Some people think that meditation and yoga are one and the same. Well, in their application, they revolve around the same principles. But in practice, they are unique to themselves. Meditation can be a part of Yoga and it can also stand on its own. What we mean by the latter is that you can meditate without having to practice Yoga. The same is true vice versa.
The reason why these misconceptions are around is because of lack of information. That, and the way meditation and yoga have a similar goal of achieving a level of wellness that involves strengthening the self in order to have true self-awareness and confidence.
The Differences Between Meditation And Yoga
Both have a higher level of well-being as their process. We say “higher level” because it doesn’t focus only on one aspect of a person’s health. Rather, they delve into every state of our being, physical, emotional, and spiritual.
However, they do have their differences. Meditation is centered in the mind. It aims to let us achieve calm, and along the way, teaches us how to focus and reach self-awareness. Once we become in control of our thoughts and are able to have a calm state of mind, stressors will no longer turn into anxiety and we can face challenges with positivity and make sound decisions.
This way of thinking then overflows to the physical, so that our daily lifestyle changes for the better.
On the other hand, Yoga has immediate physical benefits. Although meditation is a part of its process and it has practices that are of the mind, Yoga is a discipline that uses body movements and postures for flexibility, strength, and relaxation. All these are linked together for balance and wholeness.
Why Practice Both
Because both have the aim of reaching true calm, health, positivity, happiness, and self-awareness.
We shouldn’t be concerned only about our minds or only about our physical bodies. The physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of who we are aren’t separate from one another but work together. If we desire to achieve overall health, then we must give attention to both.
When we face challenges or stressors, they send signals to our brain so that our “fight or flight” response becomes activated. This is a good thing because it allows us to have that sudden boost of energy and focus at that precise moment.
However, this response happens only once in a while and it wears us down soon after because of the energy it consumes. This means that when this response isn’t available to us, the tendency to worry increases, thus turning into stress and negativity.
It follows then when we are stressed, our way of thinking affects our body negatively, and may even lead to illness. Therefore, practicing both meditation and yoga will be beneficial to you in an amazingly holistic manner.
The Benefits Of Practicing Meditation And Yoga (Together)
1. A calm and relaxed mind
2. Positivity and happiness
3. Self-awareness and self-confidence
4. Fewer tendencies to worry and thus be anxious
5. Strength in body and mind
6. Physical flexibility and agility
8. Physical, emotional and spiritual health