Meditation: what is it?

There’s a lot of talk about meditation, as if it is a separate thing from yoga. There are people offering to teach you how to meditate. There are apps to help you meditate – you may have tried them.

When you think of meditation, what does it mean to you? Do you picture a Buddhist monk on a hilltop somewhere, sitting in silence, for hours?

Try sitting in stillness with your breath. Try it in your asana practice. Try it in savasana. Try it in seated meditation, in seated pranayama.

Every single person thinks they’re doing it wrong. Every single person thinks that the person next to them is doing it properly. Everyone feels like a fake.

You cannot practice yoga for a short time and expect mental stillness immediately.  It takes practice to start to understand the potential of yoga. The potential to exist in a physical and mental state at the same time.

I try to think about each movement as a physical expression of my breath. I try hard to link the two. And I keep practicing.

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