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How to Meditate in Yoga

The first step to successful meditation is practicing it often. But even in a class where the yoga teacher sets time aside for meditation, getting the hang of how to meditate can be quite challenging, whether you're a beginner to yoga or you've been taking yoga classes for a while. Considering that serious yogis spend a lifetime honing the art of meditation, there's no sense in pressuring yourself to perfect your own meditation technique after just a few sessions.

Yoga meditation for beginners

'An easy way to learn how to meditate is to focus on the here and now,' says Morissette. When you're mindful about being in the moment, there's no room for your attention to be pulled toward distracting thoughts about the past or future. 'That can be very freeing,' says Morissette.

He recommends beginning with active meditation, where you focus your thoughts on something specific. 'The idea is to streamline your attention to only one thing at a time, like your breathing or gazing at a candle flame.'

When you're first trying out this meditation technique, says Morissette, be prepared for your mind to wander sometimes. Whenever you become aware that your thoughts have drifted, simply redirect your mental focus back to the present.

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