Dharana: training the brain to concentrate

In my monthly look at  Patanjali’s eight limbs of yoga, we’re drawing towards the last few now. The three remaining are internally-focused and build towards what can be seen as the ultimate goal of yoga. These three are: dharana (concentration), dhyana (meditation) and samadhi (absorption, union). This month I will concentrate (pun intended) on dharana. Dharana (pronunciation guide)…

10 mantras: videos and lyrics

Some time ago I came across a blog post called Top 10 little mantras with videos and links and thought it might be a useful resource for people who like to experiment with different mantras as part of their yoga practice or as meditation. The original post is a few years old now, but all…

WOW: wishing well

This week in class we practised a simple mindfulness meditation exercise which focuses on feelings of wellness and wellbeing. The WOW phrase stands for ‘wishing ourselves well, wishing others well’. It is important to wish ourselves well if we are to be able to help, support and be compassionate towards others. We can then begin…

Music, mantra and meditation, plus daffodils

I’m becoming increasingly interested in sound vibrations and how music, mantra and sound interrelate with yoga, and the associated benefits. I therefore enjoyed a local yoga event entitled ‘Music, Mantra and Meditation – the way of Nada Yoga’ with Rajesh David and Upasana. I have met both these lovely people before at yoga events. I find…

Free 21 mantra meditation journey

Are you interested in meditation or mantra? Do you not know where to start with mantra meditation? Then you may want to sign up to a free 21 day online mantra meditation journey with world leaders in mantra meditation Deva Premal and Miten. From 23rd April 2013 they’re running a free online 21 day mantra…