Would learning to do meditation yoga techniques create more peace for your body-mind?

Yoga and meditation both demonstrate how the mind and body are interdependent. If you relax the body with yoga, the mind will get the hint, too. If you calm the mind with meditation, then the body can let go as well.

You can find dozens and probably hundreds of yoga and meditation techniques. And you can rest assured that the people offering each and every one of them will say that their technique is the fastest road to doing splits or becoming enlightened or becoming enlightened while doing the splits.

I can pick up any New Age magazine in my town and find Core Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Power Yoga, Bikram Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Hot Yoga, Kriya Yoga, yoga for children, yoga for pregnant women and doggie yoga… yes, doggie yoga, I’m not kidding. And my town isn’t even a large one.

Since yoga is so popular, I keep scanning the grocery for the section called yogurt for yoga. Or the Costco for yoga or Sam's Yoga - you know, where you can get yoga wholesale and in bulk.

In the same way, even a quick search for meditation in my town will offer me meditation for teens, meditation for parents, Hindu meditations, Kabbalistic Jewish meditation, Christian meditation, Buddhist meditation…. And since Americans are so fond of quick and easy solutions, I’m surprised there aren’t any meditation pills out there yet.

My primary point is that with so many types of yoga and meditation techniques, whether it’s attempting to be compassionate toward those you don't like, observing your thoughts, staring at a candle flame, or repeating a word over and over again, the main temptations are either trying to find out which one is really the best, or just giving up and sitting down in front of the nearest TV.

Trust me, I'm an avid practitioner of the TV meditation technique, in which I gaze mindlessly, without attachment, at pictures moving on the screen for hours at a time.

But if you hope to find more calm or spiritual insight or peace of mind and you are pulled to try meditation or yoga, just start anywhere and trust your own experiences. You’ll know if it’s working for you or not. You don't need to depend on a teacher to tell you, "You just need more practice, or maybe more yoga meditation classes, or a yoga meditation retreat."

If you find that whatever practice you chose isn’t yielding results after a short period of time, or whatever results you do get wear off quickly, don’t think this means there is some problem with you. It could very well mean that you have yet to find a practice that is compelling enough to maintain your interest. And if your meditation yoga practice can’t hold your interest, it could end up being an additional source of suffering in your life rather than a source of the peace you are seeking.

Author's Bio: 

Steven Sashen began meditation when he was eight years old, was one of the first biofeedback pioneers, and researched cognition and perception at Duke University. In addition to a successful career as an entrepreneur and entertainer, Steven has taught transformational techniques around the world and developed the Instant Advanced Meditation Course, which Dr. Gay Hendricks calls, "Perhaps the fastest and easiest way to relax, expand awareness, and find deep inner-peace."

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