Exercise meditation

in Meditation

The classical culture of meditation is based on exactitude of science and intellectual analysis of metaphysics with the intuitive perception of mysticism. Meditation as an exercise is a practical process of realizing the self which may be equitably termed as scientific mysticism.

The need for ethical base for Yoga meditation is extremely important. This can be achieved my mastering the moral code of yoga as enumerated in Yamas and Niyamas, the first two steps of Ashtanga Yoga of Patanjali. He tries to point out that knowledge alone is not enough in destroying immoral tendencies and recommends a graduated practice of these two steps before embarking upon yoga meditation.

Since the conscious plane is closely related to the sub-conscious plane a superior control on the conscious can control the sub conscious. The concept of Bhavas and Bhavana methods do help in the meditative practice. Let us begin with the meditative poses, The rationale of meditative poses is locked in the four essentials of such poses like Sukhasana, Padmasana, or Sidhasana.

  1. It should be easy, agreeable, and well balanced.
  2. Lower extremities should form a fixed base.
  3. Slouching of body should be avoided, the spine should be held straight,
  4. The mind should be free from the burden of the body.

Practice of pranayama is recommended for reducing agitation by controlling the prana. In the next step Pratyahara the effort is to withdraw the senses from performing their function and to make the mind, brain is a different entity, the object of concentration. The practice of Yoni Mudra helps in this. After a few minutes a state of conditioned internal equilibrium should be realized through which nothing external should be perceived and nothing should be allowed to distract the mental state anymore.

It is then that the Yoni mudra may be completed by the speechless chanting of the mantra – as in mantra yoga meditation – in rhythm with the respiratory movements or by a pranayama Kumbhaka ( internal breath retention). Two syllables are thus repeated: hum during inspiration and retention, and sa during exhalation. Next the various techniques for improving concentration help one in reaching the meditative state of the mind.