Meditating as an integral part of a well-balanced yoga practise. There are numerous studies extolling the many benefits of meditation. There’s a wealth of knowledge out there, it can be a little bit confusing where to start if you want to begin meditating. So, I’ve collected my Top Tips for Meditation to help you get started.
Get clear on your why
Why do you want to meditate? What’s your reasons? Maybe you’d like to sleep better, manage stress or anxiety or simply quieten your racing thoughts a bit. Having a reason for meditating can help you stick to this new routine.
When will you fit it in
Any new habit requires some dedication and time. We need to make an effort to set aside a portion of our time for our new venture. Meditating first thing in the morning has many benefits. It sets your day off on a positive note, and it can prevent the excuses from taking over later.
Meditating last thing before bed is also a great time, as it can help you switch off from the day. This might improve your sleep and help you feel more relaxed. Above all, find what works for you. Try meditating in the morning for a week and then the next week give it a go before bed. It’s all about finding what works for you.
How to meditate
There are loads of ways to meditate. Make it part of your journey to try different methods until you find the way that works best for you. A few good options for starters are using a Meditation App which offers guided meditations. Someone talks you through the process, you just need to listen. The other option is to focus on your breath. Try this guided meditation or this breath counting meditation to get you started.
Location, Location, Location
When I re-started my meditation journey, I created a dedicated space to meditate. This is where I head to do my meditation each morning and night. This has added to the experience, because I know that I’m settling in to meditate. However, you don’t need to set up a specific area in your house. Instead choose a comfortable place where you can sit undisturbed for 10 minutes or so. Then stick to that location each time you meditate.
These are the added extras that just make your meditation experience something to look forward to. They are totally optional, and you might want to use them sometimes and not others.
Essential oils – sometimes I will use my diffuser to scent the air with some lavender to help me relax into the meditation.
Blanket – I love a nice, warm, snuggly blanket, either draped across my lap or wrapped around my shoulders. When I’m meditating, I want to feel cosy and warm, my blanket ticks both these boxes!
Candle – I use a fake candle, one of the battery-operated ones, but it creates a lovely, soft light which helps me settle into my meditation time.
I hope these tips help you get started on your meditation journey, let me know how you get on.