Meditation Techniques Beginner’s Guide
Feb 18th, 2011 by Aldouspi

Meditation Techniques: Beginner's Guide

Our soul, just like our body, needs food to grow and perform efficiently. We try to get our hands on every possible luxury of life so that we can lead a comfortable life. But besides the availability of several material resources we constantly face cacophony because we fail to pay proper attention to our soul which results in dissatisfaction and frustration. Meditation teaches us to strike a balance between our internal powers and external environment. A person practicing mediation is in a strong position to control his thoughts and emotions to use them positively for his wellbeing.

Though meditation is a healing process of internal structure but it's not something that must be postponed until one observes the signs of aggravation and agitation in him. You can devote a certain part of the day for this spiritual exercise. Meditation reveals the strengths and weaknesses of your inner being and introduces you to a mechanism that can bring peace to your fast-paced life. Confusion and uncertainty about your own self and regarding fellow beings diminish, which can practically help you to maintain social contacts more confidently.

On contrary to the general perception that people hold regarding the complexity of meditation, beginning is fairly easy. In this era of urgency and rush, you have to find time for your inner self. To empower your awareness and realization capability, you can initiate this soothing process easily. You'll notice a revolutionized life once you get to know the power of meditation and the way it can enlighten your intricate problems.

You don't have to join a healing centre for this. Try this at home and reap the benefits of self-realization. Find a corner in your house where you can sit peacefully and will not be distracted by noise or any other activity. If you have a large sofa or a chair where you can sit at ease with legs crossed, sit there in a comfy posture. Otherwise sit on carpet. Try to forget every appointment and engagement that you have for the upcoming days.

You have to disconnect yourself from the outer world in order to listen to your soul. Close your eyes and all other receivers that can possibly distract you. The moment you close your eyes, you move one step closer to your inner self. When you save your energy and dedicate it solely to meditation, a new sense of unveiling your deep down realities surrenders you. Focus on what your soul shows you.

Try to bring peace in yourself. Examine your thoughts that come through your mind and pay attention to internal mental activities. Thoughts that were pushed to subconscious begin to clarify and more explicable. You must indulge your thoughts into some kind of rhyme. A Sanskrit verse is suggested 'amaram hum madhuram hum' which reinforces bliss and immortality.

After this spiritual process, don't spring to world abruptly rather make a slow end. Touch your face with your hands to provide warmth. Make meditation an integral part of your routine and try it twice a day, especially at the beginning and ending of the day.

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The Classroom Don’ts – Etiquette in a Yoga Class
Jul 1st, 2010 by Aldouspi

The Classroom "Don'ts: Etiquette in a Yoga Class

Basic yoga may look easy, but it's a tough flexibility and strength workout. One of the easiest ways to learn the skills you need for yoga is to take a class. However, as with all kinds of classes, it is important to understand the basic rules of etiquette before you sign up. By following these rules, you and those around you will be more comfortable.

First of all, keep a positive attitude. Don't lose patience. Like anything else, yoga takes time to learn and to develop skill in. Don't let the frustration drive you away. (Though, if after awhile in a class you're more frustrated than before, you might want to try a different instructor or class.) If you are feeling negatively, it is best not to voice your frustration during class, but instead to speak with the teacher afterwards.

Don't put your mat too close to or too far from the other students around you. You need enough space to stretch out your arms and not touch your neighbor. On the other hand, don't take any more space than you need. Crowded classrooms need all the space they can get.

Don't wear clothes that will fall off or show too much skin. Wear clothing that is comfortable and will stretch, but bear in mind that you might be doing such unusual positions as turning upside down. Showing skin can make others feel uncomfortable and can create embarrassing situations if your clothing slips.

Don't stare; you may be more advanced than those around you, or you may be the only first beginner in the room. Everyone starts somewhere, and everyone has his or her strengths and weaknesses. Respect that. Staring at someone who is or is not doing the techniques correctly is unfair-stare at the teach instead, that is what an instructor is for.

Don't overstrain yourself-if you can't perform a stance, just do it as far as you can or substitute the alternate stance that the instructor will probably suggest. Don't force yourself to do something you can't yet just because you're too embarrassed to admit that you need the alternate stance. Don't overestimate your abilities. Injuring yourself can disrupt the entire class. Avoid other interruptions as well and don't draw attention to yourself. Respect other students and yoga's goal of peace and overall balance (inner and outer). Avoid chatting and loud breathing, and turn your phone off.

Don't be offended if the instructor corrects your pose. You can't see what you're doing; he or she can, and the instructor is there to help and teach you. It's meant to be help, not an insult. That is what classes are for-help with your technique-so by learning the rules of etiquette, you can be sure to enjoy class and keep it an enjoyable place for those around you.

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