At the beginning of the summer I bought a yoga pass to a studio near my house. I was planning on going once a week or so. Well, I skipped about 3 months of going. Last week I decided to give it a go again. I glanced at the schedule for the class times and noticed there was one at 6PM, 7 PM and 8 PM. I was hopeful to make the 7 PM class, but ended up working late and decided just to go to the 8 PM class. Keeping in mind that I have only been to the studio once or twice before, I had no idea what was going on. The 7 PM class ended and no one was leaving. So I entered the full room of people, squeezed my yoga mat out in a corner and began to stretch out a little. I noticed everyone getting up to grab pillows and blankets. I knew I was new to yoga, but could not think of a reason to need these items. The instructor told me that I would probably want them as well. I complied. Then the room became incredibly silent, the instructor rang the gong and class began. We laid in the same position the entire hour and was guided through a meditation class. This was the first time I have every done anything like this. I thought it was a little silly at first, but by the end of the hour I was so relaxed and cleared so many thoughts from my head. It was amazing. I think there were a few points I almost feel asleep. That night and the next few nights after going back to this meditation class, I had some of the best nights of sleep I have had in who knows how long.
I found it all rather intriguing, that you could practice controlling your thoughts. I have been doing a little reading about meditation and I am convinced everyone in the world needs to take time to truly meditate. I liked in our class that the instructor talked us through a serious of thoughts to help guide our minds. It totally seemed weird to me at first. He would tell us to think about a specific body part and without moving to “feel it” and “see it” I had to think really hard at first about seeing and feeling my pinky finger and left big toe. This is just an example of how he helps guide your mind and thoughts. The long term benefits of meditation are numerous. While I have been trying to incorporate it in my routine more often, I was looking for ways outside of attending that class. Luckily we live in the age of youtube… and guess what. There are several practices there. All you need to type in is meditation yoga for beginners and meditation yoga and hundreds of videos show up. I have gone through about 5 of them. and really enjoy the relaxation and clarity it brings me. Especially before bedtime.
I did feel a little silly doing these the first few times, but now Im to the point where I just enjoy it. I hope you find a little extra time to try one or two meditation practices out. I think you’ll like it.