The Gifts of Yoga and Meditation

Recently I opened someones eyes to yoga and meditation. This someone is very special to me, my mother. She is trying a new path to soothe her mind and severe back pain. Knowing that her back is bad I started her out with a few simple poses. I told her to take it easy and don’t rush through by stretching. Your body knows how it needs to be, you just have to let it get there. Next we went through some simple breathing tips for when times get tough or her body needs to calm down. Advising her to put time aside every morning and before she goes to bed to do these practices.

I gave her a few of my Yoga Journal magazines to go through as well. Mom loves them! She’s been doing this for about 2 weeks now and can feel the benefits of yoga and simple meditation. She lets her mind relax on its own without force and lets her body open up when it can. She can breathe better, walk better and feels better. She’s trying out a new hobby too. Painting. Which is also helping her ease her mind. It’s beautiful.

I’ve been practicing yoga and meditation for about 3 years now and I’m still amazed by the effects. You have your moments when you don’t let your body open and let you mind race around. But you don’t have to get mad at yourself about it. We are all human. We get stressed. It’s okay. You learn to relax everyday through these two simple practices. No one needs to be able to do the difficult poses to reap the benefits from yoga. And no one needs the be a Buddhist monk to do calming meditation. Anyone can! Just let yourself be.

Here are some of the poses that are really helping my mom out. You can find them at yogajournal.com.

  • Spinal Twist (always resting after the twists)
  • Forward Bend
  • Mountain Pose
  • Volcano Pose
  • Corpse Pose
  • Dancer’s Pose (Just pulling your legs back to your buttocks)
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