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September 21, 2016

Similarities between Yoga and Meditation

Yoga and meditation are usually brought under the same roof, even though they are widely apart. The reason why yoga and meditation are grouped together is because they are headed for the same rooftop in most ways. Yoga is a physical art and meditation is an awakening of the inner consciousness, but they both mutually bring clarity and positivity.

Common Gifts of Meditation and Yoga


Yoga and meditation are both ancient practices, which have been serving mankind for generations. The purpose of both the practices is to provide inner peace. They tend to bring the mind to a tranquil state where stress is blocked out. Union of the four sub practices of yoga (Karma, Jnana, Bhakti, and Raja) and selective deep inner thinking (meditation) can collectively help reach complete illumination.This enlightenment is an ultimate state of emotional, intellectual and spiritual equilibrium.


Knowledge is the key to everyone’s well-being, especially knowledge about oneself. Meditation and yoga help you learn about yourself,as all that hidden information in your conscious and subconscious minds arebrought up to the surface. You become one with the environment and arrive at spiritual peace. Yoga being based on easy to difficult physical poses, and meditation being mostly sitting and breathing, both aim at clearing your mind for self-awareness.


Many people turn to practices such as yoga and meditation to release their stress. This stress may be built due to work overload, an unfortunate event, an emotional put-down etc. Some may pursue it to actively deal with their PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder).This disorder may originate because of some kind of trauma and it may seem like there’s no cure, but meditation and yoga are wise ways to bring these people back to life.


In a world like ours, where everyone’s in a race to look the best, diets and workout plans are common.Walking for hours and going to the gym are usual habits now. Along with the body, fitness of the mind is also important for the wellbeing of an individual. That’s where both meditation and yoga step in. Yoga is an all-round practice of themind-body dualism along with attainment of spiritual peace. Similarly, meditation can be called food for mind. At the end of the day, both in their separate waysare aiming at keeping you fit and satisfied with yourself.


The most effective timing for both meditation and yoga is in the morning. Whether you’re in your home or have joined a yoga program, both the practices are most effective during mornings because your mind is at rest. It is also quiet outside and finding inner peace is a lot easier when the environment is silent and the air feels pure.


Yoga is often seen as an ‘escape’. However, from another perspective, it might seem to be something higher than an escape. It is the acceptance of your problems; it is letting go and getting over them. Meditation is also an intellect based practice.It teaches that cognitively awakening and accepting your issues is the best and the most eternal escape of all.


Meditation and yoga are centuries old practices and have spread wide across the globe. Even after science has proven them to be the best exercise for the mind, they are openly underestimated. An average individual seeking peace or a stress reliever, will turn to music, Salah or just “sleep on it” instead of turning to yoga or meditation. People are not taking mental illness seriously (as they consider them temporary)and practices such as yoga and meditation are being suppressedbecause of it.


While in your physical postures (yoga) or while sitting cross-legged on a mat (meditation), your breathing patterns play an important role. In both the practices, the focus needs to be inwards and this is achievable by paying attention to one’s breathing. Yogis consider their inhaling as absorbing positive energy and exhaling as getting rid of stress. Breathing is one of the basics for attainment of inner peace.


Yoga and meditation are practices originated by the Hindus.With the passage of time, they have been altered by many other cultures to have fit their needs, but they are still considered eastern practices and a derivative of the Vedic Hinduism.

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