#MicroMeditations Pt. 2
As I discussed last week, there are ways to begin interweaving centeredness into our lives and it doesn't actually require more time or effort. It's simply a mind shift.
Today, we're going to begin with layer 1 of an optional 5 layer mindful and meditation practice. This work comes from Tantra yoga practices. Now I want to mention that my entire time as a yogi I have believed that tantric styles of yoga were based solely around sexual practices, it turns out I was extremely wrong. Tantra yoga is actually the yoga tradition that is credited for the first writings and teachings of Kundalini and our understanding of the Chakras and energy systems in the body.
Which means I've been practicing and speaking of tantric yoga traditions my entire path as a yogi- ironic but also amazing!
So, as it's been shared with me from a tantra master teacher, here's what we need to know about micro Meditations, beginning with layer 1: PAUSED BREATH. To begin, we simply deepen the breath, just gently and not to the degree where it requires too much effort. As we deepens the breath we pause for a moment, 1-5 beats without creating anxious feelings, at the bottom of an exhale and the top of an inhale. You can think of it as the "after exhale" or the "before breath."
Paused breathing gives us a chance to surrender into the stillness and to become silently aware of the spaciousness within and around. Don't try too hard, dissolve into that space, and remember that the breath is what you are, let it be natural, without too much effort or thought. Try this first layer for 10-15 minutes if you're new to meditation but once you've found a rhythm, shortening your time to 1-5 minute meditations sprinkled throughout your day. Even in crowded, noisy spaces.
This first layer is the basis of a powerful and energetic meditation practice for healing and restoring. Try this exercise and tune back in for more of our series on Micro Meditations.