Before yoga teacher training, I practiced yoga for 5 years without realizing that yoga was a part of something much greater than the physical practice. Since graduating from YTT, I’m determined to introduce more aspects of yoga into my life. Currently, I’m working to improve my meditation practice.
Over the past few months, I’ve been trying to develop a consistent meditation practice. It has been challenging for me to get started and I often find myself getting distracted. There are so many different ways to mediate and it is important to find a practice that works best for you so that you stay consistent. Below are a few strategies that I’ve been using to encourage myself to mediate more.
Create a personal meditation space
Setting up a meditation space in your home is important. Whether you redesign a corner of a room or have a few yoga blocks that you can arrange in a comfortable seat for yourself, find something that works well for you! These days, I enjoy sitting on my yoga mat on one block. Having my seating arrangements already in place is one less thing I have to worry about once I decide to meditate. If sitting isn’t your thing, I suggest trying a walking meditation. Since many of us are spending more time at home and likely seated for most of the day, a walking mediation allows us to get some fresh air and meditate while moving.
You can choose guided or unguided meditations and/or incorporate music
I’ve realized that it’s hard for me to sit in silence and meditate because I easily become distracted by my own thoughts. One minute, I’m meditating and the next, I’m making a grocery list. I’ve been opting for guided meditations recently because having something to concentrate on and a voice to listen to on keeps me from drifting into my thoughts.
Schedule a time to meditate
As the day goes on, I notice that my motivation to do anything starts to wane. After dinner, I start to slow down and prepare for bed. If I meditate too close to bed, I may fall asleep in the middle of meditating! Planning to meditate in the morning, afternoon, or early evening works better for me because I know that putting something off until after dinner means I won’t do it. Knowing when you have motivation during the day will help you select optimal times to meditate.
Eat and drink before meditating
Meditating while hungry does not work for me at all. If my stomach is growling, I become overly focused on that sound and then start thinking about what I’m going to eat later. Ensuring that you aren’t hungry or thirsty before you set out to meditate will alleviate some distractions.
There are so many benefits to meditating, from increased concentration to decreased stress! I hope you create a routine that works best for you!