Self-knowledge through mind/body awareness

The earliest mentions of meditation can be found in the Hindu Vedas (the oldest parts are 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 limbs 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.

1 Program

2 weeks

Two Week Meditation Program

Guided meditation suitable for beginners and experienced meditators alike.  Begin a meditation practice or deepen an existing one.

Meditation or mindfulness practice can help you improve pretty much every aspect of your life.  By connecting to the present we bring great benefit to our mind and body.

We begin right now, and right where you are.  

1 Challenge

3 weeks

21 Day Meditation

This 21-day meditation is the perfect challenge to give yourself. Accessible and no experience needed. We start right at the beginning and gradually develop it. Ever thought about meditating, now is the time. Be kind to yourself, meditate for ten minutes a day.

Meditation can help you to concentrate, be present, calm your mind, sleep better, feel better, basically improve every function of how your brain operates. If the brain and nervous system are happier, this is also great news for the body!

5 Classes

15 min

Meditation for A Restless Mind

In this 15 min meditation, Sofia introduces you to a seated Sun Salutation and a concentration exercise called focus 12. It is designed to fit a restless mind or a beginner to meditation. 
30 min

Deep Relaxation

The purpose of this class is real, deep relaxation.  Nourishing your nervous system and replenishing your energy.

We use a mixture of simple meditation and hatha yoga techniques, including some kriyas (which are defined as cleansing exercises - cleansing to the nervous system).

By working with our bodies with an intelligence and understanding of the nervous system we can all bring ourselves to deep relaxation.

5 min

Take 5 Minutes, Meditate and Breathe

Take 5 minutes, meditate and breathe, that is what it takes some time to get calm, relaxed and grounded.

Sofia is using the focus 12 meditation technique in this short meditation. Come back anytime to get grounded and calm.

Bookmark this class and come back anytime you need a breathing break. 

Rechaka - Puraka

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.

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.