Mediation has much more to offer than just helping you de-stress. Studies have proven that people who involve themselves in regular mediation are less likely to have health issues than those who do not meditate.
Meditation is a state where you get to know your inner self. It does not offer any instant benefit. The saying ‘slow and steady wins the race’ is perfectly applicable for Indian meditation. It heals you and purifies you physically, mentally, and spiritually.
There are various ways of practicing Indian meditation. It is simple and easy to learn and practice.
Practicing Indian Meditation:
Each and every step of this meditation technique needs to be followed with utmost precision if you really want this to work. Let’s learn the ways to practice the Indian meditation:
1. Sit In Erect Position:
You can sit anywhere, in any position of your choice. But the ideal seated positions for mediation would either be Padmasana [The Lotus Pose] or Sukhasana [The Easy Pose]. The people with knee issues could opt for sitting on a chair, while the feet rest flat on the floor. Keep your spine and head erect, wherever you are sitting, while the hands rest on the thighs, palms facing the ceiling. Fold the palms, allowing your fingers to be shaped into Yoga Mudra.
2. Let The Body Relax:
Inhale slowly and deeply with your nose, and expel equally powerfully and slowly with the nose, which makes one round. Do 5 such rounds and let your body relax. To complete, indulge in one round of normal breathing.
3. Do Nadi Suddhi:
Nadi Shuddhi in Sanskrit means purifying the energy channels. This is an important step in this meditation technique that allows complete relaxation of the body and senses.
How to Do Nadi Suddhi?
Follow the below steps to do Nadi Suddhi:
- Close your eyes.
- Relax the entire muscles of your body.
- Focus on each and every breath of yours.
- Lift your right hand and shape the fingers into Pranayama Mudra. [The thumb, ring finger, and small finger will be stretched out while the index finger and middle fingers rest on the palms.]
- Let the left palm remain in Yoga Mudra.
- Using the right thumb, close the right nostril completely.
- Using the small finger and ring finger of the right hand, close the left nostril.
- Relax the right thumb allowing the opening of right nostril.
- Exhale completely, while keeping the left nostril closed.
- Now, inhale deeply via the right nostril and quickly close it with the thumb.
- Relax the ring and small fingers to open the left nostril.
- Exhale completely via the left nostril.
- Keeping the right nostril closed, inhale deeply via the left nostril.
- Blocking the left nostril now, open the right nostril, exhale slowly and completely.
This makes one round of Nadi Shuddi Pranayama. Do at least 10 such rounds to ensure that your body is ready to enter into the world of meditation.
4. Empty Your Mind:
This is a tough task, if you have just started meditating. Just let your mind wander as long as it can and then slowly thrash away all those unwanted thoughts. Your mind will slowly become empty as you focus just on your breathing pattern – how deep it is and how many times you breathe in a second.
5. Chant Om:
Om is known as the Pranavakara. The buzzing sound it makes has a huge impact on the brain. Slowly start chanting Om. It should be really deep, something like “OOOOOoooooooooooommmmmm”. Take a deep inhalation to your maximum possible extent and as you exhale, chant this wonder word. It will be like a buzzing bee. This sound will reverberate. Keep it as high pitched as possible to intensify the benefits.
Keep doing this. Start with 10 minutes a day and slowly extend the duration of meditation over a period of time.
Tips For Practicing Indian Meditation:
Here are given few tips to practice the Indian meditation:
- Start slowly. You cannot be perfect in one day. Go slow. Do it for just 10 minutes a day. 10 minutes because before you start the actual mediation you will spend about 5 minutes to relax yourself.
- Meditate every day. This is essential to improve the intensity and duration of your mediation.
- Sit in an erect position always. It is essential to energize the chakras by detoxifying them.
- Keep your body relaxed. A tensed, stressed out, alarmed mind can never indulge in meditation.
- Do not worry if you are not able to concentrate during the initial stages. It is tough, but possible. So, keep practicing.
Indian meditation is a technique that gives you loads of benefits—for the health of your body, mind, and soul! So, keep practicing with patience and see the results.
Do you meditate? What is your way of meditating? Candle mediation, guided meditation, or the Indian way? Share with us in the comments section below.