One of the most challenging parts of yoga for beginners is achieving and mastering meditation. Meditation is essential in yoga practices because it is the heart and soul of the exercise. The mind is a powerful tool and if we find a way to achieve a perfect state of meditation, we can then get the most out of yoga. However, there are many distractions that interfere and Successful Meditation Tips can help and walk you through finding the path to an accomplished meditation. This article, Kundalini Yoga for Beginners: 5 Tips for Successful Meditation, is a helpful reference to achieve a successful meditation especially for beginners.
1. Correct alignment
So often when I lead meditations, someone will say their back hurts. Sometimes I even say that to myself. Much of the time it is incorrect alignment of the body while sitting that is the culprit. We slouch. We slack. We never really learn to sit on the ground properly in modern western life. You need to support the natural curve in your spine to maintain a strong core structure. Often something as simple as sitting on a pillow even 1 1/2 inches high to raise your tailbone off the floor can provide the necessary curve in the spine to give you a strong structure. Guru Prem Singh, author of Divine Alignment, is known as the Posture Master. His book can help you to understand the mechanics of your own body and how to support them. It’s also important to note that the stronger your core muscles, the muscles of your navel center, the less your body muscles have to work to keep you erect when sitting. You can do a few minutes of Stretch Poseeveryday to help develop your core muscles. Once your body is in a natural position, it will be easier to maintain it during meditation without moving.
2. Support your limbs
Don’t leave your limbs hanging. If you sit in easy pose with your legs crossed and your knees are up in the air, then your hips are tight. You’ll likely hunch your back to help your hips hold up your knees. Support yourself! Put pillows or blocks under your knees to prevent them from dangling and take the strain off your hips and back. If you have severe back problems, try using a backjack, or sitting in a chair. If you do sit in a chair, make sure both of your feet are flat on the floor (and take your shoes and socks off, to maximize the energy flow between you and the earth.) Using a meditation cushion may shift your pelvis into a comfortable position as well.
3. Warm up the body
The purpose of physical yoga is to prepare the body for meditation. Ancient yogis developed kriya and asana not only as a way to keep the body healthy and increase longevity, but also to increase circulation and prana, so that they could sit in meditation for longer periods of time. Ever seen a hyperactive child after they’ve run around all day? They practically pass out. That’s partly what happens to your mind after a particularly strenuous kriya. Your mind settles down and its easier to go into deep meditation. Doing a kriya prior to meditation can also help with leg tingling and other signs of reduced circulation.
4. Cover your spine and head
Keeping the spine warm during meditation helps the Kundalini energy rise and also helps contain the energy you build up during meditation in the body. Covering the head focuses the energy in your body up to the crown chakra and makes it much easier to meditate without mental distraction from outside sources. Our heads are very energetically sensitive. Try different types of head coverings out until you find one that works best for you. Turbans are most highly recommended, but bandanas, headscarves, or head wraps can also work. Try meditating with a shawl and headcover and see if you go deeper.
5. Find music that makes your heart sing
Many Kundalini yoga meditations require music or mantra with them. Find a version of the mantra required for that meditation that really uplifts and inspires you. You might listen to 3 or 4 versions before you find one that resonates with you. The right yoga music can make all the difference in meditation. One personal favorite is Snatam Kaur. If you haven’t heard her music yet, listen and see if it doesn’t move you to the core.
Our meditation success is not an easy task to pull off, but if we practice and incorporate it in our daily yoga exercise, we will eventually reach a perfect meditation state. We also need to keep our minds focused on our goals in order for us not to get distracted. Distractions will always be present around us but if we follow these successful meditation tips, we will surely overcome the challenges we encounter in meditating.