How to Meditate

Steps to Building a Lasting Meditation Practice

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Build a lasting meditation practice, step-by-step, with Richard Miller, PhD, the founding president of the Integrative Restoration Institute (, co-founder of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, and author of iRest Meditation and Yoga Nidra. In this series, which unfolds over the course of 10 issues of Yoga Journal, Miller offers tips, advice, and guided audio practices that will help you commit to and experience the infinite benefits of meditation.

Set an Intention

Give Your Meditation Practice Staying Power

Finding the right intention will help you stay focused on your goal of keeping a consistent meditation practice. (From the April/May issue of Yoga Journal.)

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Align with the Universal Life Force

Find the Light in Meditation Through Shakti

Meditation can help us get in touch with the universal life force that connects us all. Here’s how to align with shakti. (From the June issue of Yoga Journal.)

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Tap Into a Sense of Unchanging Well-Being

Feel Whole, Healthy, and Grounded

Meditating on what it means to just be can help you feel deeply connected to yourself and everything in the cosmos, without the need to fix or heal anything. (From the July/August issue of Yoga Journal.)

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Learn to Listen to Your Body in Meditation

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Meditate on physical sensations in order to feel calm, grounded, and healthy.

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Tune in to Your Breath

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Find Inner Peace

Meditating on your breath can help you feel calm, grounded, and connected.

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Learn to Listen to Your Emotions with Meditation

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Meditate on your feelings to get calm, grounded, and healthy.

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Transform Negative Thoughts with Meditation

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Even your negative thoughts want you to find inner peace.

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A Meditation Practice to Let In Joy + Happiness

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How to find happiness, even in your darkest hour.

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Find Lasting Peace with Meditation

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Let your meditation practice take you places you never thought possible.

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