What is Meditation?
Meditation is an integral part of yoga. The aim is to achieve a perfect balance between body and mind. Focusing on your body can help you to heighten awareness of the many changes that are happening inside you. Meditation can also help you to improve your mental focus. Both of these skills will prove invaluable when you go into labour.
You have to concentrate when you meditate. This is what makes it different from deep relaxation (yoga nidra).
Can I safely meditate while I’m pregnant?
You can meditate during all stages of pregnancy. In the final weeks, though, your growing bump may make some yoga postures uncomfortable.
We show you the postures and breathing techniques most suited to your changing body. We show you how to do the movements without straining your back or tummy muscles.
How can meditation in yoga help me?
Yoga experts believe that meditation helps you to:
- connect with your inner-most feelings
- focus and concentrate
- deal with mood swings
- increase self-awareness
- be closer to your baby
- become calm and relaxed
Which forms of meditation are used in yoga?
There are many forms of meditation.
- Spacial meditation makes you more aware of how you feel, helping you to focus inwards, and on your immediate environment. Vipassana means “to see things as they really are”.
- Mantra meditation uses a particular word, phrase or prayer, such as “om”. Chanting these creates sounds that aim to balance what yoga teachers refer to as your body’s energy centres (chakras). You may want to listen to a recorded chant or a relaxing piece of music while meditating.
- Deep breath and breath awareness meditation involves focusing on your breathing to observe its nuances and movement. You may wish to put your hand on your bump while you keep track of your breathing.
- Concept meditation is a technique where you visualise a concept or an object. This can include the waves of the sea, a blue sky, a flower, leaf, crystal, pebble or your growing baby. You learn to focus on the relaxed, quiet feeling fostered by the imagery, and meditate. Listen to our concept meditation podcasts, which focus on a garden, handkerchief and colours.
- Walking meditation can calm your restless mind. Walk around a chosen spot and, as you move, concentrate on your breathing and your pace. This can be very effective in labour, helping you to focus on your baby’s birth, while keeping active and mobile.
This is a program for pregnant couples or single moms to be. The program is a 6 session program to help you connect to your baby in your womb. Yes this is possible.
Paramhansa Yogananda addressed the point of when the soul enters the body in numerous writings.It is a common belief these days that until a child is actually born, it is not yet a consciously developing human being. This belief is fallacious.
“When does the soul enter the body?” someone asked the Master.
“At the moment of conception,” he replied. “When the sperm and ovum unite, there is a flash of light in the astral world. Souls there that are ready to be reborn, if their vibration matches that of the flash of light, rush to get in. Sometimes two or more get in at the same time, and the woman has twins, triplets, or even – well!
“It is important, therefore, to come together physically with an uplifted consciousness. That flash generated in the astral world reflects the couple’s state of consciousness, especially as they felt during the moment of physical union sometimes (such as after death, and before life) we have an astral body, made of energy and light. I have seen these ideas help many children, young and old.
Paramhansa Yogananda also taught that when the flash occurs, from the sperm and ovum uniting, the new body starts to create the medulla oblongata, the seat of the “ego” in the body. He sometimes referred to the ego as the “soul identified with the body.”
All of this knowledge serves our children as they grow older, and must make moral decisions in their personal lives, as well as in the various ethical questions that can come up in an ever-advancing, scientific society that continues to offer us more options individually, and as a society.
Spiritual Pregnacy refers to connecting to the soul of your child and feeding your unborn with the Life Force Energy it requires to maintain the thread of soul connection with Divine. In addition the Meditation processes help the Ego of the Mother and Ego of the developing unborn to also create a strong bond based on Love and Divine Light.
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