Meditation is a practice that can improve someone’s physical, spiritual, mental, and emotional wellbeing, but it isn’t easy. Turning one’s mind off can be a challenge, especially for beginners. The skills learned during meditations are worth the effort though. Here are a few tips to help beginners master meditations.
1. Practice Everyday
Meditation is like any other activity- practice makes perfect. Make a commitment to practice meditations every day. Even if it’s just 5 minutes at a time, consistency is more important than intensity. Set aside a few moments every day to meditate, and slowly build up how long you practice for.
2. Start Small
People often stop meditating because the time length is too challenging. That’s why we suggest beginners start with smaller time intervals, even if it’s just 2 minutes. Once you master meditation for a few minutes you can begin slowly adding more time. Be sure to practice every day though or you may find yourself slipping back!
3. Focus on Breathing
Just like in yoga, breathing is important to meditation. Focusing on one’s breath is a great tip to keep the mind focused in the beginning. Start by taking slow, deep breaths. This will focus the mind, relax the body, and slow one’s heart rate.
4. Thoughts Will Come
Meditation is about quieting the mind to become in touch with oneself. But it can be hard to stop thinking. Don’t get discouraged if thoughts pop in and out when you are first beginning, this is common! As you get better the thoughts will come less and less.
5. Be Comfortable
It’s hard to keep your mind turned off when all you can focus on is how uncomfortable you are. Listen to your body and find a comfortable position. Most people meditate while sitting, but use whatever position works best for you. You may have to try a few before you find one that works.
6. Choose the Space
Where you decide to meditate will really impact how well it goes. Find a quiet, relaxing space to meditate in. Using the same location will help you too. Make sure it’s quiet with minimal distractions and somewhere that you won’t be disturbed in. Using soft lighting and essential oils can also help!
Meditation can be challenging, but it’s worth it! It can improve concentration and memory, alleviate physical and emotional pain, and help with physical activities like yoga. Contact us if you have any questions or if you want to book a yoga class today!