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by Bridget Meditation by Camille CorotI remind my students often that the yoga practice I’m teaching isn’t about moving our people into a particular shape or following instructions well, but instead it’s an internal exploration, a knowing of the body as well as the spirit from within. I’ve written before in Is Meditation Really for Everyone ? about not being much of a meditator, and hitherto I think this internal practice of yoga has become my chassis of meditation. But writing the blog announce got me looking around for more information about studying well. One of the first uprights I read through when I started as copy editor of the blog in 2013 was Ram Rao’s Achieving Stillness in Turbulent Situations. I’ve repeated specific areas of it over the years, but this is the first time I actually examined back and reread it. I remember that what caught my notice was the idea that we could find stillness and calm inside, even in embarrassing situations. Here’s the place I specially mentioned: No doubt, it is peaceful and rejuvenating to study in a salubrious environment, but is it always possible to expect such serene adjacents? My grandfather insisted that we practice reflection in the railway station( how much tougher could it get ?). That’s because meditation can be done in a challenging environment. If it is a noisy environment, you can plug your ears, or if the chamber is freezing, you can put on various beds of drapes to ward off the coldnes. But retain physical comforts have not yet been frontiers. How far would you go to get comfortable physically in order to achieve that stillness in attention? Rereading this reminded me of a podcast I recently be interested to hear on Nick Wignall’s Minds and Mics podcast. The podcast What Is Mindfulness, Really? with Daron Larson was a exchange between Nick and Daron about Daron’s decades-long practice of Mindfulness Meditation. They discussed why reflection is so challenging for many of us, and why we should keep trying anyway. Daron said that mindfulness is paying attention on purpose, deepening how you relate to everyday times. People are motivated to exercise their bodies because they’re stymie by specific aspects of their own health or the channel they look in the reflect. Similarly, beings get forestalled with how they’re relating with themselves and “peoples lives”, and are looking for something to change that. A reflection rule schools you to pause–more often than never. I especially liked Daron’s observation that someone wanting to get in shape will sometimes get on a treadmill for a passage. They’re not guiding on the treadmill to get better at feeing on the treadmill. Similarly, practicing formal musing isn’t to get better at sitting in meditation, it’s practice for being more mindful in the future. It’s a no-lose game that sometimes feels like a no-win game. It’s actually hard work. Meditation is not relaxation; it’s becoming intimately aware of what it’s like to be alive. That’s a meaning that I can take into my asana practice. In fact, I have a quote glued to my yoga binder that says, “Don’t practice yoga to get better at yoga; rehearsal yoga to to be all right at living.” For me, asana practice is a form of moving meditation that encourages mindfulness. And that mindfulness is the same kind of mindfulness Daron talks about in the podcast, I’m exactly coming at it from a different slant. In Nina’s post Coming to Your Senses in Yoga Poses, she explains how interoception, our ability to feel what’s happening inside our torsoes, can be used to explore the sentiment as well. She even quotes our coach Donald Moyer, who said “Feeling an adjustment is accumulation. Feeling the adjustment ripple through your form is meditation.”

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