The physical practice of yoga is a form of meditation, and its purpose is to unite the body, mind, and spirit. During the practice, the practitioner works to move into a deep and meaningful state of mindful awareness. By focusing the power of mindful attention, yoga encourages its practitioners to tap into an innate source of self-healing wisdom. Through the process of regular practice, practitioners learn to identify and regulate emotional states, foster resilience and cultivate balance in their relationships with themselves and others.
For thousands of years, meditation has been an integral practice for many cultures around the world. From East Asia to the Middle East, meditation was and still is seen as a way to reach enlightenment, happiness, spiritual insight, and increased concentration. This ancient practice can help people de-stress and increase their level of happiness.
Meditation is the practice of focusing one’s attention inward, sometimes on a particular thought or sensation, in an effort to alter or improve mental functioning. Meditation has been practiced for centuries throughout the world and has many health benefits. It can be done sitting, standing, walking, or lying down - but it is often most effective when done without distraction.
Winter Solstice Meditation
Find a space where you will be undisturbed. Give yourself at least 21 minutes. Sit comfortably, for you - whether that's in a chair with your feet planted firmly on the ground, or cross-legged with your hips propped up on a bolster. You'll be still for awhile, so ensure you're comfortable.
The Vagablog is a combination of my wild adventures (traveling, overlanding, hiking) and tools for living a more balanced life (meditations, yoga, self care).