Do you want to teach your students to meditate but don't know where to start? Meditation can be difficult at first and finding ways to make it accessible to your students can be challenging.
One of the things that can make learning to meditate much easier is doing some preparation work first. After all, you wouldn't teach somebody a headstand in their very first yoga class. Even when you do teach somebody headstand, you wouldn't teach them until you were sure they'd prepared properly with poses that build their strength, balance and focus.
It's the same with meditation. If you jump in cold, students are likely to find it much harder to sit in silent meditation for very long. So how do you help students prepare to meditate? This video makes it easy.
In the yoga tradition, meditation is part of a suite of practices that help us to enjoy better physical and mental health. The great yoga texts, such as the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, offer a number of practices that can help settle the mind and relax the body. That's exactly what we want to do before attempting meditation. It's all much easier if we do a bit of preparation.
Preparing for meditation doesn't need to take long and the practices can be enjoyed by anybody. Simple movements, breathing practices and focusing techniques can be done easily. For students who are not ready to sit in complete stillness yet, these preparation techniques can be used on their own - they're a great stepping stone to formal meditation.
In the video below, you'll see me, Nikola Ellis, teach a short practice that will help you and your students prepare for seated meditation. You'll learn a number of techniques to settle the mind and improve focus in preparation for meditation. They're all easy and do-able for students of all ages and abilities. Give them a try and let me know how they go!
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Nikola Ellis is the founder of Adore Yoga, yoga therapist, counsellor and teacher trainer. She conducts regular trainings that help people of all ages, shapes and abilities enjoy the benefits of yoga and meditation, including Meditation Facilitator Certificate Trainings; Level 1 200hr Teacher Training and Post Graduate Yoga Teacher Training in Mental Health, Adaptive Asana and the Foundations of Yoga Therapy and a highly regarded professional 650hr Graduate Certificate of Yoga Therapy.