Meditation in Motion
From the desk of Sara Packard, RYT…
WHAT IS MEDITATION?
This is a difficult question! I think the best way to answer it/define meditation is to say that it is the cultivation of awareness. A meditation can be anything from sitting quietly and breathing for a few moments to a visualization exercise to listening to a favorite piece of music with your eyes closed. There are so many forms of meditation and many different guided meditations that you can follow. Most people think of meditation as a clearing of the mind and its thoughts but I think of it more as a sitting with the mind and its thoughts as they are, without judgment on them or of oneself. It’s simply being aware.
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM MEDITATION?
EVERYONE!!! I cannot emphasize this enough!! From children to adults of any age meditation is beyond valuable for both mental and physical health!
HOW LONG DO YOU HAVE TO MEDITATE?
As long as you have or can. There is no set amount of time and no limit. Even 3-5 minutes of meditation can make the biggest difference in the rest of your day.
DO YOU HAVE TO BE SEATED?
Nope! In fact my class at OMBE on Sunday mornings, Meditation in Motion is all about plugging in to the idea that yoga is really a moving meditation and that we can meditate while doing anything...washing the dishes can be a meditation!
WHAT'S AN EXAMPLE OF A SHORT MEDITATION I COULD DO AT HOME/AT WORK?
- Find a comfortable seat, either on a chair or on the floor. Set an alarm on your phone or clock so that you can keep track of your time (especially if time is limited which it usually is).
- Place your hands in your lap and close your eyes.
- Take 3 deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth.
- Then allow for the natural ebb and flow of the breath return as your breath in and out of the nose only. Simply observe your breath.
- Observe the sensation your breath creates in your body. Observe the sensation your breath creates on the outer ring of your nostril.
- Sit in this state of observation for as long as you have.
- In the final moments I like to bring my hands to my heart and plug my thumbs into my chest. I also like to take the corner of my mouth up towards my ears :) Then moving the thumbs from the heart to the head I say "I acknowledge the light inside me and everyone that I meet" Namaste.
Sara Packard, RYT Registered Yoga Teacher
Sara received her 200-hour Yoga Alliance certification from Zuda Yoga in Sacramento, CA under the guidance of Anne Marie Kramer and Dr. Bill Prysock. She has been teaching yoga since 2009, most recently in New York City until recently relocating to Boston. Sara has taught for Crunch Fitness, New York Yoga, as well as being a frequent guest teacher at O Yoga in Syracuse, NY. She was also the yoga teacher for the NYC Marathon team, "Fred's Team" through Lululemon, and has extensive experience teaching yoga to athletes and dancers.
She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theater from Ithaca College. She believes in the power of yoga as both a physical practice and a mental release as well as a way to tap into our personal strength in a safe and non-competitive environment. Sara lives in Charlestown, MA with her husband Justin and their pug, Oscar.