Yoga Meditation: Breath Awareness and Posture

Yoga Meditation, as we know it, comes as the sole answer, remedy to certain ailments that even scientists, researchers have been unable to completely unearth the hidden treasure of yoga meditation. Every chemical composition has a formula, every scientific method has a technique, and every art form has a process.

Yoga Meditation is one of the most ingrained art forms ever evolved that has been an astounding contributor to the physical and, especially mental welfare of a human being. It strengthens the link between the body, mind and soul – helps it to reconnect. It is the means to restore mind, and body balance back to its original form – only more rejuvenated and revitalized.

How is it performed though? An ideal yoga meditation practice lasts for about 20 minutes so the most important quotient is – how to ensure we practice yoga meditation well enough to reap its benefits? In what way can we make sure those moments spent in the practice of yoga meditation technique are well spent. Let us glance at that.

There are two major components that combine the practice of Yoga Meditation – Breath Awareness and Posture. ‘Breath’ is the bridge between the body and the mind. And, ‘posture’ is the vessel that facilitates this divine process.

Posture

When it comes to posture while performing yoga meditation, there is usually a misconception that it needs to be performed in a stiff and erect pose. However, the reality and technique is not so. The truth is there is no posture categorically right or wrong while assuming the position of yoga meditation.

It is about being comfortable and feeling relaxed. Keeping the spine firm and erect delivers focus and concentration in the yogi’s body while alerting the rest of its organs, hence, it is advised to keep an erect spine and retain it in its most accurate position.

The rest of the body parts can remain relaxed while letting any pent-up feelings of anger, anxiety, impatience, etc. escape from the body in a smooth flow. You can meditate while sitting in a chair, or you can practice it while sitting in Padmasana (Lotus Pose), it would not matter as long as you are comfortable, yet conscious of your environment and your body at the same time. The purpose of meditation is to relax you, not put you to sleep. Hence, being attentive of your presence and, of your own existence is vital.

Breath Awareness

I could not stress enough on this one. Breath Awareness is a vast term with a well of knowledge diving beneath it. ‘Breath’ is ‘life’s force, the ‘prana’, the ‘energy’ that regulates the entire body and its rhythm. By regulating control over ‘breath’, one can master the functioning and the movements of the mind and the body. These thoughts and emotions are passed off and the mind experiences focus, and calm awareness.

The body functions better with controlled movements in breath and thus, experiences reduced stress levels and enhanced cognitive skills. During yoga meditation, control on ‘prana’ or the ‘breath’, being aware of its presence, is of utmost importance. Everything else falls into its place automatically if breath awareness is achieved.

This subtle amalgamation of breath awareness and a comfortable, relaxed posture form the ideal link to realizing yoga meditation and, also the route to peace and fulfillment.

Author website: Yoga Teacher Training School in India