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5 Tips for Preparing for Meditation before Yoga
Find a quiet, uncluttered space
As you may already be aware, finding a quiet and peaceful space is key for successful meditation. When you are meditating, you want to be free from any distractions that might pull your attention away from your practice.
If possible, find a spot in your home or outside where you can sit undisturbed for at least 15-20 minutes. If this is not feasible, try finding a time of day when there are usually fewer distractions.
Stretch and loosen your body
Before you begin any type of yoga or meditation practice, it’s important to take the time to stretch your body. This will help prepare your muscles for the work they will be doing and can also help prevent injury.
A few gentle stretches that are especially helpful before meditation are the Child’s Pose, Half Camel, and Cat-Cow. You can find yoga poses to do specifically for mediation here.
Set an intention
When you set an intention for your practice, you are creating a focus or goal to strive for. This can be something as simple as “I will stay present throughout my meditation” or “I will let go of all anger and anxiety today.”
Having an intention to focus on during your practice can help you stay more engaged and connected. You can either set this intention before you begin, or choose one that comes up during your meditation.
In order to get the most out of your yoga and meditation practice, it’s important to focus on your breath. When you breathe deeply and steadily, it helps to calm the mind and connect you more with your body.
You can practice deep breathing by counting each inhale and exhale, or by focusing on the sensations of your breath as it moves in and out of your body.
Focus on a mantra
A mantra is a word or phrase that you repeat during your meditation practice. This can be something that is personal to you, or it can be a traditional mantra such as “Om” or “So Hum.”
When you focus on a mantra, it helps to quiet the mind and create a sense of calm. You can either say the mantra out loud or silently to yourself.
Now that you know some of the best ways to prepare for meditation before yoga, it’s time to give it a try. Dedicate yourself to regular practice and soon you will start to see the benefits in both your yoga and meditation practices. Namaste.