Meditation is one of the Five principles of Yoga. Meditation is a practice that facilitates the ability to be more aware and observant of the present. The diverse meditation techniques and methods have a common theme- controlling the mind, relaxing the body, and bringing a state of calmness and mental clarity.
Meditation follows three basic concepts:
1. Withdrawing from the distractions of the senses and bringing the mind to a place of concentration. Focus is directed onto one element like the repetition of breathing, the repetition of a word, the connection with a bodily sensation, or an image or single thought.
2. Meditation is done without judgment and conclusions are not drawn from irrelevant thoughts. Wandering thoughts are placed in the background without struggle. Meditation does not mean to suppress outside thoughts, but rather to keep these thoughts from taking you away from the present.
3. During meditation, you remain aware of sensations, distractions, surroundings, and irrelevant thoughts, but discovering that they do not agitate or bring on stress. You meditate to develop the ability to exist in the moment with contentment and acceptance.
Meditation is applied in the yoga practice to allow observation of the mind and bring heightened awareness to the Self. The discovery of the Self and revelation your oneness with the universe is through stilling the mind with an uninterrupted flow of concentration. With a dedicated, regular practice, the deep connection with the Self and universe leads to Samadhi, the ultimate goal of the Eight Limbs of Yoga (Raja Yoga). Samadhi is the state of enlightenment where complete peace and contentment are achieved, awareness to pure truth and knowledge are attained.
Kreg Weiss is a co-founder of My Yoga Online and certified Hatha Yoga Teacher. Several years ago, Kreg discovered yoga while teaching health and fitness. Yoga dramatically transformed Kreg's approach to teaching health and wellness as well as changed his personal life bringing new direction in finding physical, mental, and spiritual growth.