How To Meditate: A Complete Guide For Beginners

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By Brett Larkin Yoga

Yoga & meditation teacher

How To Meditate: A Complete Guide For Beginners

About This Class

In this video, I'm going to show your how to meditate simply and effectively in just three steps. Let's get started! Meditation, Are you doing it right? This is a complete guide for all level including beginners on how to meditate or do meditation.

When we come to meditate, STEP 1 is that we need to make sure we have a nice and tall spine. For many of us, this is very challenging. We're not used to thinking about our posture as we move through our day to day.. and sitting up tall is actually really hard work. Many of us just naturally sit back on our sitting bones what's called a posterior pelvic tilt but when we meditate we want a slight anterior pelviv tilt so the curve of the low back can remain neutral. We also want to make sure that our hips are higher than our knees so we don't restrict blood flow to the feet and lower legs.. no one likes that pins and needles feeling of the legs and feet falling asleep. This is where a meditation cushion makes all the difference. Sit up on the cushion so your hips are higher than your knees. Check that you're sitting on the front edge of the cushion, allowing your low back to have that natural gentle curve. Lastly, stack the shoulders over the hips, crown of the head directly above the tailbone.

The next one, STEP 2 in meditation is to try to draw your senses inward easy ways to do this is to close your eyes, dim the lights practice a breathing technique like alternate nostril breathing nadi shodhana or sitali pranayama keeping the eyes closed doing some breath work signals to the body and the nervous system transitioning from a state of outward focus to inward focus.

Lastly, STEP 3 for meditation is to sit, watch the breath and attempt to clear your mind. I say attempt because it's very common that you won't be able to stop your thoughts. What you can do is continually bring your attention back to the breath noticing the physical sensations of the breath in the body really allowing your attention to rest with the senses instead of the thoughts in your mind. This isn't easy and takes tons of practice that's why there's thousand of different meditation schools and philosophies, different types of meditation, different ways to practice quietting the mind will resonate with different people at different times in their lives. So it's great to experiment and try a lot of styles. Some of my favorite techniques that help me sit in silence or to bring my attention continually back to my breath think of my thoughts as clouds passing in the sky, Labeling my thoughts like love, worry, fear, anxiety, to-do really me realize that my thoughts aren't me and helps me then bring my attention back to the breath and the present moment.

Whatever style of meditation you choose to practice, I hope this how to meditate video helps you get started.


REMEMBER THESE 3 STEPS:

STEP 1 - Finding a proper meditation seat with the tall spine

STEP 2 - Draw your attention inward

STEP 3 - Try to clear your mind by focusing in your breath

Meet Your Teacher

Brett Larkin Yoga

Yoga & meditation teacher

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Brett Larkin is the founder of her award-winning YouTube channel, Uplifted™️ Online Yoga Teacher Trainings, a successful entrepreneur, and sought-after online business consultant

Passionate yogis and yoga teachers from around the world turn to Brett for guidance on how to live their best life — on and off the mat. Using her proven high-touch method in the online world, Brett helps her students find their authentic voice, create thriving online communities, and accelerate their yoga and wellness business revenue.

YOGINI

Brett has twenty-five years of ballet and modern dance training and is Ballet Barre certified. While still in college, Brett studied in both New York and India with her first teacher, the original co-founder of YogaWorks, Yogiraj Alan Finger. She’s completed multiple Yoga Alliance, KRI and prenatal certified trainings with teachers who inspire her like Gurmukh, Rod Stryker, Elena Brower, Kia Miller and Guru Singh. She took two subsequent trips to India. Brett is also a Massage Therapist specializing in myofascial release and unwinding under physical therapist John Barnes. In her IT career, Brett studied human movement and created fitness and dance videogames that have sold thousands of copies. She’s taught yoga in studios and at Silicon Valley’s hottest companies. Her 450K+ subscriber channel won Youtube’s “Next Up” award in 2015 as one of the top emerging yoga channels on Youtube. Brett’s yoga classes are streamed for over 4 million minutes each month. As a lifelong learner, Brett continues to take additional yoga trainings each year. When you choose Uplifted™ Teacher Training, you not only study with Brett, but the teachers she most admires. Yogiraj Alan Finger, bestselling author Anodea Judith, Ph.D., founder of MetaAnatomy, Kristin Leal, and global authority on fascia, Tom Myers, all teach portions of the curriculum. Brett holds a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

ENTREPENEUR 

digital pioneer in training online yoga teachers, Brett has certified over 1,500 yogis to become teachers and healers. Veteran yoga teachers turn to Brett to deepen their skills and jumpstart their businesses. As a visionary, Brett has been featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur.com, and Gaia, and as a teacher she has brought her unique approach to executives at Silicon Valley’s hottest companies and developed a devoted following globally. Brett co-founded and sold two successful health & wellness businesses before developing Uplifted™ Yoga as a successful global business. An industry disrupter, Brett is an expert at successfully transitioning traditional brick-and-mortar industries into the online space, while accelerating revenue and impact. With a strong background in tech and a knack for forecasting trends, she was the first person in the world to put an interactive 200-Hour Yoga Certification Program Online in 2015 and run it live, in real time. Her passion for working with yoga teachers and healers has improved their lives and their balance sheets, sparking demand from clients beyond the wellness industry. Clients turn to Brett for best-practices on bringing educational experiences online with the best technical tools.

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