Whether you are a student, a taxi driver or a busy mum, meditation will help you to deal with life’s challenges in a positive way. Meditation can lower your levels of stress and therefore have a positive effect on your body and mind.
But the benefits of meditation go much deeper than relieving stress. Through the practice of meditation a person can overcome anxiety and depression and experience an actual inner spiritual fulfilment or happiness. The secret to gaining the benefits is to practice it regularly. By starting your day with 15 minutes of meditation, you will find that your whole day flows more smoothly.
The timeless art of meditation has been practiced by saints and sages since ancient times to bring about the joyful state of self-realisation. In this consciousness a person is free from temporary worries, anxieties and concerns and is immersed in a higher spiritual happiness and inner peacefulness.
What is a Mantra
Yoga philosophy speaks about the Original Cause or Source of everyone and everything. Mantras are spiritual sound vibration springing from the Original Cause that have the effect of reconnecting us with that source we have all come from.
Mantras have no material origin they are eternal and transcendental. They can be found in the Vedas or ancient yoga texts and have been passed down by the self-realised sages in the yoga lineages since time immemorial
Meditation for a Peaceful Mind
The word “mantra” is a Sanskrit word that has two parts; “Man” means mind, “Tra” to draw away from. In the practice of mantra meditation the mind and heart are drawn away from the material dimension with all of its hassles, stresses, worries, etc, that continue to burden us. In meditation you’re focussing your mind on the mantra and gradually the mind develops an attraction or a taste for the mantra, for the spiritual dimension itself, and finds comfort in it and relaxation in it and rest in it. So the mind gradually experiences restfulness or peacefulness in the mantra.
Meditation – A Path of Self Discovery
Meditation is a path of self discovery it is inseparable from the yoga system. The culmination and definition of yoga—is perfect spiritual love. ASMY’s purpose is to pass on the various yoga/meditation practices to help individuals move toward the transcendent (i.e., to achieve their optimum physical, mental, spiritual well-being).
The wisdom of the yoga texts teach that our actual identity is we are eternal spirit souls, part and parcel of the Supreme Soul. Meditation helps purify our consciousness so we come to understand our real spiritual identity.
Benefits of Meditation
An increasing number of people want a lifestyle which will help them achieve overall well-being physically, mentally and spiritually. Because this is what yoga offers, we find that people are naturally attracted to it and are interested in its practice and applying its principles and techniques to their lives.
For example, some people may be attracted to yoga because they want to relieve stress by doing some yoga asanas, a little pranayam (breathing), relaxation, and quiet meditative chanting (Kirtan). Others may be interested in studying meditation or yoga philosophy. Others, especially young people, mainly want to have a fun “rockout” Kirtan. Some people want to learn more about yoga diet, ethics, morals, etc.; so we offer classes covering all of these interests. ASMY offers classes, programs, and activities covering various yoga categories allowing individuals to learn and practice any of the “steps” or methods of yoga they want to.
ASMY’s philosophy and approach to the teaching of yoga is a very holistic and integrated one. ASMY offers all kinds of yoga asana classes and courses from hatha yoga to bhakti yoga. This holistic approach reflects the extensive background of our teachers. ASMY’s purpose is to pass on the various yoga/meditation practices to help individuals move toward the transcendent (i.e., to achieve their optimum physical, mental, spiritual well-being).