Yoga has come to be known primarily for the poses. The poses… and the pants.
But the traditional purpose of yoga is to steady the mind. The nature of the mind is to process. To be dynamic. Yoga teaches you to still the ceaseless fluctuations of thought so you can experience the good fortune of your existence. And the poses—the asana—that you might know are only one component of a comprehensive system to achieve this kind of calm.
Meditation is one more component.
Meditation trains the mind to become quiet, calm and stable. It illuminates the mind. In the quiet light, you discover the connection between yourself and the world. You feel bliss. You find peace. You reduce your suffering.
It can be intimidating at first—to sit. The yoga of Patanjali acknowledges that meditation requires preparation. It isn’t appropriate to expect a racing mind to quiet itself at your command. Have you tried? It’ll resist you. It knows.
This is why we do the asana. And we learn to regulate our breath. And then we learn to corral our senses. To concentrate. Finally, to meditate. And become absorbed in the process.
If you’re interested in reducing the noise in your mind, and ready to confront it instead of distract it, let me help you develop a personalized meditation practice. Not all techniques suit every person. I’m happy to talk with you about the challenges you’re facing, the lifestyle you’re leading, and any experiences you’ve had in the past with meditation. With your input, I’ll make suggestions for a customized personal practice to guide you toward remembering the peace inside you.
You may also be interested in joining our meditation sangha on Friday mornings, 10:30 to 11:30, at Eye of Buddha in San Diego, California. The class includes a short asana practice, pranayama, a guided reflection and concentration period, and meditation.