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What is the difference between mindful practice and meditation?

September 22, 2020 |

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Mindful practice is about being completely present in our practice every moment. It involves doing our entire practice with 100% focus and attention without the mind wandering anywhere else at all. Mindful asana practice involves doing each and every asana and movement of our various body parts with complete breath coordination and with the mind being completely bound to this breath-based movement all through the practice. Mindful pranayama practice is regulation of our breath with complete and exclusive focus on our breath alone.

Meditation is an uninterrupted flow of thought between the object and the mediator to the exclusion of everything else and without getting distracted by any other object. Meditation is a state of mind where there is complete clarity about the object of focus. The mind is so completely focused on an object that there are no other thoughts in the mind.

Asana practice and pranayama are external yoga practices which prepares us for meditation which is an internal yoga practice. Asana practice uses the body and pranayama uses the breath to train the mind to focus completely on the activity being done at a given point of time. And this over a period of time enables one to develop a high level of focus and attention. This sharpened trained mind is able to go deeper into more subtle aspects of the object of focus in meditation.

A mindful practice is the starting point and an essential prerequisite for meditation.

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Ms. Mimi Partha Sarathy

Founder, Managing Trustee and Sr. Yoga Teacher Sri Krishna Wellness Yoga Centre

Bengaluru, Karnataka, India