Beginner’s Guide to Meditation. Part 2 – Dhyana (Meditation)

In the previous blog, we talked about concentration being the preliminary step that leads the mind to a state of meditation. This article will discuss meditation and its practice.

 

“Meditation is a mysterious ladder which reaches from earth to heaven, from error to truth, from darkness to light, from pain to bliss, from restlessness to abiding peace” – Swami Sivananda

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Yoga & meditation Retreat

Beginner’s Guide to Meditation. Part 1 – Concentration

Meditation is a state of relaxed awareness. Ancient Yogis aptly compared an unfocused mind to a crazy, drunken monkey, jumping from one thought to another in a never-ending cycle. It almost seems impossible to stop the mind leaping from one thought to another. During meditation, you learn how to focus on the present. This prevents your mind from dwelling on the past or worrying about the future.

First, let us have a look at the benefits of meditation:

Physical benefits

During meditation, the distractions of the world around you reduce to a large extent, bringing about a sense of relaxation and balance. The heart beat and respiratory rate slow down and the internal organs are rested. Research shows that meditation stimulates the immune system, promotes health and helps protect against illness. The vibrations generated by thoughts and emotions affect every cell in the body. Negative thoughts can impede cells’ capacity for regeneration and homeostasis. The focus in meditation on positive and harmonious thoughts, therefore, is thought to promote health and well-being at a cellular level.

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Yoga und Erholung

Five things to expect in a Yoga Retreat

Are you looking to get away from the busy and stressful routine of your life and hit the reset button? Need a break from the monotonous life and want to recharge your body and mind? Then you probably need a holiday.

When we think of a holiday, most of us think of a temporary escape from the “daily routine”. But when we come back from the holiday, does anything change for the better in the routine of life? Most often, the answer is No. Have you then asked yourself, how can I face all the challenges of life with equanimity? How do I transform the tired body and mind into one full of energy and enthusiasm? The answer lies in leading a Yogic life.

 

“Yoga life is the hope of the new decade. It is a practical life, not a utopian escape. Life is for inner happiness, not misery. This is the way of Yoga” – Swami Vishnudevananda

A yoga retreat introduces you to leading a yogic way of life. Here are five things to expect from a yoga holiday.

 

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Yoga Teachers Training Course

What do you learn in yoga teacher training?

The curriculum of the Sivananda Yoga Teachers’ Training Course (TTC) is based on the following five points of yoga which can be understood as the practical application of the four traditional yoga paths:

  1. Proper exercise (Asanas)
  2. Proper breathing (Pranayama)
  3. Proper relaxation (Savasana)
  4. Proper diet (vegetarian)
  5. Positive thinking and meditation (Vedanta and Dhyana)

Daily: two meditation sessions, two yoga classes, two lectures, one hour of service to the ashram community. One day a week is lecture-free.

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What to do on your day off during the yoga teacher training

Once a week during the Sivananda TTC is a lecture-free day. (Attendance at morning and evening meditations is nevertheless mandatory on this day.)

Draw new strength in the stunning mountain scenery. Enjoy the fresh air, mountain meadows, quiet forests, medicinal herbs along the footpath, clean streams and lakes.

Here are some possible destinations:

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