A beginner’s guide to meditation

Teacher Meditating

March 26, 2019

Meditation can train your mind to cope with stress and distractions. Getting the hang of meditation takes time, so don’t feel discouraged if you find it challenging at first. Practice makes perfect, and developing mindfulness isn’t something that happens overnight.

This guide to mediation for beginners will help you learn the basics.

What is meditation?

Dating back thousands of years, meditation is a type of mind-training designed to help practitioners reach a state of profound peace. Mainstream perceptions of meditation usually involve someone sitting on the floor in a cross-legged position, but this isn’t the only way to meditate. Whether you want to lie down, take a leisurely walk or simply sit at a table, there’s no right or wrong way to practice meditation.

Meditation techniques

Many different techniques are used in meditation, including:

  • Deep breathing
  • Mantra repetition
  • Focused attention
  • Heightened awareness of bodily sensations.

Not sure which technique is right for you? It’s important to try different approaches, as what works for one person may not have the same effect on someone else.  Finding meditation techniques that suit your state of mind can be a process of trial and error, so it’s important to practice as often as possible.

Persistence is key

Just like learning to play a musical instrument or improving your physical fitness, meditation is something you need to work at. Many people give up on meditation too easily as they don’t experience any initial benefits. But it’s not supposed to be a quick fix – it can take several months of consistent training to master the art of meditation.

Setting yourself small goals is a great way to get into the habit of making time for meditation. By practicing for just 10 minutes a day, you’ll gradually learn to become more attentive to your mental wellbeing.

Meditation at Bend & Fly

Bend & Fly offers meditation workshops at our West End yoga studio. If you’ve never tried meditation before, these workshops are perfect for beginners. Under the guidance of a certified meditation teacher, you’ll learn breathing techniques and methods for preventing toxic overload in your body and mind.

Learn more about our meditation workshops today.