Yoga meditation means some meditations technique based on the tradition of Yota. It was originated from ancient period and the highest level of purifying the mind and self-awareness.
Ancient Yoga meditation divides the practices into behavior rules (Yama and Niya), the physical states (asana), breathing practice(pranayama), and contemplation meditation (pratyahara, dharana, dhyana, samadhi).
Yoga meditation is the ancientest meditation in the world. It is also the meditation which involves various practices.
The following describes some popular practices in Yoga meditation. The most popular kind of Yoga meditation is the third eye meditation.
The Third Eye Meditation (or The Shambhavi Mudra)
This is an ancient meditation technique that will help you focus on your third eye chakra (Ajna chakra). It directs the energy to the chakra in order to stimulate and activate the third eye. It also has another name as the “Eyebrow Gazing Mudra”. This means you have to turn your eyes upward so that they are looking directly at the spot between your eyebrows at the location of the third eye chakra. Your continuous concentration points at this position, as the way to keep your mind quiet and silent.
It is the most popular technique of Yoga meditation and the simple technique to focus the mind, which increases your concentration and mental clarity.
Some Useful Tips before Practicing Third Eye Meditation
Like others meditation, you sit in a comfortable position in a quiet room. You can choose to sit cross-legged on the floor or in a chair, it is up to you. No matter which position you choose, you need to remember to sit up with the straight back, lightly closed-eyes, relaxed shoulders and your chest open.
Let you choose the most appropriate time in your schedule to meditate. Do not eat too much before meditating, too.
Spend 30 seconds to stretch your body before beginning meditation.
Later, put your hand resting in on the knees and relax all your body: the face, jaw, and belly. Your tongue rests on the roof of the mouth, behind the front teeth.
How to Practice The Third Eye Meditation
First of all, you start to breathe in and breath out smoothly and deeply through the nose with closed eyes. Let you try to focus on your breathing. In this period, let you try to look up at the space between the eyebrows – the center of your forehead. You have to focus your mind and concentration on this spot and look for a while or indigo blue light to appear. If you are not able to get in touch with the third eye immediately, it is not necessary to worry.
Then, if you realize that your thought arises in your mind, you should let them go and bring your mind back to concentrate on the third eyes.
It is time for you to access the third eye. At the moment your third eye is activated, you will feel your brain is relaxed but functioning at a new level. You will be aware of the energy around you and be able to focus on an object or an image strongly in your mind. Every people will experience the various effect of the third eye. Maybe, you can see the image of nature, people, or evenly a total strange atmosphere that you have never ever seen before.
Continuously, let you stay your focus on the third eye for 10-20 minutes. You should immerse yourself in the world of the effect of the third eye.
Finally, you move your eyes away from the third eye by becoming more aware of your breath. You end this meditation session by opening your eyes slowly and keep calm for some minutes before standing up.
Charka Meditation means the meditators concentrate on one in the seven chakras of the body. “Chakra” is also called the “center of energy”. In Vedas, “Chakra” is a Sanskrit word represents the “wheel” or the center of power for keeping things running smoothly.
According to the Chakra meditation’s doctrine, there are seven chakras in the human’s body. These chakras act as the network through which your mind, body, and spirit interact as one system.
While the meditators practice Chakra meditation, they usually imagine the pictures and use a special mantra for each chakra. For more details, they can repeat each mantra aloud or silently. Each mantra has a specific meaning and affects your mind, body, and spirit.
1. The Root Chakra (or Muladhara)
It is the first chakra and at the base of the chakra system. It also lays the foundation for expansion in your life. The Root Chakra also represents the survival, safety, grounding and support for living our lives.
2. The Sacral Chakra (or Svahisthana)
This is the second chakra which is associated with water. Its energy offers direct access to flow, flexibility, and happiness. It is called the creativity and sexual chakra. The word “Svahisthana” also means “the dwelling place of the self”. So, people believe that when the Sacral chakra is in the balanced state, the meditators will be in the feeling of wellness, abundance, pleasure, and joy.
3. The Solar Plexus Chakra (or Manipura)
The third chakra is located in the area of the navel and solar plexus. It refers to the self-esteem, confidence, and willpower. When the Manipura keeps balance, it allows you to control over your thoughts and emotional responses, and be at peace with yourself.
4. The Heart Chakra (or Anahata)
The Heart Chakra represents the compassion, love, and beauty. This fourth chakra is also known as the balance point of seven chakras. It helps us determine our values, belief, and ethics as well as how well we accept ourselves and those around us.
5. The Throat Chakra (or Visuddha)
The fifth chakra is the communication center. People believe that if a person who has a balanced Throat Chakra can express themselves well, especially in a verbal manner. And this is the way of inspired creativity, seeking and sharing of the truth.
6. The Third Eye Chakra (or Ajna)
This sixth chakra is the center of intuition and foresight. It is related to the “Supreme Element” – the combination of all the elements in their pure form. It refers to our ability to focus on and see the overall picture.
7. The Crown Chakra (or Sahasrara)
The seventh chakra is on the very top of the head and on the highest top of the “chakra ladder”. It shows our ability to be fully connected spiritually. If the chakra is not balanced or blocked, all the other chakras and your mind will suffer.
Practicing the chakra meditation will help the meditators to keep balance within their body and mind. Taking time to stimulate the seven chakras will assist the body to clear the illness and take control of your state of well-being.
Gazing meditation (Trataka)
In this type of meditation, you look at one specific object outside, for example, a candle, or a picture, or a symbol (yantra). You open your eyes, then close your eyes, and improve both the concentration and the visual power of your mind. After closing your eyes, you need to keep the image of the object in the “Mind’s Eye”.
This is a very complicated meditation. Its purpose is to awake the “Kundalini’s Power” deep inside your spine. This is the place where hide the spiritual power in your body, and finally, the enlightenment. It is very dangerous to practice this kind without a guide from qualified Yogi master.
Pranayama concentrates on the breath. It is a great practice to keep your mind calm and prepare for the meditation. There are many types of Pranayama, but the easiest practice is the method 4-4-4-4. It means, when you breathe in, you count from 1 to 4, then you hold your breath in 4 seconds. Next, you breathe out in 4 seconds and keep your lounge empty in 4 seconds. Let you breathe by your nose, and flow your breath into your stomach (not chest).
The above list just shows the most popular types of Yoga meditation. We will discover each kind of Yoga meditation in others articles.