Meditation is the original practice of yoga. The purpose of yoga’s ethics, together with its physical and breathing practices, is to prepare us to sit for meditation.
The practical benefits of meditation include an ability to remain centred in varying circumstances, an increase in contentment, resilience, creativity, harmonious relationships and our felt connection with life in general. These benefits have a ripple effect by supporting a positive presence in the world.
Brain structures can change after only eight weeks of regular meditation practice. Harvard neuroscientists noted positive change in areas of the brain associated with learning, memory, emotional regulation, sense of self and perspective. See more here and here.
On another level, meditation can provide a means of knowing the self and unveiling a natural, direct connection with the spiritual, mystical or universal. Each individual discovers this spaciousness in their own way.
Given the busyness and stimulation of life today, the stillness and internal nature of meditation can initially be challenging. Progress is gradual, as we develop the skills to navigate this, befriend ourselves and gradually return to our true nature.
Carol began sitting for meditation 22 years ago. She shares simple meditation techniques from the yoga tradition whilst also having personal experience of modern mindfulness methods, including dyad or co-meditation and mindful self-compassion practices. She has a gentle approach, and the most appropriate method is discovered with the individual or group.
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Meditation as a standalone practice is not recommended in certain circumstances. If in doubt, please enquire here.
Photo: Cassy Paris (heart mudra meditation)
Into the Light – Foundations of Meditation
Are you keen to try meditation, but wonder how best to begin? Or perhaps you want to rekindle and strengthen your practice?
This accessible and inspiring audio course – with supporting Guidebook and reflections – will enable you to create a sustainable meditation practice; one that anchors you in your essential steadiness, light and wellbeing, through the natural twists and turns of life.
Meditation keeps your cup full, regardless of life’s circumstances. Especially in times of change, challenge or uncertainty, a deep connection to yourself – and to something greater of which we are all a part – is a lifeline, a solace and a pillar of strength. Meditation, the deepest practice of yoga, is the way.