If you are lucky enough to be young and have parents or a support group who promote the importance of a relationship with self, you are probably already practicing yoga and meditation. However, if you are like most of us, you need a little kick in the butt to get going.
When it comes to yoga and meditation, it’s not uncommon for those in their 30’s to be enjoying these two healing practices. Let’s face it, when you are in your teens and 20’s you are given plenty of reasons to focus outside of yourself for salvation. Normally, those in their 30’s begin to get the unfortunate side effects of life thrown at them: the death of a loved one, illness, the ending of a relationship. Faced with these apparent emotional obstacles, many choose to (albeit sometimes unwillingly) undertake the journey to cultivate that special and ever-important relationship with oneself.
Kathryn Goetzke shares her personal experience with getting to know yoga and meditation in this recent Psych Central post. For her, knowing the difference between the two proved to be helpful.
* Allows me to expend a ton of energy, much more than I ever would have imagined as when I concentrate on engaging all of my muscles.
* Creates a very directed and focused practice that allows me to use my mind for a very specific goal.
* Brings oxygen deep into my body through engaged breathing.
* Quiets the mind. Literally gives my mind a rest and break from the constant work and thoughts that frequent it.
* Force my emotions to settle in my body and express themselves if they need to do so.
* Guarantees me 30 minutes of self-love and peace every single day.
Read more from Goetzke on practicing yoga and meditation here.