Yoga and meditation appear to be very different at the outset but when you will understand their implications and aim
However different they appear- yoga involves the movements and forming of postures which people relate with toning their muscles while meditation has impacts on the mind- its harmony, calmness and stability.
But have you ever wondered what do we try to attain from both of these practices? We will explain to you that how yoga and meditation are inter linked that make us reach the same destination albeit different journey.
How yoga and meditation are related to each other?
Yoga has a literal meaning- ‘union’ which is the ultimate aim of meditation too. Therefore it is said that yoga is a diversified form of meditation and vice versa.
Both of these practices bring you to awareness in the present and open the doors of mind to stability in thoughts and peace and harmony in connection. Yoga brings you to experience the synchronisation in between your body- limbs, muscles, breathing, and movements and makes you fully available in the present. You come in sync with the whole universe at the moment which is exactly what Yoga means- the union. These are attained through the practice of brining the stillness and stability in the mind which is another form of meditation. While Yoga is thought to be a physical form of practice by performing asanas through various body movements, meditation is performed by being still and trying to bring your concentration at one place.
If you would have experienced Yoga on your own, you must know that doing asanas also requires some kind of stability in thoughts which is attained through these movements- which is an essential form of meditation.
When you become a regular practitioner of Yoga you realise that you flow from one posture to another with simple ease and gentleness. The body starts moving in the rhythmic flow attaining better flexibility and balance. But can you acquire balance without focus? And what is focus? Is it not meditation in itself?
The correlation in between Yoga and meditation is inevitable as we said they are one sides of the same coin.
Yoga is a practice that mainly involves patterns of breathing. You need to attain control on your bodily movements and let the breath come in focus.
The long deep breathing is suggested when we practice Yoga. At the same time when we are in meditation- we are aimed at attaining control on the bodily movements while laying all focus on our breathing pattern which again should be long and deep- so where is the difference.
In both the practices we try to bring control, stability and focus in our life- the aim is one- harmony of mind. The difference lies in the path of practice.
One more significant conjuncture in both the practices is that you cannot keep on talking while practicing both of these practices. The practitioner has to find a place of quiet and composed environment to take on either of the activities. You explore new dimensions of your existence when you perform yoga and meditation. This discovery comes in the form of experiences that empower you about your being on this earth.