Dhyana: the 7th Limb in Yoga explained

When you lie in Savasana after a good yoga class, you tend to feel relaxed, carefree, and almost weightless. The body is free from tension, the mind is calm, and all of a sudden, there is just more space within you.

This is the ideal place to continue your meditation or dhyana. If you want to meditate more, this free 30-Day Meditation Challenge will help you get started. You can build inner calm by incorporating daily routines.

What is Dhyana?

Dhyana is the seventh limb of Yoga, built upon asanas (physical posture), pratyaharas (contrYogang the senses and moving the focus inward), and dharanas (concentration). The Sanskrit term dhyai means “to consider.”

Dhyana is the practice of concentration and meditation with the goal of discovering the truth. Deeper concentration of the mind is a tool of self-knowledge, where one can separate the illusion from the reality.

Dhyana in Practice

This may seem very lofty and powerful to regular yoga practitioners like you and me. Yoga is something we do to feel better, learn more about ourselves, and find peace in otherwise busy days. We may not be able to achieve a state of bliss that lasts forever.

Yoga will guide you and give you hints and tips. Each of us can take what we need from it.

According to the Yoga Sutra, the purpose of meditation is to interrupt fluctuations in normal mental activity, such as sensory knowledge and memory. Memory is the most difficult to silence, as it constantly feeds us thoughts, feelings, and glimpses of the past.

Meditation is like any other aspect of Yoga. It requires practice and patience to master. It takes arrogance (and patience!) to master. You’re taming an energetic puppy who would rather be running around than sitting still. You’ll need to train your brain to listen to you and sit still for a few moments at a time.

How to start with meditation

Dhyana is a meditation in which we concentrate our minds on an object and become absorbed by it. You can choose any object relevant to your life today, such as a body part or chakra, someone, or even a beautiful flower.

Prepare for the physical aspect of meditation. This is the foundation. It would be best if you started by doing some asanas so your body is comfortable being completely still.

You can find a comfortable posture by sitting or leaning against a wall. Do not get too caught up in the physical position. Anything that you can comfortably hold for a very long time is fine. Be sure that you are in a quiet place, and there won’t be any interruptions. You can start with 5-10 minutes per session until you get used to it.

Dhyana: Benefits and Uses

Both the mind and body benefit from meditation. You will be more relaxed, as you will have less stress in your body. By recognizing the space between events outside of our control and our reactions to them, we can achieve more peace in our everyday lives.

As we sit silently and listen to ourselves, we become more aware of who we are. This is, of course, a beautiful goal.

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