Potent Duo: Yoga and Meditation

October 17, 2008 by  
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In meditation, the practitioner is usually required to sit still in a quiet place where he or she can contemplate in peace and solitude for a specific period of time. The time needed for complete meditation varies according to the experience they gained over the years. Beginners may have a hard time just sitting still for longer than 5 minutes, while the more experienced can remain in one pose for up to a whole day. Because meditation requires such activity, it is important to think about the position that you would be most comfortable with when attempting to meditate. Yoga can help people who have trouble finding their most comfortable position by stretching and relaxing the muscles, thus preventing the possibility of having cramps and discontinuing the meditation process.

The practice of yoga has also incorporated techniques that are meant to calm the mind and the body so that it will be more prepared for the meditation process. The twentieth century has indeed brought many stressors and worries. As the saying goes, the more money there is, the more problems there can be. People are always worrying about work, bills, family matters, budgets, or general dissatisfaction with life. The relaxed and peaceful mind and body offers numerous benefits, including the very real advantage of preventing chronic diseases. A vast number of illnesses can be caused by stress-related bodily reactions. The more stressed you are, the more likely you are to get sick.

Yoga is widely practiced in India, and it has often been incorporated in numerous religions, whether old or new. Gurus, or the mentors in yoga, know that combining yoga and meditation can reduce anxiety and stress on the body. They also believe that in these practices, the mind can exude more positive vibrations to the universe, thus it can help in creating a more peaceful and stable society.

Health and happiness can be the direct results of yoga, and through masterful contemplation about life and relationships with others, we can become more aware of ourselves and what we give and take from the universe. This highly spiritual perception has given yoga and meditation their appeal. True enough, long-time yoga practitioners frequently have lesser problems and they tend to be more optimistic about life and the society.

Negative emotions and bad habits can really solidify and pose danger to oneself in terms of mental and physical health. Through yoga and meditation, you can influence positive changes to happen in your life, and you become healthier, happier and more at peace with the world.