Meditation

Self-knowledge through mind/body awareness

The earliest mentions of meditation can be found in the Hindu Vedas (the oldest parts written c. 1700- 1100 BCE). Arguably the most influential work on Hindu yogic meditation is however a later text: Patanjali’s collection of aphorisms Yoga Sutra (compiled prior to 400 CE). Meditation is the seventh limb of Patanjali’s eight-limbed yoga and its Sanskrit term is Dhyana. In Yoga Sutra, Dhyana is a way to achieve the final and eight limb of yoga: Samadhi. Samadhi is an ecstatic and unitive state in which the meditator becomes one with the object of meditation. In other words, it is a way for the meditator to reach a union with and an understanding of the ultimate reality, as well as self-knowledge. Even though the Hindu tradition of meditation is the one most associated with yoga, it is by no means the only tradition. Several religions include some form of meditation as a way to get closer to God or enlightenment, including Buddhism, Jainism, Taoism, Bahá’í, Christianity, Judaism and Sufism. Though meditation can be found in many religions, it is not intrinsically religious. It can be used simply to relax, replenish your energy or focus the mind.
 
There are several benefits associated with meditation. Again and again, studies show that practising meditation reduces stress. It also helps us putting our lives in perspective, balancing our temper and deepening our self-knowledge. In other words, meditation is just what you need after a hard day’s work! There are several different forms of meditation. Some use mantras (repeated sounds, words or songs) to focus, others use mental images or specific movements. In others yet, you turn your attention to a specific sense or body part to stay present in the here and now. At Yogateket, we focus on meditation within the Hindu yoga and Buddhist traditions. This includes meditation with mantras, Samadhi/Shamata meditation (focused consciousness) and Metta Bhavana meditation (Loving kindness). The process of meditation develops and balances your mind and body, and is a perfect complement to active yoga.

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20 min

Yoga 15: Breath & Simple Meditation

For the next 15 minutes, all you need to do is breathe and listen. We'll take care of the rest!


5 min

Cool breathing

En fem minuters andningsövning som återställer lugnet och ger ny energi. Fungerar både som en quickfix under arbetsdagen och som introduktion till meditation eller yoga. Medveten näsandning aktiverar lugn och ro-systemet, det parasympatiska nervsystemet och bidrar till ökat fokus.
Går inte att överdosera. 

10 min

Ujjayi Pranayama

Remember walking into your first yoga class and wondering why everyone sounded like Darth Vader? Ujjayi, or “the victorious breath” serves many purposes in yoga asana practice, as well as being a powerful breathing practice of its own. In this short tutorial, learn the basic techniques for regulating your breath, allowing your time on the mat to develop into a moving mediation, with your breath reigning victorious over the chatter of the mind. 

10 min

Nadi Shodana breath

Alternate nostril breathing, or nadi shodana, is an effective way to even out the flow of energy in the body and between the two halves of the brain, bringing clarity, balance and a sense of wholeness back when we are feeling fragmented.

20 min

Loving kindness meditation

A 20 minute long "Metta Bhavana" meditation where we use words, images, and feelings to evoke a lovingkindness, friendliness and good will toward oneself and others.

Open you mind and you heart and get ready to cultivate love.

20 min

Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra is a type of meditation, where you want to lie down comfortably, preferably with some pillows and blankets. The purpose of this practice is to relax deeply both mentally and physically. While lying down, just listen to the voice guiding you thought the body. Keep your mind awake and allow the body to fall into deep relaxation.


This meditation practice is a nice one to add on to your daily yoga asana practice or finishing the day with to calm the mind before bedtime. Relax with awareness, remain effortless and consciously relax the body and the mind.