Moving Meditation Practice
Meditation…do you do it? Have you got time to sit for 5, 10 or 30 minutes every day? What if I told you that you can meditate while moving?…
Meditation is one of my favourite wellness tools and up until recently my practice has been pretty strong for a few years now. My normal routine would be to do my asana practice, followed by sitting down to meditate for at least 20-30 minutes every day.
As I mentioned above, that was what used to happen, lately I can’t even bring myself to sit still for long enough to even practice a little bit of mindfulness – and I don’t mind telling you, it’s completely stressing me out! Since just before the Christmas break the studio has been humming (so blessed) and I’ve become involved in business and personal projects that have consumed my time and energy. Don’t get me wrong, I’m loving it! It’s like I’ve just discovered that I can actually do anything I set my mind to and so there’s nothing that can stop me…which means that I’m busy and buzzing full of creative energy. Which incidentally makes it quite hard for me to sit still for more than a few minutes!
I can be a little ‘floaty’ without meditation, as in I need to keep myself grounded and I find that when I’m not sufficiently grounded I pick up other peoples ‘stuff’ and constantly find myself in situations where my energy is drained. When I take the time to meditate and centre myself I am able to interact and hold space but not be affected by other peoples energy and drama.
So, being that I hadn’t really been able to sit quietly for almost two months I’ve been a little tired and on edge, on the one hand desperately seeking some silence while on the other rebelling against having to sit still with so much creative energy buzzing around me. The Yogi’s nightmare!
Funnily enough at the same time, the Hatha Flow classes have been focused on guiding students into the concept of Yoga being a ‘moving meditation’ and so I’ve been teaching simple flows to connect the breath with the present moment, the body just flowing with the inhale and exhale. It seems to work a treat and often I feel the focus in class sharpen when we begin or finish with these flows. I’ve been saying repeatedly “you do not have to sit to meditate, meditation can be practiced in so many different ways“…it never occurred to me that I needed to practice what I was preaching, as always we are our own greatest teachers. Moving meditations are actually how I first experienced the effects of having ‘meditated’ years ago when I got sick, it was when I discovered how magic yoga was, but I guess I just figured that this wasn’t how I meditated anymore. Consider me humbled.
It was after talking to my friend Jess that I realised that what I was being guided to teach in the Hatha Flow classes was actually just as much for me as for the students. I was telling Jess about my frustration at not being able to sit down for 5 minutes, let alone sink into a meditation like I have enjoyed for the last few years. She suggested that I practice the moving meditation that I had been teaching and the more I think about it, the more it makes sense. At the moment I’m in a period of growth and am creating quicker than I can keep up with sometimes, so my energy is buzzing and busy. Sitting still isn’t really working for me so I need the movement to slow me down gradually and quieten the mind, let the prana flow freely through my body. So that has been my new meditation practice, the key I needed find my centre, ground myself and welcome those magical bits of wisdom and insight that come through when we can clear body and mind, shifting from external to internal.
It got me thinking about people who say meditation isn’t for them as they consider it boring or too hard to sit quietly for 5, 10 or 30 minutes. A moving meditation is a great way to practice, there’s no need to wriggle around trying to find a comfortable seat and you only need a small space (the area of your yoga mat) to practice. There are also other ways to practice a moving meditation too: walking, running or any other solo work out can often transcend you into a meditative state.
I’ve made a short video to share the moving meditation that I’ve been practicing and teaching, so check it out below and let me know how you get on.
7-Day Moving Meditation Challenge:
Got 2, 5 or 10 minutes spare in your day? Join us for the 7-Day Moving Meditation Challenge!
- If possible practice your moving meditation at the same time every morning (when you rise) or every night (before bed). Set a realistic goal of how much time you have to spare: 2, 5 or 10 minutes.
- Keep a journal to write down how you feel: before, during and after…journalling is a great way to get insight into what is really going on physically, emotionally and mentally. Often we have flashes of wisdom, lightbulb moments and clarity during meditation which can be easily forgotten if not written down, so put aside a minute to take notes once you’ve finished.
- Get a friend or family member involved and check in with each other through out the week! Or email firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know how you’re going, I’d love to hear about your experiences.