WBK Beginner's Guide To Meditation






<p dir=Breathe in. Breathe out. Be mindful of your surroundings. Relax your muscles. Breathe in.

And this time, as you breathe out, let go of any stress your body is under.

Be calm and present in this moment...


Ancient societies practiced it and we still practice it today. Meditation has been around for thousands of years, and for a good reason! Many health and fitness experts preach about how amazing meditation is and how everyone can benefit from it. The best thing about meditation is that it doesn’t cost a thing, it takes up very little time and you literally don’t need any equipment or training to get started.


You can start right now, right where you’re sitting! Try this virtual meditation session by Headspace:

 


What is all the fuss about?


Meditation is all about slowing down, centering yourself and quieting your mind so that you’re able to make sense of things. This goes hand in hand with the increase of self-awareness of our impact on the world. If you have been following me for a while, you would know that my life has changed a lot over the last few years. I follow a plant-based diet and I’m passionate about living a life that is positive for myself AND the environment I live in. The world is becoming more and more aware of how we can take little steps each day to make the world a better place.


Benefits of Meditation


Personally, meditation gives me time to clarify my thoughts and helps me to stay focused on what really matters each day. I feel less overwhelmed by day-to-day stresses when I manage to get a few minutes of meditation in on the regular. The hardest part for me has been learning to be still, because whenever I settle down, my mind is flooded with thoughts about all the things I want or need to do! It’s been a learning curve, but I’m definitely getting the hang of it.


What exactly does it involve?


When you think of meditation, do you picture someone sitting in a room filled with incense, perched on some beautifully embroidered cushions, chanting with their eyes closed and fingers linked over the tops of your knees? Well, that’s not always how it’s practiced! In reality you can meditate anywhere and it comes in countless different forms.


My favorite form of meditation is actually... Walking! They say that exercise can be a form of meditation and I definitely agree! I have my clearest thoughts and ideas when I’m immersed in nature, whether it’s a hike through a forest or a walk along the beach. 


 
 
 
View this post on Instagram

A post shared by Workouts By Katya (@workouts_by_katya) onMay 17, 2018 at 7:33am PDT


People usually choose to meditate in a quiet, comfortable and secluded place. Traditionally, meditation has been performed for longer periods of time in silence. Whereas, today many types of meditation focus on finding silence and peace within our busy lives. We tend to be switched on constantly and always connected in one way or another, so meditation helps us to gain a few precious moments to ourselves to relax. Having the time to check in with ourselves regularly can help us to navigate and even avoid some of the problems of modern day life.


Meditating On The Beach

 

How to get started

 

Meditation is one of the easiest things to incorporate in your life and can be done in so many ways. But if you are looking to give it a try today, here’s all you need to do:


  1. 1. Find a quiet space where you won’t be disturbed.

  2. 2. Turn your phone to silent or on airplane mode.

  3. 3. Set a timer for the amount of time you’d like to meditate. There is no need to start with anything over ambitious. 10 minutes is a great starting point!

  4. 4. Get yourself into a comfy position either on a chair, sitting on the floor or lying down.

  5. 5. You don’t have to close your eyes, but you will probably find this helps to begin with. If so, then gently close your eyes and ensure the rest of your face and neck is also relaxed.

  6. 6. To begin with, concentrate on your breathing. Breathe in and focus on how your breath moves through your body, and do the same each time you breathe out.

  7. 7. Each time you notice yourself thinking about something other than your breath, recenter your thoughts back towards your breathing.


There are so many ways to meditate! So, if you struggle with my simple guide, you’re not doing anything wrong, you may just need to try a different method. It takes time to learn to be comfortable with just yourself for extended periods of time, so remember that practice makes perfect! If you’d prefer, you can try one of the many apps that are available that will guide you through meditation from the very beginning, all the way to becoming a pro!


Meditation Tips

 

So, my #WBKgirls, find a quiet place to sit and start meditating! Meditation is amazing for the mind, body, and soul- I can’t recommend it enough!

 

Follow me on @workouts_by_katya to keep up with all of my WBK news!


Tell a Friend


Related Posts