For yoga beginner, mastery over meditative asana is must to reach higher stage of yoga. Himalayan yogis well understood the connection of mind, breath and awareness to reach thoughtless state of mind, which is known as meditation. Time has changed, but meditation is timeless inner yoga to explore many layers of mind and to connect with divinity.
As you peel-off many layers of mind while meditating, you understand your worth and your connection to cosmic consciousness. Meditation techniques facilitate you to familiarize with hidden treasure-trove of peace, happiness and contentment. Yoga and meditation retreat explore many layers of mind by disconnecting with sensory world.
Asanas and pranayams are stepping-stones to reach “dharana” & “dhyana” (concentration and meditation). If you are novice, start with yoga stretching which helps you to remove blockages from stiff body. The yogic breathing purifies your inner channels of energy. Once you get mastery over your body and mind, then you can start practicing concentration & meditation.
For meditation beginner, it is advisable to use add-ons. These are modified techniques of meditation frequently used in many yoga schools to suit modern meditation-seekers. It will help them to disconnect with outer world and tame the wandering mind. These are:
Cotton balls : Place soft cotton balls at ear’s opening to create inner silence zone. No voice or outer sound will reach into your ears; the mind will flow with your meditation.
Eye-shades : Outer world disappearance opens all doors to inner world of meditation. Eye-shades create veil between you and world. It also stops all fluctuations in mind.
Dark room : Your meditative room should be small, tidy and dark. The concept of dark room is to sustain your individual dimension and prevent it from being influenced by outer dimension.
Focus & concentration : Never jump directly into meditation. Start with focus, attention to develop your concentration. One-pointed concentration soon blossoms into meditation.
You need continuous practice under constant guidance of guru. As you practice more and more, you cross-over all the obstacles and start experiencing meditation.
If there are rigidness & complications in your body, you wouldn’t be able to sit for long period. Practice mild asanas to stretch and relax your body.
The garbage of sensuality accumulated in your mind can’t be erased in a day. You have to purify your mind by constant awareness.
The mind remained occupied in fearful past thoughts and uncertainty of future. It creates troubles in mind which mars your meditation session.
Family/friends/children are all attachments which occupied your mind and create troubles. Cut all the strings of bondage.
You need favorable environment, right time and convenient place for the practice of meditation. The best months for yoga & meditation retreat in Rishikesh are from October to March. If you like to practice at your home, morning/evening time is best. For daily meditation practice at home, choose the time when you are not in hurry and the mind remains peaceful & relaxed.