What is meditation?
In yogic philosophy, yogis use meditation as a tool for eliminating fluctuations in the mind. In this state of stillness, the meditator experiences enlightenment. In the Yoga Sutras, reaching this state of enlightenment, or bliss, is described as Samadhi, the eighth and final limb of yoga. In other words, meditation is an internal examination process by which an individual identifies and then eliminates both conscious and subconscious thought patterns that cloud reality. Eventually, meditation leads to a stillness of the mind where you experience complete awareness in the present moment.
Why should I learn to meditate?
Meditation has numerous health benefits, for more information, check out the benefits section to learn more.
How long should I meditate per day?
It's up to you. Meditate for any duration of time, as long as you meditate. Research indicates a longer duration yields a better result. However, quality trumps quantity. Commit to meditating each day and stick with it, develop a consistent practice.
When should I meditate?
Meditate whenever you need it. We recommend incorporating a regular or daily meditation practice. Meditating in the morning is most effective because people are typically more aware at this time.
Do I need to practice yoga to benefit from meditation?
Practicing yoga or studying yogic philosophy is not a meditation requirement. Whether or not you have a spiritual practice, incorporating meditation into your daily life can improve your physical and mental health.
How do I successfully meditate?
There's nothing to it, but to do it! Similar to most actions, you will improve with time and dedication. You'll soon forget what life was like before you meditated.