Question of the Month: I know I should meditate, but I don’t know how to go about it. How do I start?

• Establish a meditation corner that you can use every day. It should be a place where you can be relatively undisturbed during your meditation sessions.
• Meditate at the same time everyday.
• Sit as long as you can everyday. Even five minutes of sitting will help you cultivate and maintain your awareness as you continue through the day.
• Determine before you take your seat, how long you will meditate. This will eliminate decision-making during your session.
• You can sit quietly or use a guided meditation tape/cd.
• Keep it simple. Do not try to induce a particular state of mind, just an attitude of openness and curiosity. This will help you let go of judgments, expectations and other obstacles that keep you from being present.

Breath Awareness Meditation, a meditation for all levels of practitioners
With this meditation, your attention is not solely on your breath. You are expanding your awareness to allow yourself to also notice your thoughts.

What does it mean to notice your thoughts? Simply notice every time your mind starts to wander. Rest your awareness on your exhale, and notice your thinking. Don’t get pulled into the stories, the planning, the evaluations. Don’t criticize yourself for thinking. Just become aware. Use the exhalation to keep you connected to the present moment.

Breath Awareness meditation is the first step to understanding how we can direct our internal experience. It is the first step to understanding our unconscious habits. You cannot practice this meditation incorrectly. You are not trying to achieve some transcendental state of bliss. You may find that this meditation produces a mental clarity and a sense of well-being. Sometimes it will, and sometimes it won’t. That is not the point. The point is to practice noticing, and to begin to understand your mind.

About EssentialYoga Studio

Roberta Dell'Anno E-RYT 500, Certified Yoga for Scoliosis Trainer Owner EssentialYoga Studio. Roberta has been practicing yoga since 1988 and teaching yoga since 2004. She has studied extensively under master yoga teachers Patricia Walden, Manouso Manos, Zoë Stewart, Sri Arun H.S., Elise Browning Miller, and others. She completed a two year Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training program with Sr. Iyengar Teacher, Peentz Dubble in June 2017 and continues her weekly studies with Sr. Iyengar Teacher, Manju Vachher. Roberta has studied yoga at the Ramamani Iyengar Yoga Memorial Institute in Pune, India during June 2011, February 2014 and attended Abhijata's 2-week intensive in Pune, India, December 2016. She completed training and certification with Elise Browning Miller as a 'Yoga for Scoliosis' instructor in 2014, completed a 500 hour Hatha Yoga Certification program with AURA Wellness Center in 2005 and is registered with Yoga Alliance as a E-RYT 500. She has been a Certified Meditation Teacher since June 2007 and an Usui Reiki Practitioner since 1989. The studio provides individual & specialized privates, semi-privates, group private sessions, and yoga workshops. Roberta conducts local and out of town workshops specializing in prop use. She uses props to help students and teachers transform their backbends, twists, standing and seated postures, as well as inversions like sarvangasana (shoulderstand). She also works with individuals who have physical challenges, specifically individuals with Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease, scoliosis, and amputees in private, semi-private and group sessions.​​
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