How to Choose the Right Meditation Practice Depending On Your Ayurvedic Dosha
Meditation offers a natural way to achieve and sustain a deep sense of serenity and relaxation at mental and physical levels. It is an integral part of Ayurveda and includes the teachings of this unique holistic system of medicine.
Let us learn more about meditation and the benefits it provides. We will also discuss specific meditation practices suitable for you depending on your Dosha.
What is meditation?
Meditation offers a unique constitutional model aimed at providing us with the guidance needed to create a balance between our emotional, physical, and spiritual self. It can relieve mental and physical stress allowing us to feel rejuvenated and relaxed after each session.
Meditation can also improve your self-awareness and make you more conscious of your dietary habits and lifestyle. This can prepare you to adopt healthy habits and help you overcome the common health issues linked to incorrect dietary and lifestyle choices.
The practice of meditation involves different techniques, each aimed at opening the mind to allow the spirit of wellness to enter your inner self. It allows the life force or prana to enter the body deluging you with positive emotions like love, compassion, serenity, relaxation, and happiness.
Each session of meditation leaves the mind rejuvenated and filled with positive energy. You would also feel a greater inner strength, patience, and wisdom that will help you overcome the obstacles and challenges in your life.
Why is it important to practice Dosha-specific meditation?
You can practice meditation in different ways. You can chant a mantra to release your mind from stress or use prayer beads or practice walking meditation.
Each form of meditation is tied with specific benefits and corrects specific imbalances. This is why; it is essential to know the best meditation practice that could be suitable for you depending on your dominant Dosha.
It can rebalance the Pitta, Vata, and Kapha Doshas and restore the balance between different organs and systems of your body. Here are the specific meditation techniques that you can practice depending on your Dosha.
Meditation on the Breath for Pitta Dosha
Mental and physical peace and quietness – this is what you need to neutralize the sharp and hot qualities of pitta.
Excess Pitta may manifest as irritation, frustration, impatience, impulsivity, and anger. Meditation on the breath imparts spacious and cooling qualities thereby neutralizing the imbalances in Pitta Dosha. It redirects the focus of Pitta on calmness thus bringing it to rest on the gentle anchor of your breaths.
How to practice Meditation on the Breath
- Find a comfortable place where you will not be interrupted or distracted.
- Sit straight while resting your hands on the laps with your palms turned up.
- Then, close the eyes and loosen up the muscles in your jaw and face.
- Anchor your attention on the belly.
- Now, without controlling the breathing, observe the movements and sensations of breaths in the belly.
- Continue for about 10 to 20 minutes, or until your mind feels calm and relaxed.
Mantra Meditation for Vata Dosha
Establishing a soft and comfortable rhythm is an effective way to soothe Vata Dosha. Vata is often manifested as restlessness, fear, worry, and anxiety. The rhythmic chanting of mantra would slow your racing mind and enhance attention and focus.
Using mala beads during mantra meditation can be helpful for tracking the repetitions. It also provides a tangible anchor to balance excess restlessness by focusing your mind on the beads.
How to practice Mantra Meditation
- Choose any mantra, which resonates with you. It can be a phrase or a single word.
- Sit comfortably and take the mala in your right hand.
- Close your eyes and loosen your jaw and facial muscles.
- Use the thumb to move the beads, one at a time. Repeat the mantra, silently or as a whisper, once for each bead.
- Repeat this 108 times, or until you feel relaxed, steady, and focused.
Walking Meditation for Kapha Dosha
Kapha Dosha is characterized by excessive mucus secretions that usually become worse during winter and monsoon. It is also manifested in symptoms like mental sluggishness, lethargy, foggy thinking, and the lack of motivation.
The best way to correct Kapha Dosha is to eliminate the excess mucus secretions, which can be achieved by increasing your movements and blood circulation. The improved blood circulation would prevent the thick, heavy, and damp qualities of Kapha Dosha from accumulating in your body and relieve the symptoms and diseases linked to the same.
The best meditation technique to balance Kapha is to incorporate opposite qualities namely light, energizing, and lively. This is why; walking meditation is considered the best for those with Kapha dosha.
It would clear the cobwebs in your mind and body evident in the forms of laziness, sluggish circulation, and mucus secretions by keeping your body moving.
How to perform walking meditation:
- Allow 15 to 20 minutes for meditation practice.
- Look for a warm and quiet place, either indoor or outdoor, to practice walking meditation. A long hallway would be perfect in this regard. Alternatively, you can do multiple laps around a room in your home.
- Remove your shoes and socks, if practicing meditation at home. This will help you feel the sensations in the soles more easily.
- Stand straight in the mountain pose. Take a few deep breaths focusing on how you feel.
- Now, begin walking slowly but rhythmically with a downward gaze and natural breathing. You can walk in a circular path or back and forth along a line.
- While walking, silently use the three phrases - Lift, move, and place - as you notice each step.
- Anchor your mind on the soles of feet as you walk, feeling the sensations as each foot lifts up from the floor, moves forward through space, and touches back to the floor.
- At the end of the session, pause for 2 minutes to focus on how you feel.
Meditation is the spiritual state of a person that promotes complete relaxation at the emotional and physical level. It is a state of emptiness that often takes years of regular practice to attain.
It is possible to derive the benefits of meditation in a shorter duration and attain spiritual serenity by practicing the specific form of this art depending on your Dosha. Practicing meditation regularly will increase your self-awareness, enhance mental clarity, and improve your physical health.
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