If you think of yoga as just another form of physical exercise, you’ll be amazed when you experience the many awesome benefits of doing yoga with meditation!
Many people in the West think of yoga as purely a form of physical exercise, but in fact, meditation is a central part of the traditional yogic discipline. While you can certainly do one without the other and still receive some benefit from each, combining yoga with meditation into one comprehensive practice provides the most benefits possible from each.
Taking the time every day to do yoga and meditate helps to keep you centered and calms and relaxes both your body and mind – an incredibly important benefit in today’s day and age where stress assails us at every turn! Regular meditation can also improve concentration and clarity of thought, and release your creative side.
Meditation isn’t always easy, and sometimes it can be extremely hard to free your mind of things that you feel like you should be doing or could be doing, but taking the time to meditate and focus within can help lower your blood pressure and slow down your heart rate. Some research seems to indicate that meditation with yoga may increase the matter of the brain’s cortex and help with cognitive, emotional, and sensory data processing within the brain. Meditation may also slow natural shrinkage of the frontal cortex due to aging.
Yoga helps to strengthen both your body and your mind in many different ways, and when combined with meditation, the benefits are almost too many to list!
There are many different forms of yoga, but all of them can be done in combination with a meditation practice. Both meditation and yoga can be tailored to suit your individual needs and preferences, so feel free to experiment to find out which type of yoga best suits you. The same is true for meditation. Some people feel the need to meditate for an hour, but you might feel like you get just as much benefit from only 15 minutes. Do what feels comfortable for you, but don’t be afraid to push yourself a bit as you progress.
Every person is different and if you want to do yoga without meditation (or vice versa) that is up to you. However, the benefits of doing both will help your mind and your body alike. Both can also help you to feel more spiritually connected to whatever power you believe in, and they can also help you find gratitude and peace in your daily life – along with all the many other health and mental benefits of both yoga and meditation!