Tiffany Wood Yoga

Tip of the Month: How to Start Meditating

a frog meditating

Do you want to start a mediation practice but think it's too hard, you don't have time or you think you'll never be able to stop the forever-flowing thoughts in your head?

What Should Know Before You Start: You are never going to be able to stop all of the thoughts in your head, but you can learn to slow then down, become less attached to them and become the observer. So don't get upset if you get caught up in your thoughts. It's going to happen. It's a practice.

How To Start Meditating:

Set a Goal & Start Small: E.g. I am going to meditate every day for 5 minutes.

Choose a Set Time: In the morning or before you go to bed are great times, but if these don't work for you find a time that does, and stick to it.

Add to Your Daily Routine: It takes 21-30 days to form a habit so start today! Meditating at the same time and same place will also help.

Start Simple: Take long deep inhales and exhales.Try to make them even. You can do this by counting them, which also helps distract your mind from your thoughts.

Try Different Meditations: If the above practice doesn't work for you, don't give up, try something else like guided or walking meditations, or mantras.

Build It Up: Once you can maintain a routine, up the time a little, e.g. from 5 to 10 minutes.

Don't Stop: Just because your feel good doesn't mean you should stop. If you stop you many have to start your practice from the beginning again.

Journal: This is a great way to keep track of any insights you have, and to keep track of what works and what doesn't.

Have Fun: Taking this too seriously will make it more a like chore, than a beautiful practice. Give yourself permission to laugh at yourself if you go off track, and then go back to your practice.