How to Meditate

3 Confidence-Boosting Meditations For Your Sun Salutes

No time to meditate? Bryant Park Yoga teacher Sangeeta Vallabhan doesn't buy it. You make time for Surya Namaskar, don't you?

Above: Sangeeta Vallabhan teaching at Bryant Park

Bryant Park Yoga is back in New York City for its 12th season, featuring teachers curated by Yoga Journal. This week’s featured instructor is Sangeeta Vallabhan of Yoga Vida and YogaWorks, who led the Tuesday morning class and teaches again tonight.

One of the benefits of a consistent yoga practice is an increased sense of confidence that emerges from within, brings a sense of ease, and makes you feel grounded and complete. These three meditations can help build confidence and foster a feeling of being deeply rooted. Bonus: They fit right into your asana practice.

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Try incorporating these practices into at least three rounds of Surya Namaskar: Before each round, take a moment with your eyes closed and your hands in Prayer to think about what each meditation means to you. Keep weaving the one you need the most into the rest of your practice—especially in moments when your concentration wavers.

1. Acknowledge your practice as an act of self-love or self-care.

Seeing your practice as an act of self-love or self-care allows you to feel a sense of gratitude for taking the time and making the effort to practice. It’s not always easy to bring yourself to the mat, but when you do, it’s always good, it always matters. Having gratitude for your efforts is immediately grounding.

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2. Think of someone who makes you smile or feel at ease.

Thinking of someone who makes you smile or feel at ease allows you to feel lighter. When you feel lighter and content, there is clarity and an ease behind your sense of Self. The back and forth of how you define or see yourself decreases; you start to feel like yourself. It feels authentic. It comes from within, not from someone else’s definitions or expectations.

3. Trust your personal compass.

Trusting your personal compass is big. We are inundated with what we should do, say, and think. Listening to the advice of others is important, but in the end, trust yourself. The more you practice, the easier it is to have clarity. You’ll be less likely to compare yourself to others and more able to accept things the way they really are.

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Check here for the schedule of upcoming Bryant Park Yoga classes, which take place every Tuesday and Thursday through Sept. 23. Follow the Bryant Park Yoga series at #YJendlessYOGAsummer.