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Benefits of Meditation:


Research has revealed that a regular meditation practice can improve psychological and physiological well-being. As one meditates, the brainwave pattern is brought into an alpha state, a level of consciousness that encourages the rejuvenation and healing of the mind and body.


Physiological Benefits of Meditation

* decreases stress resulting in lower levels of cortisol and lactate

* decreases muscle tension and headaches (as with PMS)

* promotes a more restful state (lowers heart rate, lowers body's core temperature, decreases high blood pressure, and decreases metabolic rate)

* decreases cholesterol levels

* improves respiratory function and decreases respiratory rate

* enhances immune system

* increases the production of serotonin-low levels of serotonin are connected with insomnia, depression, obesity, and headaches

* reduces level of free radicals

* promotes pain management especially for women during childbirth


Psychological Benefits of Meditation

* decreases stress

* decreases depression and irritability

* decreases anxiety

* promotes greater creativity

* improves memory and learning ability

* improves ability to focus and concentrate

* leads to increased self-actualization, self-confidence and self-acceptance

* leads to increased emotional stability

* promotes increased levels happiness and contentment in life

* discovery of personal and spiritual growth


Create A Meditation Space


Meditation can be done virtually anywhere, but creating a proper environment will make your meditation practice more fulfilling. Create an environment that is appealing and motivates you to practice regularly. If possible, devote a room or part of a room to meditation. If you don’t have an entire room, section off some space in a quiet, low traffic part of your home. Consider personalized icons, artwork or colors that inspire or soothe you during your meditation.


*Turn off phones, ringers, and any other items that can potentially distract you.

*If possible, have a source of fresh air.

*Have a source of warmth. Have a blanket or shawl to keep warm.

*Try to meditate in natural light - a source of natural light is perfect, though not too much direct sun. Dim artificial sources of light, if possible.

*Keep it clean. The mind is more able to be steady and relaxed when your meditation area is free of clutter. Stow your props (mats, blankets, cushions etc.) in a cupboard or a basket.

*Meditation should be done on a rug, carpet, or blanket. Avoid sitting directly on a cold floor.

*You can light candles and use a diffuser with a blend of essential oils to create a more relaxing mood.


Taking time to establish a meditation space will help you become more dedicated to your practice and will make your meditation experience more fulfilling.


How to Start Meditating


Preparing for a meditation is essential as this will enable you to receive all the health benefits from the practice. You can meditate anytime, but the most favorable times of day are at dawn and at dusk, when the atmosphere is charged with spiritual energy. More important, choose a time when your mind is free of everyday concerns. Consider meditating around the same time each day and in the same place.


We recommend that you wear comfortable clothing as this will allow the freest movement of the body. Also, create a meditation space that is free of distractions, mentally soothing, and will help still the mind. As most meditations are performed sitting, assume a comfortable upright position with your back, neck and head in a straight line. Modify your sitting posture with a cushion or meditation bench, if needed. If you have difficulty sitting due to back or knee discomfort, try meditating with legs straight or seated in a chair. Most important, avoid any feelings of strain, discomfort, or excess fatigue.


If you have any previous or current health issues (i.e. heart or circulatory conditions, respiratory conditions, muscle or joint problems, pregnancy), we strongly recommend that you consult a qualified physician prior to meditating as some the positions and breathing techniques may have contraindications.


Allow meditation to bring mental clarity and awareness. Practice without judgment. Enjoy the stillness that grows with a regular meditation practice.

Michelle Trantina is a certified Hatha Yoga Teacher. She is the co-founder of My Yoga Online and My Yoga Music. She can also be seen in the national Yoga television series Namaste on HDTV and CityTV. To learn more about Michelle Trantina and My Yoga Online, visit www.myyogaonline.com and www.myyogamusic.com

When you are only just starting out meditation can seem like a very daunting task. Beginners often find meditation extremely difficult and tend to become frustrated with the process, inevitably causing stress and discomfort. Such negativity obviously counteracts the very objectives of meditation. This is why it is very important to attempt meditation the right way in the beginning by practising developed methods of meditation for beginners.

The higher levels of consciousness which can be reached through meditation are truly indescribable. That is why meditation in its nature is so incredibly personal, but also so difficult to be taught. Meditation for beginners needs to start out simply by introducing the concepts of proper breathing as well as physical, mental and spiritual relaxation.

When a person continuously over works their body and their mind, they decrease their ability to perform work effectively. Contemporary Western food, social life, work and forms of entertainment are often over stimulating and make it increasingly difficult to experience real relaxation. Even when we attempt rest our minds are often still extremely alert and buzzing with so many thoughts that we are still using, and wasting, our energy. It is vital to learn proper relaxation techniques so that we can most efficiently use our minds and our bodies.

Most people do not breathe correctly. This may sound strange as everyone seems to be breathing well enough to gain oxygen and sustain life but many people only use a small part of their lung capacity when breathing. They take very shallow breaths and do not properly expand their ribcages. Correct breathing should be unhurried, flowing and deep. Full proper breathing has countless benefits for the mind, body and soul including increased mental lucidity and physical vitality.

A very simple form of meditation which beginners can attempt involves breathing in this slow and rhythmical way. Whenever you next experience stress and need relaxation take a moment to control your breathing. Take slow, deep breaths in through your nose, hold for two seconds and then slowly expel the air through your mouth. Continue breathing in this way for a few minutes and your tension should dissolve into calmness.

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