I hated meditation when I first started! I couldn’t keep my mind from wandering, my legs would fall asleep, and I thought the silence would never end! But when you are getting your yoga teacher training it kind of comes with the territory. So I stuck with it and now I’m hooked. As a yoga teacher, I love helping people find stillness through mindfulness and meditation. It is something we don’t get enough of in our day, so if you are new to meditation or want to try it again here are some tips!
1. Get Comfortable – If you are not comfortable trying to meditate will be difficult. Find a place that is free from distraction, wear something unrestrictive, and grab a cushion. I love my Manduka travel meditation cushion, you can take it anywhere and its perfect for meditating on the go.
2. Listen to and App or Recording – There are tons of awesome meditation apps out there; my favorite is Buddhify. The app has different topics and lengths and all the people have wonderful British accents. Also, If you want to listen to my soothing voice and can check out my recordings on Sound Cloud. I’ll even take requests for meditation topics and record them just for you!
3. Pick an Intention or Mantra – Create a word or short phrase that brings you to the present moment. Something positive and empowering you can say or repeat when you need to focus. My go to is: I am a contribution, I am enough.
4. Meditation Stones or Mala Beads – When I first started I needed something to do with my hands for longer mediations. Being that I have have an artistic side, I made ceramic meditation stones to hold my focus. You can also try mala beads, not only are they functional, but they are super fashionable! Tiny Devotions has an amazing collection – I wear mine every day!
5. Try short stints – You don’t have to meditate for hours on end, you can meditate in minutes. You can do several 5 minute meditations with breaks in between or try doing a couple of shorter mediations throughout the day.
6. Don’t give up – Keep trying if it doesn’t resonate with you at first. Meditation has so many wonderful benefits and research has been proven it decrease stress, increases focus, and even helps with sleep.
I’d love to know what your experience with meditation has been, or how I can help! Leave your comments below!