Yoga brings up a common argument over stillness meditation versus moving meditation.
The first approach uses being, i.e., stillness and concentration and contemplation, as the path to relaxation and enlightenment. Practices might include guided imagery, hypnosis, creative visualization, progressive muscle relaxation and mindfulness breathing. The challenge is, for people who have racing brains and hyperactive imaginations and racing brains, that approach becomes frustrating and impractical. They’d prefer to move their bodies to relax their minds.
The second approach, moving meditation, uses doing, i.e., activity and flow and momentum, as the path to relaxation and enlightenment. Practices might include yoga, walking or any other form of rhythmic, repetitive action. And it’s ideal for people who need physical movement helps to anchor themselves against the tumultuous waves of thought.
Fortunately, yoga can combine both. Stillness plus movement.
What’s your preferred method of meditation?
Scott Ginsberg is a writer, daily practitioner and workstudy volunteer at Bikram Yoga Park Slope.