One of the most important foundations of Yoga Illumined Teacher Training is Meditation.
Throughout the training, we study the 8 limbs of Yoga as described by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras:
Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana and Samadhi
The 7th limb – Dhyana – is Meditation.
At Yoga Illumined, we emphasize the fact that one cannot really embody Yoga without Meditation.
Meditation is so many things.
But from the standpoint of the teachings of Yoga – it is the ability to quiet the mind enough so that one can listen to the voice of the Heart.
Quieting the mind can be easier said than done.
So the Yogis, including Patanjali, gave us many methods to aid us in Meditation.
One of these is Mantra – the repetition of sounds, verses in Sanskrit, the original language of Yoga.
The goal of Mantra is not the mantra itself, but the wide open sky-like nature of the mind.
Breathe in. Breathe out. And enter the place within where all thoughts, images, outer sounds subside.
Breathe in the sound “Ham” or “Hum” and exhale the sound “Sah”. Ham-Sah. The Mantra of the Breath. Listen. Relax. Release everything into Ham and Sah. Until everything quiets down. Attach to nothing. Drop everything completely. Hold on to “Ham-Sah.” “I-AM that I-Am.”
Om shantih om,