If you’re a beginning meditator, although there’s plenty of information on how to practice meditation, what is sometimes hard to find is information on specific types of meditation practices and what they are helpful for. It is important to note that there’s no real right way to practice meditation. The point is to find some internal reflecting practice that allows you to gently place your focus on pure awareness. That is, the space of consciousness without attachment. The space that allows you to simply become aware of your thoughts, emotions, feelings, and bodily sensations.
Although originally written for those suffering with the holiday blues, checkout this Planet Green post on 8 yoga and meditation practices to keep you calm. What’s great about the post is Sara Novak’s detailed description on why each practice works when it comes to relieving stress and anxiety. Remember with each pose to bring your conscious awareness to your mind, body, and breath.
1. Alternative Nostril Breathing–Nadi Sodhana (in Sanskrit)
Close the right nostril, leaving the left one open and inhale, then close the left nostril and open the right, and exhale. Continue this same pattern on each side for eight more breaths.
Why it works: Alternative nostril breathing almost immediately calms down the nervous system. It is also said to balance the thoughts and provide clarity so it’s great to do before you’re about to see family that you haven’t seen in a while, especially those relationships that may cause tension.
See Novak’s other meditation and yoga practices for stress and anxiety relief here.