Yoga & Meditation: The Silent Benefit to your Training
Yoga is the relationship of breath and movement. Yoga has been described as “a Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline, a part of which including breath and control, simple meditation and the adoption of specific bodily postures, is widely practiced for health and relaxation”.
Meditation is the practice where an individual trains the mind or induces a mode of consciousness, either to realize some benefit or for the mind to simply acknowledge it’s content without becoming identified with that content or as an end in itself.
Yoga and Meditation
Yoga and meditation go hand in hand. Yoga is an active state of meditation, and the benefits of both practices to both your physical body as well as spiritual one marry together perfectly, regardless of who you are and what sport you train for.
The first few minutes of a good yoga class will begin with a focus on breathing practice. Tuning out everything around you and allowing your whole body to sit in peace, relax and send all of your thought and awareness into your inhale and then your exhale.
Deepening your inhale…7, 8,9, 10 seconds. HOLD. Open your mouth and slowly exhale all the air…..7,8,9,10, empty lungs HOLD. And again…hold, and again…. until all of your attention is drawn inward, on nothing but what you were born with, and all that matters… your breath.
This is a state of meditation, of bliss, of nothingness and everything all at once. This is YOGA. This is MEDITATION.
Taking 60 to 90 minutes everyday, or even every few days to turn inwards in a world that has our attention pulled outwards and in so many directions is not only great for our mind to have a sense of relaxation and non-thought, but the physical benefits of the practice runs a list a mile long.