Benefits of Yoga Meditation
Benefits of Yoga Meditation are everywhere. People living better quality of lives. Less drama. Less stress. Less selfishness. There is a wealth of knowledge available and discussion groups led by various philosophers espousing particular methods of Mediation. The ‘right’ environment, physical position, appropriate breathing, and various visualization techniques.
However always remember the wise words of the Sage – “Someone who is talking about Meditating, is someone who is not meditating”.
The name of the Sage escapes me but the simplicity reverberates and resonates and I pass it on to help remind us all that just by ‘doing it’- Rightly -Wrongly, but just doing it, practicing it, having a go, none the less, we will create a change in ourselves. If we can remain disciplined enough to ‘Just Do It!’ we will become yogis. Well at least that’s the theory!
So, do we just do it? If we look like a yogi in yoga meditation
and act like a yogi, will the ‘enlightenment’ come? What is enlightenment? This Samadhi? Is it just a lofty ideal? Beyond all sensible grounded normal people who don’t usually do ‘that kind of thing’? Maybe you were taught to pray as a child? In Prayer we ask, in Mediation we listen.
Why will being fully connected to our object of focus improve our own consciousness of ourselves and our part in this world? Will it just come with practice? Will we see ourselves and the world as we truly are? Will it all just come to us as the result of treading a path and ‘being’ a yogi? Will it bring us wealth, happiness, joy?
Maybe we can look at it all a little deeper but still keep it simple for those of you who do not yet have a regular concentration, focused habit of ‘being connected’ of your own yet.
Importance of Yoga and Meditation
What is Meditation and how is it part of yoga? What are the benefits of yoga meditation and doing it? Does it take long to learn? What will it mean or matter in your day to day life?
So much is written on this subject that student teachers can often feel overwhelmed let alone Lay people or Householders as they were often termed.
At Golden Glow Yoga College, we use the guidance of great Hindu teachers like Sri Aurobindo author of The Synthesis of Yoga and Savitri among over 40 other titles, Sri Krishnamarchari, The great Healer and teacher of B. K. S. Iyengar and Shri K. PattabhiJois and his loyal student John Scott alongside the beautiful wisdom of ladies like Indra Devi and her 1948 book Yoga – Techniques for Health and Happiness with so many others finding it easier in honouring their femininity, power and Shakti with Womb Yoga and the 700 hundred page read of Uma Dinsmore Tuli or Nancy Phelan of Yoga for Women fame.
The great Guru of Sri Paramahansa Yogananda and the insightful lineage that led to the creation of Transcendental Meditation programs which developed to try to make it easier for people in the West to live more fulfilled lives.
All these people have tried to help us lead better lives. Not necessarily happier lives but at least to be more contented in our own silence. Creating awareness of silent Vipassana practices of S.N Goenkaand Mediation courses, Like The Art of Living from Sri Sri Ravi Shankar are also great eye openers and we try to encourage student teachers to examine them to better grow ‘our understanding of ourselves’.
We also look at practices from teachers like the late Osho. We encourage students to compare these with the work of present day Buddhist teachers like the Dalai Lama, the American Buddhist nun, Pema Chodron and the great Vietnamese Monk Thich Nhat Hanh and all the great Masters that have led them in the learned the way of the Buddha.
All these insights we have cited are highlighted in our Golden Glow Yoga College Yoga Teacher Training Programs and books are generally available to everyone as all the Teachers listed are or were prolific writers. Delving into their knowledge and experiences, taking time to just be with it all, will help you develop practical guidance about the classical and contemporary practices.
Why is it Important to do Yoga?
Let’s talk briefly about - Practicing being ‘On the Cushion’
From my view, being comfortable, with a good supported seat- maybe even sitting on three or five cushions at first so the hips and back are supported and the knees have space to go toward the floor, without strain, was a huge key to my growth. Watching Swami Vidyanand taking one leg out at a time and resting each of them in turn over many weeks and months sharing time together on the floor in various learning, not only meditations, taught me most clearly that it was so important to help students less able than I was – Simply put - Do not strain.
Being comfortable on your seat will help give space for the examination of the yogic and mindfulness practices. This in turn will help us lead our own lives as we see fit, true to ourselves, ‘present’ more in our day to day lives and make our effort to live those lives in a contemplative and meaningful way.
Conscious living. Living consciously – A Life Divine - A Divine Life. These great philosophers and Vedic wisdom are simply suggesting lightness, for us to be aware that we are making choices all the time and to be responsible for those choices. I believe in the ‘no rights, no wrongs, only consequences’ train of thought.
So, moving away from a silent or seated ‘on the cushion’ or even a walking mindful ‘meditation’ idea.
Ask the Question - Is it a cop out to consider ourselves to be in mediation if it’s a moving meditation?
Making meditation a focal point, an intention within our physical movement; simply to be with whatever is arising in us, on a physical, emotional mental and psychic body level. A contemplative practice effectively. I’d say it’s actually the easiest of them all; At least it is for me. Why? Because in short, I am just honouring myself enough to take Time to be with myself. Not just rushing off to the next need, drama, crisis or warzone.
I spent many years feeling helpless to help myself to some extent, staring into space, procrastinating rather than meditating or being one with a leaf, a rose, a shell from the beach.
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Watch others live their lives. Angry people, sad people. Look around you in the street. Watch the faces. Even watch the ‘Gurus’ sitting on the mats. Watch them. Open your own heart. Listen.
Instinctively, you can just tell whether they are actually ‘at one’ with the object of their attention or not - off; thinking, thinking, thinking. Are they becoming Creative in their Discontent as the great late Sri Krishnamurti might remind us? It’s a positive.
We cultivate contentment with what is. Not aspiring to be the full bright moon all the time, it would be exhausting! Humans can get so bogged down into the mundane. Yoga Mediation takes us higher into the Nature of the Super Mind.
Swamiji, Swami Vidvanand, has again like so many others tried helped to try to make it easier to be higher minded and to connect, to communicate with ourselves, our divine consciousness, (whatever that means to you) and to hear our own truth. It’s easier for many of us now here in Ireland through- out the world to practice Meditation and Transformational Yoga as a form of Moving Mediation.
It is now also known to the many thousands of followers who have found the benefits of moving peacefully through a range of postures, using simple mirroring of postures from mirroring each other in peacefulness in the circle, adding a couple of transforming breaths like the Kappalabhati for 5 breaths and Brahmari (just hum – I like to move my tongue around in my mouth when I do it and see if I can dislodge of ways of thinking and clean house in my brain) for 3 breaths and then the good old chant of the heart seed sound of OmMa.
Meaning of Yoga
Put it all together and rather than just trying hard to force a Meditative state, it melts into you as you melt into it. It’s like the Bliss of the gentle Sun on the face, a Song of the Soul, a Vedic Hymn singing out from its depth without effort or self-consciousness.
When we are doing gentle asana practice like the yoga mediation of Transformational Yoga and reap the rewards of the benefits of Yoga Mediation hopefully we are not just giving the physical the full attention to only making a beauty of the physical ugliness but consciously seeking Transformation of our mind and in turn connecting in our soul. To create focus means we achieve our aim. Hopefully our aims are true and we are not misunderstanding our purpose here for too many precious years. We have questioned our motivation, our tendency to disrespect ourselves and up lifted and lightened our natural human tendency to be on the darker side of our natures. I find one thing is consistent among the many teachers I train here. “This has changed my life” they say – “I just wish I started earlier!”
The benefits of Yoga Meditation are to help us move away from addiction, obsession and feelings of unworthiness or lack. To create focus and cultivate contentment. So, what’s not to like? The Benefits of Yoga Mediation are life-enhancing and help us choose to lighten the loads we carry. Happy Day!
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Dr Sri Radha Sharon O’Neill BCL (Hon Ph.D. Yoga) Principal Director Golden Glow Yoga College Ireland.
YAI Senior Meditation Grand Master Yoga Therapy.
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