Home Yoga Practice Mindful Meditation

There is nothing more pure in the world than the knowledge of
the true self.  In due time this will come to the devoted
practitioner of yoga.

~Bagavad Gita, IV.38

Welcome to our series Home Yoga Practice If you haven’t already checked it out click here.  This meditation can be used on its’ own or as a part of your practice for either getting centered before an asana (posture) practice, or a seated meditation after your personal asana practice.

Mindfulness is an ancient practice that helps us to learn to be present in our lives.  This is no easy task at first.  But, with practice it will become more natural to you and extremely beneficial.  In these stressful modern times often we are so caught up in planning or worrying about the future and/or dwelling about the past that we can miss out on what is going on in the only moment that we really have, the present moment.

One of the most basic meditations you can do is observe your breath.  Awareness of the breath invites you to simply pay attenion, mindfully, to your breath without trying to change, control or manipulate it in any way.

The Practice:

1)  Lie down, or find a comfortable seat, cross-legged on the floor or a chair if necessary.  This can even be done standing.

2)  Bring your awareness to your breath, notice the air filling you and then exiting your body.

3)  Notice the sensations invoked by the breath.  Don’t label or judge the breath in any way, just observe.  Feel the coolness of the air as it enters your nostrils and the warmth of the air as it exits.  Do you breathe more freely in one nostril than the other?  What parts of your body move with the breath?  Is your breath deep and full or short and shallow?  Just observe.

4)  If uninvited guests of the past or future enter your mind, acknowledge them.  But, don’t entertain them, and they will leave of their own accord.  Just bring your awareness back to the breath without judgement when your mind begins to wander, and it will, that is its’ job.  You are just the observer.  You may need to do this over and over again, and that is it, that is the practice.  So simple, yet so powerful.  It can be done anywhere, anytime, even standing in a cue.

Let us know how you do with your practice.

Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti, Om…

Stacy and the Y3 team!

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