MEDITATION & MANTRA: Further limbs of Ashtanga

Every Friday evening after the Mysore practice we leave the path of the Asanas at Ashtanga Yoga Raum Frankfurt and go to three further levels of Ashtanga: Ashtanga Pratyahara, Dharana and Dhyana.

We calmly retreat our senses (Pratyahara), focus on an object such as breathing, or enter a state of mindfulness (Dharana) and possibly immerse ourselves in the depths of meditation (Dhyana).

With the singing or reciting traditional mantras we round off this beautiful get-together.

THE PROCESS OF A MEDITATION & MANTRA SESSION

Meditation is linked to the previous mysore class. Those who like to participate practice in such a way that they finish their practice at about 8:00 p.m. and go into the relaxing phase (Shavasana).

Afterwards there is the possibility to leave the room to move for meditation (warm socks are recommended!). However, if you like, you can also sit directly and wait in peace in the meditation seat for the other participants.

The duration of a session depends on the energy in the room; usually we are 30-45 minutes (incl. mantras).

MEDITATION IS ALSO SUITABLE FOR BEGINNERS

If necessary, two simple meditation techniques (breathing observation and awareness meditation) are explained before the meditation. Beginners are therefore also welcome to attend the meditation session!

I CAN'T MEDITATE

“Meditation is nothing for me. I have too many thoughts in my head.”

Not to meditate because you think you “can’t meditate” or “have too many thoughts,” it’s like saying, “I can’t learn this language because I can’t speak it.”

If you sit down for meditation, your goal should not be to completely eliminate your thoughts – this is a state that at some point spontaneously sets in, but you cannot force it.

The only thing you can do is sit down and practice in a concentrated way, to go to meditation. This motivation is the only thing that counts! It’s the exercise you’re immersed in.

Having a lot of thoughts doesn’t mean you’re doing something wrong

If you have a lot of thoughts, it doesn’t mean you’re failing in meditating, it just shows you that you’re starting that day at a point where you have a lot of thoughts. Personally, I would even say that you are already meditating. You recognize in meditation (looking inward) your own agitate and it becomes the object of your concentration.

At this point, it is important to engage without evaluation and without attachment, to accept one’s and his thoughts as they are at the moment and simply to practice concentration. Through this effort alone, you will be able to feel the positive effects of coming to rest.

Continuous practice allows more and more frequent moments of immersion

With the exercise, your thoughts will become flatter and flatter. In other words, they will continue to lash out at you all the time, but you will no longer immerse yourself so deeply in them – you will no longer be able to break your head so much about them, but will be able to accept them and let them pass by again.

Finally, thoughts come less often, until you finally enjoy longer moments of calm, immersion and clear in-you-looking.

Every moment of spiritual rest is then like a single drop. As the moments multiply, the drops become more and more connected and eventually become an even flow.