My Yoga Journal March 1, 2005 — Issue 141
Your weekly dose of yoga tips, information, and advice.
The Meditation Method
One of my friends spent several years studying to become an acupuncturist. During this time, he developed a debilitating health condition. When he went to visit his teachers in the clinic to see whether acupuncture could help him, they told him something surprising. Yes, consistent acupuncture would help. But only meditation would really heal him.
My friend’s teachers believe that meditation has a deep power to heal the body and boost the immune system. Until recently, such claims have been proposed by practitioners and questioned by others. But as alternative therapies like yoga and meditation move further into the mainstream, we’re seeing data that supports this and other conclusions about the power of meditation.
This week we look at some of that data. Some of you may be considering its relevance for the first time. Others of you might see it as the inspiration you need to make time in your life to sit still and breathe.
In This Issue:
Featured Pose: Anjali Mudra (Salutation Seal)
Practicing Anjali Mudra is an excellent way to induce a meditative state of awareness.
Inspired Minds: Mind Your Meditation
Richard Davidson's research shows that meditation really works.
A recent study suggests that practicing meditation can produce lasting positive changes in both the brain and the immune system.
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A Pause That Refreshes
A new study shows what we knew all along: Meditation can boost immunity.
Research suggests that more time on the meditation cushion means a longer enlightened state when you get off it.
What keeps a meditation practice going for 25 years? Renowned author Natalie Goldberg offers some insight.
In the classical yoga tradition, hatha yoga is practiced as preparation for seated meditation. So over time, you might naturally find yourself drawn inward toward more contemplative practices.
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