Teaching Hatha Yoga – Optional Tools for Yoga Meditation

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Teaching Hatha Yoga – Optional Tools for Yoga Meditation

By Sanjeev Patel, CYT 500

What tools and props might be useful for meditation? Sitting in a position that keeps the spine straight is a key element in meditation, but Paulji has also mentioned a position he refers to as “Legs Through the Chair” pose.

By elevating the lower legs through the back of a chair with an open back, the spine is straight while a student is in a supine asana. Although this is more relaxed than sitting on the floor – It isn’t easy to fall asleep when the legs are in this position because the student still has to mindfully hold the knees and hips at 90 degree angles.

Below are some other ideas for optimum Yogic meditation.

Although there is some debate on this subject. Incense (creates smoke) or oils can be used to evoke calm mental states that are beneficial for meditation.

I personally don’t like smoke, but a candle flame, or oil lamp, can symbolize your readiness to tune into the inner light.

Japa Mala beads can be used for counting during meditation. Traditional Roman Catholics often use Rosary beads, which can also be used for counting prayers, chanting, or focusing.

Fresh flowers will always lift your mind by encouraging a mood that is conducive for meditation.

A Himalayan style singing bowl, Rin gong, or a standing bell, will provide the ideal beginning or end to a period of meditation.

Mantra – a mystical symbol encased within a sound structure, a mental tool, through repetition helps the mind in its journey to transcend normal limitations.

Select your clothing carefully. Wear nothing tight or restrictive so as to be uncomfortable. Tight clothing will only make you focus on being uncomfortable. Your body temperature will drop during meditation. In some cases a robe, shawl, or blanket might be necessary to keep warm.

Meditation requires a supportive seat, zafu cushion, zabuton meditation cushions, seiza benches, meditation benches, meditation chair, a meditative stool, pillow, or a special rug. You must be comfortable to concentrate. In some cases a simple chair and a blanket may be good props for meditation.

Students need a calm, relaxed, or sacred room, where one can find inner peace.

A Yantra, which is a geometric picture used by Yogis use for focusing one’s attention during meditation.

Below are Three Basic Methods of Yoga Meditation:

Body Witnessing: Simply mindful watching and observing what is unfolding during meditation within our bodies.

Mind Witnessing: This is of the same nature, but one is witnessing one’s thoughts, emotions, and reactions to such things.

Energy Witnessing: One is witnessing the energy levels present in the body.

Hari Om Tat Sat

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