HOW YOGA POSTURES AND BREATHING EXERCISES PREPARE US FOR MEDITATION

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HOW YOGA POSTURES AND BREATHING EXERCISES PREPARE US FOR MEDITATION

HOW YOGA POSTURES AND BREATHING EXERCISES PREPARE US FOR MEDITATION

To find an answer to this question let’s first review some basic yogic terms…

Asana: A steady and comfortable posture

Pranayama: Breathing Exercises designed to un-obstruct the breath

Sthira: Stability

Sukha: Comfortable, Permeable, Good Space

Dharana: Concentration

Dhyana: Meditation

When we consider these words and their definitions in the context of a physical yoga practice, we understand that they are mutually supportive. Meditation (Dhyana) requires mental stillness (Dharana). The foundations for this state of mind are a comfortable (Sukha), steady (Sthira) posture (Asana) and effortless quiet breathing (Pranayama).

Postural demands on the body affect or agitate the breath which interferes with clarity and focus, therefore an optimal seated posture for meditation must be energy efficient and as effortless as possible. By practicing various yoga postures and breathing exercises we seek to remove blockages and create good space.  At this STILL POINT life force flows freely.

“Meditation is alertness without tension and relaxation without dullness”                                ~ T.K.V. Desikachar

Namaste’ Kimberly

Kimberly
Kimberly has enjoyed a consistent Yoga practice for 30 years and has been teaching Vinyasa style classes for 11. She began her journey with Sivananda teacher Sunil Komar while living overseas. Kimberly returned home to Utah in 2004 and certified with D’ana Baptiste of Centered City Yoga and Yoga Alliance at a 500 hour level. In addition to Yoga, Kimberly certified as a Reiki Master under the guidance of Dr. Carol Wilson, author of Healing Power Beyond Medicine. She studied Transcendental Meditation with Marc Stephens, Director of the Utah TM Center and considers meditation an essential tool for staying centered. Drawing from these great traditions, Kimberly currently practices and teaches a Vinyasa style class aptly named Energy Flow. This type of yoga practice is energizing and body friendly. It helps practitioners connect with their inner strength while supporting their physical and emotional well-being.

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