “Chitta Vriti” (the chatter of the mind). Little by little we strengthening the stillness of the mind. In time one will find inner peace, contentment and tranquility.
“In practicing meditation, we’re not trying to live up to some kind of ideal – quite the opposite. We’re just being with our experience, whatever it is.”
– Pema Chodron.
I came across this New York Times article. Scientists now have evidence that meditation can improve memory, sense of self, empathy, stress and more. Enjoy the read: