Before each yoga class, I invite students to ask me anything about yoga, my practice or life as a yogi. Last night a student asked this question, "how can I stay on track with my meditation practice. It seems like I start but soon after become inconsistent."
In today's fast-paced world, finding moments of calm and inner peace can seem like an elusive dream. By making meditation a regular part of our routine, we can experience numerous benefits, from improved focus and reduced stress to enhanced well-being and a deeper connection with ourselves. That's all well and good but how in the world to I stay consistent?
Understanding the Benefits of Regular Meditation:
I know you've heard it before but restating the why gives purpose to any endeavor. Meditation offers a myriad of advantages for our mental, emotional, and physical well-being. Here are some key benefits that can be achieved through regular practice:
a) Reduced Stress and Anxiety: Meditation helps activate the relaxation response, calming the mind and reducing the production of stress hormones like cortisol. It promotes a state of relaxation and helps manage anxiety more effectively.
b) Improved Focus and Concentration: Consistent meditation enhances cognitive function, improves focus, and boosts concentration. By training our minds to stay present in the moment, we can better navigate the distractions and demands of everyday life.
c) Increased Self-Awareness: Regular meditation fosters self-reflection, allowing us to observe our thoughts, emotions, and patterns of behavior without judgment. This heightened self-awareness enables personal growth and empowers us to make conscious choices.
d) Emotional Well-being: Meditation cultivates a greater sense of inner peace, joy, and emotional resilience. It helps us develop a healthier relationship with our thoughts and emotions, promoting emotional balance and stability.
Tips for Staying on Track with Meditation:
Here's my number one advice: Sit to meditate regardless of the emotion. One of the rewards of a meditation practice is the skill to override or reaction to emotions and mindsets that do not serve us. This includes one of my favorites, the mindset of "I don't wanna do [insert task that you're putting off]." Said another way, if we wait for the inspiration to , we'll be disappointed and frustrated with our meditation practice.
Sometimes it's easier to see this in action with others. Imagine if we let our kids do their homework only when they wanted to do their homework. Or allow them to not wear a seatbelt because they didn't want to wear it. Don't even get me started on bathing everyday! We all have non-negotiables in our lives and we do them because it is the best option for our well-being regardless of how we feel about it in the moment we need to do it. Think of meditation like mental floss.
While recognizing the benefits of meditation is essential, establishing a regular practice can be challenging. Here are some strategies to help you stay on track:
a) Set Realistic Goals: Start with small, achievable goals to establish a consistent meditation routine. Begin with just a few minutes each day. Gradually increase the duration a minute at a time as you become more comfortable.
b) Create a Dedicated Space: Designate a peaceful and clutter-free area for meditation. Having a dedicated space signals your commitment to the practice, encourages a focused mindset and signals to the brain that you are going to meditate.
c) Establish a Routine: Set aside a specific time each day for meditation. Whether it's in the morning to start your day on a calm note or in the evening to unwind, consistency is key to making meditation a habit.
d) Use Guided Meditations: If you're new to meditation, guided meditations can be incredibly helpful. There are numerous apps, podcasts, and online resources available that offer guided sessions tailored to different needs and preferences.
e) Find an Accountability Partner: Partnering with a friend or family member who shares your interest in meditation can provide mutual support and accountability. Share your progress, discuss challenges, and encourage each other to stay committed.
f) Embrace Flexibility: It's natural to encounter obstacles that disrupt your meditation routine. Instead of getting discouraged, be flexible and adapt. If you miss a session, don't dwell on it. Simply resume your practice the next day without judgment.
Meditation is a powerful tool for achieving a calmer, more fulfilling life. By making it a non-negotiable part of our routine, we can reap the numerous benefits it offers. I stated some of the well-known benefits of meditation in the first paragraph but the most important benefit I have cultivated is mental fortitude. To be able to meets commitments with myself, friend and students without procrastinating or waffling saves an incredible about of energy.
Remember to set realistic goals, create a dedicated space, establish a routine, and seek support when needed. Embrace the transformative power of meditation, and embark on a journey for you and you alone.
Keep flowing and growing!
Ps. If you're ready to get your headstand in the middle of the yoga room, join me on June 10th at 1:00pm. Follow this link for all the details!
All my love,
Hello, my name is Vikky, and I am thrilled to share my passion for yoga with you. I have been teaching yoga for over 13 years in South Florida, and my journey with this ancient practice started over 37 years ago. As a registered yoga teacher and 200 Yoga School with Yoga Alliance, I hold expertise in multiple disciplines of yoga, including yogic anatomy, 500-hour yoga teacher training, yogic philosophy, and meditation. My classes are a blend of dynamic movement, breathwork, and meditation, providing a holistic experience that nurtures the mind, body, and spirit. I believe yoga is for everyone, regardless of age, fitness level, or experience. My approach is welcoming and inclusive, creating a safe and nurturing environment for all my students to explore the many benefits of yoga. Through my teachings, I hope to inspire and empower students to connect with their inner selves, cultivate mindfulness, and lead healthier, happier lives. Join me in my classes to experience the transformative power of yoga firsthand.