Detox symptoms no more – I’m feeling amazing again, what a morning! After my daily morning tea I was surprised to find myself the only one in yoga class. I’m a yoga novice and slowly learning the different postures and trying to get my head around yoga-thinking. Having someone explaining, correcting and tailoring a sequence just for you is such a treat and I urge any yoga beginner to book a private lesson today. You will thank me later, I promise.
After my wonderful yoga experience I had a treat for my small tootsies, reflexology. I will post some info about that soon. Now it’s defiantly time to get something into my rumbling belly, coconut water, yeh!
Meditation is my next big step to reduce stress and get control of my restless soul. Its not going to be easy, I almost give up just thinking about sitting still for a longer period of time. To help me get started I’ve read this guide for beginners written by Amanda Vogel.
When you think of doing yoga, your first association might be with the physical practice: moving through the yoga poses and practising yoga breathing. But meditation—the act of focusing your mind—is also part of a well-rounded yoga experience.
Learning to meditate in yoga involves more than sitting still for a few moments each day. The reason? Your mind might still be sifting through a barrage of thoughts and worries. “Yoga meditation is about quieting a busy mind,” says Wade Imre Morissette, a yoga teacher in Vancouver, B.C., and author of Transformative Yoga: Five Keys to Unlocking Inner Bliss. “The more you’re able to quiet your thoughts through yoga meditation, the more you experience a sense of true presence,” he says. And being in the moment helps create that beneficial mind-body connection that yoga is known for.
How to meditate in yoga
The first step to successful meditation is practicing it often. But even in a class where the yoga teacher sets time aside for meditation, getting the hang of how to meditate can be quite challenging, whether you’re a beginner to yoga or you’ve been taking yoga classes for a while. Considering that serious yogis spend a lifetime honing the art of meditation, there’s no sense in pressuring yourself to perfect your own meditation technique after just a few sessions.
Yoga meditation for beginners
“An easy way to learn how to meditate is to focus on the here and now,” says Morissette. When you’re mindful about being in the moment, there’s no room for your attention to be pulled toward distracting thoughts about the past or future. “That can be very freeing,” says Morissette.
He recommends beginning with active meditation, where you focus your thoughts on something specific. “The idea is to streamline your attention to only one thing at a time, like your breathing or gazing at a candle flame.”
When you’re first trying out this meditation technique, says Morissette, be prepared for your mind to wander sometimes. Whenever you become aware that your thoughts have drifted, simply redirect your mental focus back to the present.
Want to give yoga meditation a try? Follow Morissette’s advice for getting started.
• Set aside just a few minutes at first. Choose a time of day when you’re able to meditate without interruption. You might coordinate your meditation so you do it right before or after a physical yoga practice.
• Sit with good posture either on the floor, cross-legged, or in a chair if it’s more comfortable. (If seated cross-legged, switch which leg is crossed on top each time you meditate.)
• Gaze at a simple object such as a candle’s flame or a black dot written on a piece of paper. Or, close your eyes and home in on the rhythm of your yoga breathing.
• As you become more familiar with how to meditate, increase your practice by a minute or two at a time.
Finally, to avoid frustration, remember this common yoga meditation myth: “Meditating is not about achieving a blank mind,” says Morissette. “It’s more about resisting the temptation to react to the thoughts that do pop into your head.”
A few days ago I had the pleasure to hang out with my friends cute dog Wilma. After a long walk I thought that I would have a go on my new yoga mat that I received the same morning..
So I ended up buying my boyfriend and myself a awesome Valentines gift, I cant wait to get my hands (and feet) on it! Think I made a smart choice going lightweight considering our future plans … will tell more about them in another post but until then check this kit out!
You can buy the yoga mat here.
Buying a yoga mat is like buying a new pair of running sneakers. It takes careful consideration and research to find the right fit. Since there are hundreds to confuse you choose from, narrow down your search by asking these important questions.
How Much Do I Want to Spend? Your budget is a huge factor in the mat you end up with. Do you have the dough to lay down for the priciest one on the market or are you happy buying a cheaper mat? The upside of buying a more expensive mat, like the Manduka PRO Black Magic ($104), is durability, which will actually save you money over time.
How Thick Do I Want It? If you’re new to the mat-buying scene, you might not realize that mats come in different thicknesses. A quarter-inch is the standard mat thickness, probably like the one you’ve borrowed from your studio. Think about how your body feels on this mat in certain poses where your bones are pressing into the floor. If you’ve felt discomfort, splurge on a thicker mat, but make sure it’s also dense. A thick squishy mat makes balancing postures more difficult.
Keep reading for more things to consider when purchasing a new yoga mat.
Do I Sweat a Lot? If you tend to drip like a faucet as soon as you hit your first Down Dog, a regular yoga mat won’t do the trick. You’ll need to purchase a cotton rug ($40) or skidless towel ($64) to place on top of your mat to absorb your sweat, which means you could stand to spend less on the actual mat.
Will I Have to Carry It Far Distances? Mats also range in weight, so if you know you’ll be lugging your mat for a 20-minute walk or traveling with it, you might not want to buy a seven-pounder. Look for lighter options or ones that fold easily if you plan on stowing it in your suitcase.
Is My Health and Environment Important to Me? You’ll see labels such as phthalate-free or PVC-free, and this is what you want since exposure to these materials has been tied to health concerns such as affected hormone levels or birth defects. They’re also not great for the environment because as the plastics break down, they get released into the air. You can avoid plastics altogether by choosing ones made with all-natural biodegradable materials such as the Manduka eKO Mat made with natural rubber ($76), the jute Hugger Mugger mat ($37), or the Eco Mat ($85), which is a combination of rubber and jute. They also make yoga mats out of bamboo ($74), perfect for indoor or outdoor practice.