Meditation On The Move – Walking Meditation

What is walking meditation?

In walking meditation we use the experience of walking as our focus. We become mindful of our experience while walking, and try to keep our awareness involved with the experience of walking. Actually, there are several different kinds of walking meditation. We’ll just be looking at one of them in detail, although we’ll touch on the others. Once you’ve mastered one form, you’ll easily be able to pick up the others.

Obviously, there are some differences between walking meditation and sitting meditation. For one thing we keep our eyes open during walking meditation! That difference implies other changes in the way we do the practice. We are not withdrawing our attention from the outside world to the same extent that we do when we are doing the Mindfulness of Breathing or Metta Bhavana (development of lovingkindness) practices.

We have to be aware of things outside of ourselves (objects we might trip over, other people that we might walk into) and there are many other things outside of ourselves that we will be more aware of than when we are doing sitting – especially if we sit inside. These include the wind, the sun, and the rain; and the sounds of nature and of humans and machines.

But one of the biggest differences is that it’s easier, for most people, to be more intensely and more easily aware of their bodies while doing walking meditation, compared to sitting forms of practice. When your body is in motion, it is generally easier to be aware of it compared to when you are sitting still. When we’re sitting still in meditation the sensations that arise in the body are much more subtle and harder to pay attention to than those that arise while we’re walking, This can make walking meditation an intense experience. You can experience your body very intensely, and you can also find intense enjoyment from this practice.

The practice of walking meditation can also be fitted in to the gaps in our lives quite easily. Even walking from the car into the supermarket can be an opportunity for a minute’s walking meditation.

The form of walking meditation we’ll be introducing here is best done outdoors. For your first attempt, you might want to find a park or open space where you will be able to walk for twenty minutes without encountering traffic.

A Beginner’s Guide to Walking Meditation

Meditation is one of the most effective ways to relieve stress, relax our bodies and quiet our busy minds. But with busy work schedules, family responsibilities and other demands in our day-to-day lives, it can be challenging to find time for a regular practice. Walking meditation is an excellent alternative for incorporating a practice into the gaps in our busy lives. It can be performed anytime you’re walking, whether that is from your car to your home, while in nature or during a leisurely evening stroll through your neighborhood.

Unlike other forms of meditation, walking meditation helps us to use physical movement, in addition to mental and emotional experiences, as the basis for developing an overall greater awareness. We can then take that awareness into the rest of our lives.

Walking meditation can be practiced by experienced meditation practitioners and beginners alike, however if you would like to begin by exploring meditation in a more traditional way, please read Meditation 101: a 10 Step Beginner’s Guide.

How to Start Walking Meditation

Find a location to practice

It is best to begin your introduction to walking meditation outdoors where you can walk uninterrupted with fewer distractions. A park is an excellent choice. As you become more comfortable, you can practice walking meditation anywhere that you walk, including busy sidewalks or shopping malls. When choosing a location for your walking meditation practice, be aware of any possible safety concerns such as tripping hazards, obstacles or traffic.

Stand tall

Begin by standing tall. Feel your feet root into the ground beneath you. Elongate your spine as if a thread extending from the top of your crown was pulling your head, neck and back straight up towards the sky. Notice how your weight moves from side to side or front to back as you balance.

Breathe

Turn your attention to your breath. Breathe silently, yet deeply. Engage your diaphragm and fill your lungs, but do not force your breath. Allow your belly to rise and fall with each inhale and exhale. Notice how your breath affects your body. Does deep breathing help you to stand taller? Does it energize you? Calm you?

Walk

Look ahead and begin to walk forward. Don’t rush. Simply walk at a comfortable pace and allow your body to establish a comfortable stride length.

Relax and be aware of your entire body

Begin by drawing your attention to the soles of your feet. Notice how they make contact with the ground as they roll from heel to toe and then travel through the air to stride forward. Notice how your ankles flex, how your calf muscles contract and how your knees bend. Feel the rotation in your hips, the flexion in your lower back. Let your arms swing naturally at your sides, your hands relaxed at the end of your wrists. Feel your shoulders move in their sockets. Release any stress you hold in your jaw, face and forehead. Gaze softly ahead. As you draw awareness to each part of your body, direct your breath to that area and consciously ask it to relax. Imagine your body releasing tension with each breath and movement.

Immerse yourself in your surroundings

Notice the sun on your face, the wind blowing through your hair, the sound of the kids playing nearby or horns honking. If you’re walking indoors, notice the sound of other people talking, the sound of footsteps and the hum of lighting fixtures. Don’t react to these external stimuli, simply notice them.

Look inward

Draw your attention inward. Are you bored, excited, content, irritated or happy? Acknowledge how you feel and be mindful of this moment. Don’t think to the future or the past. Be present.

Stop

There is no right or wrong length of time to practice walking meditation. Your practice may be quite short if you simply walk to the mailbox, or it may be long if you incorporate your practice into a weekend hike through the woods. You decide. When ending your practice, don’t come to an abrupt halt. Simply slow down and come to a natural stop.

Integrate your experience

Take a moment to feel what it’s like to be still again. Stand tall. Notice your surroundings, your body and your emotions. How is this moment different than when you began your walking meditation? Even without judgment or reaction, by simply being aware of your physical, mental and emotional experience throughout your meditation, you have changed.

Remember that walking meditation is unlike other forms of meditation. While it can be a very peaceful practice, it is an active meditation often practiced in locations with many sounds and distractions. Don’t be discouraged if your mind wanders with these distractions. Use the steps outlined in this guide to help focus your awareness. If your mind does become distracted, simply acknowledge those thoughts, then set them aside and continue your meditation. As you become more experienced, it will be easier to maintain your focus.

The Dark Side Of Meditation

Be Wary of Hyping Up Meditation, Say Researchers

Even mindfulness-based meditation can have side effects.

Mindfulness has been heralded as practically a body hack that rolls productivity, anti-anxiety, and focus into one, its therapeutic benefits ranging from easing addiction to quieting mood disorders.

Meditation May Trigger Unpleasant Experiences

For some people, meditation may trigger experiences that are unpleasant or even distressing, according to a new study.

But researchers are dousing water on meditation’s glamorization as a miracle cure-all. In a paper published May 24 in the open-access journal PLOS One, psychiatrist Willoughby Britton and her colleagues interviewed Western Buddhist meditation practitioners and found that mindfulness-based meditation can have unintended negative consequences. Practitioners of Buddhist meditative traditions, —like Theravāda, Zen, and Tibetan style — show that using meditation as a psychological therapy is much more complicated than it seems, and can come with long-lasting consequences.

Britton and her fellow researchers conducted interviews with 60 meditation practitioners about their challenging, difficult, distressing, or impairing experiences associated with meditation. These issues spanned seven different areas: cognitive, perceptual, affective, somatic, conative, sense of self, and social.

“Mindfulness meditation programs, in particular, show small improvements in anxiety, depression, and pain with moderate evidence and small improvements in stress/distress and the mental health component of health-related quality of life,” write the researchers. They found no evidence of negative side effects — but most of these studies did not look for negative effects.

“The vast majority (88%) of participants reported that challenging or difficult meditation experiences bled over into daily life or had an impact on their life beyond a meditation retreat or beyond a formal practice session,” they wrote. Seventy-three percent of the subjects told researchers that they experienced moderate to severe impairment in at least one area. These results are especially significant when considering the fact that 60 percent of these people are meditation teachers, not just casual practitioners.

There’s a dark side to meditation that no one talks about

We’ve all heard about the benefits of meditation ad nauseam. Those disciplined enough to practice regularly are rewarded with increased control over the brainwaves known as alpha rhythms, which leads to better focus and may help ease pain. In addition to calming the mind and body, meditation can also reduce the markers of stress in people with anxiety disorders. Rigorous studies have backed health claims such as these to convince therapists, physicians, and corporate gurus to embrace meditation’s potential.

What contemporary and ancient meditators have always known, however, is that while the hype may be warranted, the practice is not all peace, love, and blissful glimpses of unreality. Sitting zazen, gazing at their third eye, a person can encounter extremely unpleasant emotions and physical or mental disturbances.
Zen Buddhism has a word for the warped perceptions that can arise during meditation: makyo, which combines the Japanese words for “devil” and “objective world.” Philip Kapleau, the late American Zen master, once described confronting makyo as “a dredging and cleansing process that releases stressful experiences in deep layers of the mind.”

This demanding and sometimes intensely distressing side of meditation is rarely mentioned in scientific literature.

However, this demanding and sometimes intensely distressing side of meditation is rarely mentioned in scientific literature, says Jared Lindahl, a visiting professor of religious studies at Brown University, who has an interest in neuroscience and Buddhism. Along with Willoughby Britton, a psychologist and assistant professor of psychiatry at Brown, the two mediators have co-authored a study that documents and creates a taxonomy for the variant phenomenology of meditation. The paper, published in Plos One, is the beginning of an ongoing series of studies. “Just because something is positive and beneficial doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be aware of the broader range of possible effects it might have,” Lindahl says.

To conduct their research, the pair interviewed 60 Western Buddhist meditation practitioners who had all experienced challenging issues during their practice. They included both rookies and meditation teachers, many of whom had accumulated more than 10,000 hours of meditation experience in their lifetime. All belonged to either Theravāda, Zen, or Tibetan traditions.

The researchers identified 59 kinds of unexpected or unwanted experiences, which they classified into seven domains: cognitive, perceptual, affective (related to moods), somatic, conative (related to motivation), sense of self, and social. Among the experiences described to them were feelings of anxiety and fear, involuntary twitching, insomnia, a sense of complete detachment from one’s emotions, hypersensitivity to light or sound, distortion in time and space, nausea, hallucinations, irritability, and the re-experiencing of past traumas. The associated levels of distress and impairment ranged from “mild and transient to severe and lasting,” according to the study. Most would not imagine that these side-effects could be hiding behind the lotus-print curtains of your local meditation center.

However, the survey respondents didn’t necessarily perceive every non-euphoric event as negative. In fact, says Britton, she and Lindahl deliberately avoided the word “adverse” in their study for this reason. Instead, they chose “challenging,” which better captured the meditators’ varied interpretations of their experiences. For instance, a person who came away from a retreat feeling “very expanded and very unified with other people in the world” might have found their oneness with the universe distracting once they returned home. (That’s challenging, not tragic.)

The goal of the study was to look for patterns in the common accounts of unwanted reactions. Who runs into the unexpected hurdles? What are the unique set of factors involved? In which ways do teachers assist students who are struggling? (And do they blame inner demons for the upsets, or maybe something you ate at lunch?) The answers, which still require future research, may one day be relevant to the ways meditation is used as therapy.

 

Mini Mindfulness Meditation

It’s easy to feel stressed. Demands on our time, a long to-do list and people asking for phone calls and meetings.

There is a way out. If you meditate for even ten minutes, you’ll feel better.

That’s because the body’s stress response is prone to snap judgements. As the Brainwave Research Institute writes, “Much of what activates our primal “fight or flight” response is not something that will kill us – we just think it will.” Our brains are wired, as they say, to over-react.

How Generations Meditate On Mindfulness

According to a recent UC-Davis report, mindfulness training triples students’ ability to focus and participate in class activities. In recent years, this sort of validating research has helped push mindfulness from a niche interest to a full-blown lifestyle. From the boardroom to the classroom, Americans of all ages are putting their own spin on the practice. Boomers were originally attracted to mindfulness for its holistic benefits. Today, Generation X is using mindfulness as an individual practice to rise above the competition, while Millennials are using it as a team-strengthening exercise.

Guide To 10-Minute Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness brings awareness to what you are doing. With that clarity comes the possibility of choice. You can learn to intercept unhelpful, unwanted habits and cultivate positive ones. As you learn to do that with meditation, you can translate it to any activity, whether it’s playing sports, writing computer code, or listening to your child when they come home from school.

A Ten Minute Mini Mindfulness Meditation

Find a place where you can be undisturbed for at least ten minutes. Sitting in a chair where you can be upright yet relaxed, assume a comfortable posture. Allow your body to be at ease.

Gently close your eyes and turn your attention inward. Sense how your body feels in this moment. Mindfulness is a quality of attention that’s allowing, inviting, curious about what is. So as you pay attention to your body, see if you can bring a quality of attention that’s accepting and allowing of how things are in this moment.

Move your attention through your whole body, noticing where you may be holding any unnecessary tension, inviting your belly and shoulders to relax, softening the muscles around your eyes and face, relaxing your jaw.

Sit with awareness of your body, and notice that it is naturally breathing by itself, your breath effortlessly coming and going. Allow your breath to be exactly as it is, and bring your full attention to it. Notice how your breathing is in this moment. Is it long or short, deep or shallow, relaxed or tense? Notice how your breath changes each time you breathe.

Be with your breath as though you were encountering it for the first time, as if this were the first breath you ever took.

Notice where you feel your breath most clearly. Is it at the nostrils as the cool air enters and warm air leaves your nose? Or in the back of your throat? Or in the lifting and expanding of your upper chest when you inhale or the contraction of your chest when you exhale? Or perhaps in the rising and falling of your abdomen?

Establish your attention in the place where you feel your breath most clearly. Pay attention to the full duration of an in breath and an out breath. Stay present if there’s a pause between breaths; simply be aware of your body sitting until the next in breath comes. When you notice sounds appearing and disappearing, sensations arising and passing, emotions, thoughts, and images coming and going, just acknowledge them and then bring your attention back to your breath.

If it is helpful, you can make a soft mental note of “in” when you inhale and “out” when you exhale. Make sure the mental note takes only about 5 percent of your attention and that the majority of your focus is on feeling the actual sensations of your breath.

If your attention becomes absorbed in thoughts, memories, or plans, simply reestablish a connection with your breath. When you notice that thinking is happening, that itself is a moment of mindfulness. There is no need to judge yourself; just bring your attention back to your breath.

As a way of deepening your attention to your breath, focus on the very beginning of an in breath. Gently sustain your attention just for that one in breath. Then notice the beginning of an out breath, and sustain your attention just for that one out breath.

No matter how many times your attention wanders or how far you become lost in thought, it takes only a moment to return to mindfulness, to the present moment. Return to the present moment by reestablishing a connection with your body and then reconnecting with your breath.

It’s natural for the mind to think. Mindfulness practice is coming into wise relationship with thought and with everything that happens in your experience. So without judgment or criticism, bring your attention back again and reestablish a connection with your breath. Connect and sustain your attention with each in breath and each out breath. Notice how each breath is different from the previous one. Allow your awareness to be absorbed by and permeate each breath. Pay attention to the fine sensations and nuances of your changing breath. If you find yourself becoming tense or trying to control your breath, relax a little, making sure there ’s ease in your body.

In the last few minutes of the meditation, let go of what’s gone on before and just begin again. Allow yourself to simply be aware of sitting and breathing. Rest in this natural awareness of your breath as it comes and goes.
As you begin to bring this meditation to a close, take a moment to sense your body, your heart, and your mind.

Notice the effect of this exercise.

When you feel ready to end this meditation, slowly open your eyes, and gently move and stretch.

Bring the same quality of mindful attention you used in this meditation to everything you encounter. See if you can sustain this mindfulness as you move through your day. Remember that the more you do mindfulness training, the more you’ll be able to bring mindful awareness into the rest of your life.

Meditation Apps To Achieve Mindfulness

The first rule of mindfulness might be to switch your smartphone off. From checking emails at bedtime to constant, needy push notifications from mobile games, our phones can often feel like they amplify our daily stress.

Turning to your smartphone for respite from the digital clutter may feel as ridiculous as holding an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting in a pub, with your inbox, social networks and Candy Crush Saga just a couple of taps away.

Still, mobile meditation apps are trying to help. There are hundreds available, although the pool of genuinely useful ones is much smaller. Here are five of the best to try out.

Meditation & Mindfulness

Meditation is a term used for many forms of relaxation. According to the Mayo Clinic, meditations can help with conditions including depression, sleep disorders, anxiety, and chronic pain. It might also be helpful as part of a treatment program for cancer and heart disease.

Meditation is one of the best ways to combat stress and the many health issues caused by or made worse by stress. Regardless of age, gender, or health status, anyone can benefit from some form of meditation. Here, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best meditation apps you can download and take with you anywhere.

The Best Meditation Apps ?

Buddhify

  • iPhone rating: 4.5 stars $4.99
  • Android rating: 4.5 stars $2.99

This is a mindfulness and meditation app that is built around you. Buddhify is perfect for those who are ready to incorporate meditation and mindfulness into their entire day, with meditations that target every aspect of your life, from sleeping, to traveling, to being online. Even if you have never tried meditation before, Buddhify is a life-changer.

Favorite thing: There are 80 different guided meditation tracks, ranging from five to 30 minutes.

Calm

  • iPhone rating: 5 stars Free
  • Android rating: 4.5 stars Free

If calm is what you need, Calm is the app for you. It starts you out with a seven-day program. This is a great way for beginners to start meditation. Choose between options for sound and length of time, as well as scenes from nature for you to visually focus on while you meditate.

Other features include multiple guided as well as unguided sessions. When you decide you are ready for more than the seven-day program, you can pay for a subscription, which opens up a 21-day program.

Favorite thing: The seven-day sleep program for people who have difficulty sleeping.

Headspace

  • iPhone rating: 5 stars Free
  • Android rating: 4.5 stars Free

Headspace makes it easy for people just learning the art of meditation. Their level one course features easy, 10-minute sessions for each day that will help you get into the habit of meditating regularly. There are reminders, and you can choose to focus on aspects like foundation, health, and performance.

Once you have mastered level one, you can purchase a subscription that allows you to access even more features and options so you can expand your practice.

Favorite thing: One great feature is the buddy system, which lets you and a friend encourage each other in your journey, as well as a personalized progress page.

MINDBODY Connect

  • iPhone rating: 3 stars Free
  • Android rating: 4 stars Free

MINDBODY gives you the ability to find the fitness and health services that are right for you. You can read reviews and book appointments right on the app. If you are looking for a new yoga studio, a massage therapist, or a deal on local classes, the MINDBODY app can help. It allows you to manage your schedule and goals in one convenient place.

Favorite thing: It can also track information from your Fitbit so you can keep on track with your fitness and health goals.

Mindfulness App

  • iPhone rating: 4 stars $1.99
  • Android rating: 4 stars $1.99

The Mindfulness App is a great tool for advanced meditation, but it’s especially helpful for beginners. Jump into a mindfulness session any time you have a moment free to yourself. You can set your reminders for the times of day that you need to take a quick break and relax.

Favorite thing: The app lets you set the length of each session, and choose whether you want silent or guided mindfulness sessions.

Meditation Timer Pro

  • iPhone rating: 4.5 stars $0.99

With Meditation Timer Pro, you can meditate in whatever manner you prefer, for as long as you like. It features default sessions as well as sessions that you can customize as your own. Each session includes prep time, intervals, and a cool down, with the ability to choose different sounds for each section.

Favorite thing: You can set duration, prep, and interval times when you create customized sessions.

Omvana

  • iPhone rating: 4.5 stars Free
  • Android rating: 4.5 stars Free

Omvana gives you access to many meditation sounds, music, and guided sessions with meditation experts. Focus options include: mindfulness, stress, relaxation, sleep, and more. You can choose the length of each meditation session, from three minutes to an hour.

Favorite thing: One unique feature this app has is the background music mixer, which allows you to mix your music and create the perfect sessions for your needs.

Relax Melodies

  • iPhone rating: 5 stars Free

Relax Melodies is designed with a good night’s sleep in mind. If you have difficulty getting to sleep or feeling rested in the morning, then this is the app to try.

Beyond sleeping, the app is great for any situation that requires calming sounds or music, like yoga, massage sessions, or just simple relaxation.

Favorite thing: There are lots of sound and music options, which you can mix to create a more personalized experience.

Smiling Mind

iPhone rating: 4 stars Free Android rating: 3.5 stars Free
Smiling Mind is a nonprofit that was created to increase happiness and compassion in the world, and this app is one step toward that goal. With programs designed by age group, this app is great for kids, teens, and adults.

Favorite thing: It makes meditation easy for all ages, and the simple design of the app adds to the ease of use.

Take a Break!

  • iPhone rating: 4.5 stars Free Android rating: 4 stars Free

The Take a Break app allows you to do just that — take a break. You can choose between a short break or a longer meditation break. Both options allow you to choose with or without music and, if you are new, there are easy instructions for how to get started.

The app was designed to give users a quick and uncomplicated break to help relieve stress whenever you need it.

Favorite thing: It is simple and straightforward without being bogged down with additional features.

Sattva

  • iPhone rating: 3 stars Free

Sattva is an advanced meditation timer that tracks your progress. This app features challenges and rewards to help encourage you, and features guided meditations and chants, as well as a heart rate monitor, mood tracker, and statistics feature.

Favorite thing: You can connect with a community of others who are working on their mindfulness and meditation practices.

Free Meditation/Mindfulness Apps Worthy of Your Attention

Some of the free meditation/mindfulness apps are trending in a big way. Here are five we’re happy we downloaded.

Insight Timer

  • Available for iOS and Android

Insight Timer is one of the most popular free meditation apps out there, and it’s easy to see why. The app features more than 4,000 guided meditations from over 1,000 teachers—on topics like self-compassion, nature, and stress—plus talks and podcasts. If you prefer a quieter meditation, you can always set a timer and meditate to intermittent bells or calming ambient noise.

Right from the beginning, the app feels like a community; the home screen announces, “3,045 meditating right now / Home to 1,754,800 meditators.” After you finish a meditation, you’ll learn exactly how many people were meditating “with you” during that time; by setting your location, you can even see meditators nearby and what they’re listening to.

Insight Timer doesn’t recommend step-by-step sequences of meditations to follow; it’s more like a buffet.
Despite its extensive collection, Insight Timer doesn’t show you a list of teachers—which would be helpful, especially since they feature experts like Jack Kornfield, Tara Brach, and Sharon Salzberg. And Insight Timer doesn’t recommend step-by-step sequences of meditations to follow; it’s more like a buffet. But these drawbacks hardly matter in the face of all the tempting choices.

Aura

  • Available for iOS and Android

Aura is a meditation app with a simple premise: Every day, you get a new, personalized, three-minute meditation. The same meditation never repeats; according to cofounder Daniel Lee, Aura’s teachers are constantly recording new tracks.

To personalize the experience, Aura initially asks about your age and how stressed, optimistic, and interested in mindfulness you are. The daily meditation that appears also depends on your mood: If you’re feeling great, Aura might suggest “Your Brilliant Heart;” select stressed, and you might get “You Have the Power.” If you like the day’s meditation, you can save it to your library for later listening.

Aura claims to target stress, anxiety, and depression. If a short meditation isn’t enough, you can also listen to relaxing sounds or try their Mindful Breather feature, where you synchronize your breath to an animated circle that gently expands and contracts—surprisingly effective. The home screen encourages you to jot down something you’re grateful for, another tool for well-being.

Aura is straightforward and sparse, but that’s part of the beauty. Particularly if you’re just getting started, or you don’t have lots of time to meditate, the simplicity of one meditation a day could be just what you need.

 

 

Stop, Breathe & Think

  • Available for iOS and Android

If other meditation apps expect you to dive right in, Stop, Breathe & Think wants to help you get acquainted with mindfulness first. A section called Learn to Meditate explains what mindfulness is, why it’s beneficial, and what to expect when you press play on your first track. It even covers some of the neuroscience of mindfulness and the physiology of stress, in case you’re still skeptical.

If other meditation apps expect you to dive right in, Stop, Breathe & Think wants to help you get acquainted with mindfulness first.
Then, it’s time to get started. Stop, Breathe & Think features nearly 30 free sessions, many of which come in different lengths (and different voices—from placid Jamie to friendly Grecco). Most of them are short, up to 11 minutes, and you can choose to work around themes like Breathe, Connect with Your Body, or Be Kind. Or, simply set a meditation timer and find calm amid the silence or relaxing forest sounds.

A progress page keeps track of how many days you’ve meditated in a row and your emotions, which you can record before and after each meditation. Plus, you can earn cute stickers: As a newbie, I’ve collected “Good Start” and “Tick Tock of Presence.” Stop, Breathe & Think is ideal for people who need some more structure and motivation to jumpstart their meditation habit.

 

Yoga Postures

Asana is defined as “posture or pose;” its literal meaning is “seat.” Originally, there was only one asana– a stable and comfortable pose for prolonged seated meditation. More than just stretching and toning the physical body, the yoga poses open the nadis (energy channels) and chakras (psychic centers) of the body. Yoga poses also purify and help heal the body, as well as control, calm and focus the mind. The different categories of postures produce different energetic, mental, emotional and physical effects.

When holding a yoga posture, make sure you can breathe slowly and deeply, using Dirga or Ujjayi Pranayama. Go to your edge in the posture, holding where you feel a good stretch and/or your body working, but don’t feel pain, strain or fatigue.

However, not all postures of yoga relieve back pain, but in fact some of the yoga postures exacerbate existing pain. It is essential to recognize that which posture is most supportive in relieving back pain. It is best that yoga to be done under the supervision of a yoga instructor, Even in one or two sessions, we can see that whether pain is increasing or decreasing with the help of yoga instructor. Instructor will help in posture during poses. Here are some of the best yoga postures to get rid from back pain. Every posture should be detained five to ten seconds, depending upon the level of ease, and to be done on a soft supportive surface or on mat.

Here, we are giving some of the yoga postures:

Fish Pose: In this posture, you have to lie on your back, bend your knees and keep the arms at your side. Bend your back comfortably as you can. After that raise it from the ground by taking the support of floor with elbows. If you can, then slant your skull backwards and rest the top of your head on the floor. Breathe from the diaphragm deeply and be in pose for at least one minute if it is possible for you.

Cat Stretch: Begin on hands and knees with a level back. Hands must be directly under shoulders with fingers stretched. Knees must be under the hips. Head is detained loosely so that it can be looked at the floor between hands. Exhale as you inhale. Move the back in the direction of the ceiling, slip the chin in to chest so that it can be looked at navel, and put tailbone beneath. clutch, and then let loose back into the original position.

There are some more yoga postures, which are useful in getting relieve from back pain like, Wind releasing pose, Sage twist, Palm tree, Corpse pose, Locust pose, and Bending forward pose etc

Yoga is a great and very relaxing way to tone and strengthen the body as well as relieve stress and calm the mind. Yoga music can enhance this experience, making yoga a truly euphoric experience. If you want to make doing yoga th e perfec t exercise, adding some music may do the trick.Meditative music completes even the most relaxing yoga workout by adding a little something extra. Yoga music ranges from the most serene instrumental sounds to different chants. All yoga music is meant to keep your mind and spirit calm while keeping you focused on the yoga exercises.

Yoga music can be therapeutic, relaxing, even hypnotic, helping to drive the person to complete the full set of yoga stretches. The music adds depth to the level of relaxation that is achieved while doing yoga. Let go with your favorite yoga tunes and complete your yoga routine to provide ample satisfaction. Relaxing meditative music is a particular must for beginners, because it enables their brain to fixate on the sounds. This allows them to concentrate and not become distracted by outside noises, keeping them relaxed and focused.There are many different types of yoga music, they can be energizing, relaxing, or both. A person can choose from many different types of yoga CD’s or MP3’s.

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