Yoga or Meditation?

Yoga or Meditation?

Yoga and Meditation

Meditation or Dhyana
Meditation or Dhyana

Yoga and meditation can be used interchangeably in some context. But there are slight differences in the way of practice and belief. These two terms  has a root of thousands years to the Vedic year of Indian subcontinent. Meditation can be termed as an element of yoga, which is mainly concerned with mental relaxation and attentiveness known as “Dhyana” in Sanskrit (picture on right).

Yoga, on the other hand, is a psycho-physical regulation focusing on the physical postures known as “Asanas” in Sanskrit (posture) and breathing exercises known as Pranayama”.

Even though Meditation is deeply rooted to the teachings of Hinduism and Buddhism but it itself is not a religion. Practicing yoga does not mean that you are practicing a particular religion.

Meditation is a practice where you control your brain to reach a certain level of consciences and this consciousness eventually enhance your brain power to improve your physical, emotional and mental health.

Looking at the two picture here will clarify the difference of yoga and meditation.

Benefits of meditation

It is proven by different scientific research that meditation or yoga has different kinds of benefits. Such as:

Physical benefits:

Weight loose, Improve sleep, Beat addiction, slow aging, Boost energy, Pain relief, Relieve anxiety, Overcome depression, Reduce high blood pressure, Stress relieve etc.

Brain and mind:

Improve focus, Boost brain power, Improve memory, Subconscious mind power, Neurology, Increase intelligent, and Neuroplasticity.

Personal Growth:

Positive energy, Increase motivation, Positive thinking, Forgive and forget, be optimistic.

Yoga Posture
Yoga Posture

Emotional:

Control anger, Relieve anxiety, Overcome depression, Sleepless, Stop Worrying, Overcome depression.

Metaphysical: 

Lucid dreaming, Raise consciousness, spiritual awakening, Quantum mind, Open third Eye.

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Different Forms of Meditation

There are different forms of meditation and each one may have one or more of the benefits listed above.

Do not confuse with yoga Asanas with other types of meditation.  Yoga has hundreds of Asanas which is Physical postures followed during yoga. But meditation is practiced by sitting with eyes closed, crossed legs, the back straight, and attention placed on breathing in and out. For the period of meditation the individual focuses on his or her breathing. And when wandering thoughts emerge, one returns to focusing on the object of meditation or breathing.

One of the popular meditation technic which is very popular and developed by Maharhi Mohesh Yogi called The “Transcendental Meditation technique” or simply TM. TM is a specific form of silent Mantra Meditation. The meditation practice involves the use of a mantra and is practiced for 15–20 minutes twice per day while sitting with one’s eyes closed. It is reported to be one of the most-widely practiced. It is the most widely researched meditation techniques, with over 340 peer-reviewed studies published.

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