The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali describe the path to follow to attain meditation, also called Dyana. The path indicated must be followed as described, step by step. One step will guide you to the next. It is not possible to skip one; for example, you can’t attain mediation without first achieving concentration.
First step: Yamas, things not to Do, restrictions;
Second step: Niyamas, things to Do;
Third step: Asanas, body positions;
Fourth step: Pranayama, breath control;
Fifth step: Pratyahara, sense control;
Sixth step: Dharana, concentration;
Seventh step: Dyana, meditation;
Last step: Samadhi, bliss.
In that order!
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To obtain the best results with meditation, one should perform yoga positions, or Asanas, to prepare the mind and body for meditation. The postures can be performed for as little as fifteen minutes, or more depending on the person’s schedule and desire. A relaxation period of no more than 11 minutes should follow the Asanas.
The next step is Pranayama, or breath control. Beginners may find it somewhat tedious to be in a sitting position performing breath control exercises. But this will pay off soon! The mind follows the breath, and the results are immediate.
“The result of meditation is that ability to turn negative into positive – to support all your actions with your facets and manners.” Yogi Bhajan
Meditation Table of Contents
- General Overview
- Sitting Positions
- Yoga Positions
- Best Places to Meditate
- Best Time to Meditate
- How Eating, Sex and Sleep Affect Your Meditation
- Breath Control or Pranayama
- Basic Procedures for Alternate Nostril Breathing
- A Specific Program to Get You Started
- Time and Effects During Meditation
- How many days should I do this Meditation for?
- Tips for a Meditative Mental State
- Different Types of Meditation
- Frequent Questions and Answers