The Forgotten Pillar of Yoga

mindfulness Jan 16, 2024

The Forgotten Pillar of Yoga: Rediscovering Meditation


There is an often overlooked, but crucial aspect of yoga — meditation. In the whirlwind of modern yoga practices, meditation seems to have taken a backseat. 

Meditation: A Core of Yoga Lost in Time

Yoga, thousands of years ago, was synonymous with meditation — sitting down and delving into the depths of the mind. Yet, in contemporary times, this central element seems to have faded. Why has the quiet, introspective practice of meditation become a rarity in the modern yoga landscape?

My personal journey began with Tibetan meditation during my time in Hong Kong - and we called it yoga. This experience led me many years later to incorporate meditation into my 500-hour program, recognizing its indispensable role in a holistic yoga practice. This is an outlier in modern yoga teacher trainings.

The Misconceptions of Meditation

There's a common misconception that meditation is about feeling good or comfortable. However, similar to a challenging yoga class, meditation is about confronting and embracing our inner turmoil. It's about developing an open, compassionate attentiveness to life’s diverse experiences, regardless of their nature.

You see, at its core, meditation in yoga is not about achieving a special state of mind or acquiring extraordinary abilities. It's about cultivating stability and steadfastness amidst life’s unpredictability. By practicing meditation, we train ourselves to remain calm and centered, regardless of external circumstances

The Transformative Power of Stillness

Meditation is akin to training the mind, much like training a loyal pet. It's not about escaping from reality but confronting it with openness and resilience. In the quietude of meditation, we learn to observe our thoughts and emotions without judgment, leading to profound self-awareness and inner stability.

Embracing the Unpredictable with Meditation

In these times of uncertainty and constant change, meditation becomes an anchor. It allows us to cultivate a sense of calmness and equanimity, essential qualities to navigate the complexities of modern life. Meditation isn't an escape; it's a way to fully engage with the present moment, accepting whatever it brings.

Conclusion: Reviving Meditation in Modern Yoga

As we continue to explore and practice yoga, I invite you to jump into meditation — a practice of being present, aware, and steadfast - no matter what is going on in your mind, your life.

Whether you're new to meditation or looking to deepen your practice, remember that it's about finding stability within, amidst the ever-changing tides of life. That is a tool we all need.

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