The yogic lifestyle in incomplete without the faculty of meditation. Meditation is described in details in Hatha Yoga under the section of Nadanusandhan or simply put Lay Yoga. In Raj Yoga Patanjali has provided us with different stages in meditation experienced by the sadhak based upon his/her level of practice.
On the very upfront meditation is regarded as a method of aligning the mental tendencies. Ordinarily mind is supposed to wonder, swirl and swing, and oscillate from one state to other. This gives rise to scattered experience in a person’s life and too much energy is consumed to cope with the effects and side effects of such experiences.
Meditation seeks to regulate the nature of mind to fall for object oriented tendencies and remain unaffected by the change in the outer environment. The result is a tranquil state of being and harmony at the level of thoughts and emotions.
At Jeevmoksha, we consider meditation as an important aspect and a necessity for modern living. Classes are focused on teaching certain techniques to the students which they can use in several situations in their lives as well use them in their classes if they decide to teach at any point.
1. SoHam : This is a traditional form of meditating on breath and incorporating the mantra SO & HAM. The incoming breath is with the sound of SO and outgoing breath is with the sound of HAM. This combination of breath, sound and visualization provides a comfortable base for the mind to rest upon. Thus the wavering nature can be transformed into stability and calmness.
2. Yoga Nidra : This is also called the psychic sleep. Evolved as a very strong technique to achieve deep relaxation, Yoga Nidra is a journey to the subconscious states of mind. Nidra as popularly know as sleep takes a different role here, whereby the person enters into a tranquil state where all the physical and mental stimulation are almost passive. The awareness is led through instructions, from one point to other, without any forced transitions. With continuation of practice a person becomes capable of heightening the awareness so as to experience the deeper aspect of mind which are generally hidden in the conscious behavior. The benefits fetched are diverse from physical to spiritual. This technique is vividly used for behavior modifications and transformations, treating phobias and neurosis, as well in general for getting desired relaxation after a long exhausting schedule of work. Yoga nidra is practiced at least twice every week so as to make students familiar and established into the practice.
3. Musical Meditations : Meditating on live classical single instrumental music can be a remarkable experience. At Jeevmoksha we have routine musical evening meditations on live flute. Every session includes one single Raga from the classical Indian music system, which is most conducive to develop the meditative states in the practitioners.
Apart from the above, some other techniques from Raj yoga are taught to give students an exposure into the vast dimension of yogic meditation called Dhyaan.