Meditation is the latter stage of yoga. It means leading your mind from concentration to contemplation and then absorption. In fact, it is a journey from external to internal yoga. External yoga involves doing asanas, pranayama, sense control and at the same time, observing ethics of life and disciplining the body. Internal yoga involves training the mind for concentration and leading towards samadhi or complete absorption.
Learning the techniques of deep meditation for relaxation are not that difficult. Indeed, some of the most common techniques are very useful and actually quite easy to use. Many people are interested in deep meditation. At least it helps to promote relaxation. In current scenario of stressful life, believe me, we all could use some meditative techniques as relaxation in our lives.
Tips on Meditation for Relaxation
To reach a state of deep meditation, sit straight and focus your mind on your breath. Initially you may just include every inhalation and exhalation as one count and proceed. Later on, you can focus your mind on the gentle touch of your breath, which is very smoothening and deepening. Then, one can go more subtle by just letting the mind to ponder on the thermal sensation of your breath. This helps you to relax and calm down, making your mind quiet to a great extent.
Placing a water fountain in your meditation space or place helps. All you need is a portable, decorative fountain. It can be small or large. The important thing is that you can hear the soothing gurgle of water while you meditate. Use incense and candles specially designed for meditation. Oil lamp must be used in place of electric light. They have a very soothing effect. Incense relaxes and cleans the air as well.
You do not have to sit in the lotus position in order to reach a state of deep meditation. On the contrary, as long as you are relaxed, you can sit in any position, even a chair. Sitting on a cushion pillow can also help you relax.
Make sure your meditation area is conducive to deep relaxation. There should be no clutter there. Some people keep a fish tank or bowl. Watching fish is relaxing any way. The gurgle of water is also relaxing. Others swear by soft, relaxing music. However, music may not work for everyone. Sometimes, it can mess with your focus.
To learn the above mentioned techniques, one should consult an experienced yoga teacher. There are many introductory workshops conducted for the sake of learning proper techniques. One should attend such workshops to prepare themselves. I believe meditation cannot be learned or taught… it has to be practiced.