Meditation is a practice of attention and contemplation that trains the mind to become more in tune with ourselves, other people, and our environment. When making space for a consistent meditation practice, we become more alert, capable, and happier in our daily lives. We develop a better understanding for how we feel and everything we experience. People also practice meditation for benefits like deeper sleep, emotion regulation, increased positivity, feeling calm, stress management, healing from trauma, or discovering their soul purpose. There are tremendous benefits for health within this practice by working through physical, mental, and emotional obstacles in our lives. With meditation we become more aware of what is happening inside and around us.
Depending on the style of meditation, the intent behind the meditation will differ. Some practices require focusing on the present moment through mindfulness, while others require us to recall memories, or imagine new ones. Some practices are seated in stillness while others encourage meditative movement.
Browse the styles of meditation included in Yoga By G for more information about which practices may work best for you!
is practicing willingness to be in the moment without attachment or judgement. Leave behind all that binds you and explore the present experience in everything you do through sensation, sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch.
is a moving meditation that cultivates awareness of motion. By using the the breath we tap into mindful anchors and become present with the experience of walking. It is easy to incorporate this practice into daily life and it has outstanding benefits.
uses the the repetition of words, affirmations, and aspirations to promote our dreams and desires. Our hopes and wishes come alive through the repetitive nature of this practice. Welcome the manifestation of your destiny with mantras!
LOVING-KINDNESS & COMPASSION
is the practice of cultivating love and compassion for yourself, other people, and all other beings. Through loving-kindness phrases of compassion we can cultivate feelings and emotions that are initiated by acts of kindness and compassion.
FORGIVENESS FROM THE HEART
is a practice of letting go of what no longer serves you. We can ease our emotional suffering by letting go of trauma that we may be holding onto. Here we offer forgiveness to ourselves and others, as in however much is possible to give, in this moment. Offering forgiveness for what was said or done that may have caused us to suffer.
THE FORMAL PRACTICE
The beauty of this practice is that the methods we learn can be accessed anywhere. You don't need any equipment, and all you need is your body and mind! When we learn the methods of mediation we can begin incorporating them into everyday life. First, we begin working with our conscious mind through a formal practice, which is the time we dedicate to practice mediation.
THE INFORMAL PRACTICE
After practicing formally for some time, we can begin our informal practice. Informally, we can use our awareness to turn daily activities into small meditations. Walking, brushing our teeth, eating, reading, writing, working and more can become a mindful experience by using methods that we learn during formal mediations. informal practice is so valuable! Especially for people who have busy schedules and find it hard to dedicate time for a formal practice. We can make conscious decisions to be more mindful and the repetitive nature of our decisions allows us to act more mindfully in our subconscious decisions. The methods we learn during meditation become transformative when we implement them into daily life. Learning how to use mindfulness to manage stress, gaining a better understanding of our bodies, being able to recognize all emotions, and offer the choice to change our relationship to stress and emotions. arriving in the moment and being present with everything we do can have an everlasting impact in our lives.