Though many yogis may not be very approving of taking a nap during a yoga session, especially our favourite asana, shavasana. However, many even believe that yoga must have taken the practitioner in a headspace wherein no thoughts nor worries of the world is bothering them and they are at peace. Nevertheless, meditation is focusing the mind on one particular thing. It can be a thought, a view, an object, a sound or anything which the practitioner can focus on. While practicing yoga, people suggest focusing on the breathing.
During the olden times, the teachers would not encourage sleeping while meditation, however, nowadays, meditation is practiced to bring calm and peace to the mind as getting a good night’s sleep is getting more and more difficult with each passing day. People are always stressed out and it is very important to find peace and the brains a rest and getting an 8-hours-sleep is like a beautiful dream which seems impossible to realize. This is where meditation comes to the rescue. For meditating, it is extremely important to be comfortable. Wear comfortable clothes, choose a cozy spot and let your mind relax, so, when you feel calm, you can simply go to sleep.
There is one simple technique of meditation called “body scan”. It is a very easy process which helps in eliminating all distractions very quickly and calms the mind. Begin with the toes, focusing all the attention on them. Think about how they feel on the body, what they weigh and try picturing them in your mind. Advance to the ankles, calf, gradually making your way to the mind. One can even start with the head and move down from there.
The other technique of meditating is visualising colours. This technique is a way of imagining and exploring each hue of the rainbow. While one imagines the rainbow, they describe and visualize every colour and things that are associated with those colours. This process, hence, uses a lot of imagination and also enhances it.
However, initially, as one starts meditating, they may need something to guide them through it. This is where the online resources and Mindfulness apps come in very handy. We are suggesting a few here:
There is also another very important concept, one must disconnect themselves from the outside world. You must leave your phone and other gadgets aside for a while before you sleep. Meditation will help, but using the screens will make it as it was. Hence, leave everything aside and go to sleep.
We at Kedar Yoga, focus very much of different meditation techniques so students can understand what works the best for them. We also provide 200-Hour YTTC course at extreamely affordable rates in a resort. 🙂