(or attempt to)
One of the greatest gifts I have gotten from my yoga teachers and practice was to learn to meditate. Asanas, the yoga poses, are important to get the kinks out of the body, strengthen the areas that are weak, and open up the areas that are tight and bound; however, the poses are really a prep for the primary practice which is the meditation. When we sit and quiet the mind daily, we are building a reservoir of peace and calm to help us to cope in life with all of the ups and downs. It enables us to stay centered and clear. In order to meditate, follow these three steps:
1. Sit with the spine tall.
2. Close the eyes
3. Bring the attention to the mid-brain area and silently repeat the mantra mang (pronounced mung) to quiet all of the mental chatter then just be. Sit 5-20 minutes.
The hardest part is getting started. When we quiet the mental chatter, or even attempt to do so, we can see who we really are beyond the commotion of mind and it is from this place where we are able to make the best choices and to gain perspective on life, ourselves and others.
“Meditation can give you that which nothing else can give you. It introduces you to yourself.”
To join Jean at one of her meditation workshops, check out her site, and her schedule at ISHTA yoga in NYC.
About the Author: Jean Koerner (www.jeankoerner.com) began practicing yoga in New York City in 1988, and is now a senior teacher of ISHTA (integrated sciences of hatha, tantra, and ayurveda) Yoga (http://www.ishtayoga.com/). Jean has used yoga to recover from a back injury, and avoided a second surgery in 1993 with the help of her daily yoga practice. Formerly a co-owner of Be Yoga Studios in Manhattan with her teacher Alan Finger, Jean developed and implemented a teacher training program for 2 major yoga studios in New York (Be Yoga and Yoga Works) which both gained a solid reputation among yoga teacher trainings. She is a teacher of teachers. Jean, considered a “Yoga authority” on iyoga Life, is currently director of the Workshop Program at ISHTA Yoga, teaches in NYC, and has been featured in many magazines highlighting her yoga career and in over 30 television episodes of “Yoga Zone” which were broadcast nationally and are currently available as retail dvds. Jean’s blog “Equilibrium” for Happiness Series explores ways to find balance and equipoise in life.