Meditation Exercise

The practice of meditation is focused on relaxation and inward thought, but this doesn’t mean you can’t combine meditation and exercise. Although people often think of meditation as a peaceful way to unwind, you can achieve this same goal during physical activity.

This type of meditation, also known as “activity meditation,” is ideal for both active individuals who enjoy being outdoors and those who are homebodies—you can combine meditation and exercise when scrubbing the tub or even putting away the dishes! Regardless of where you practice these active meditation exercises, they can benefit you both mentally and physically.

Merge Meditation and Exercise

With activity meditation, you can get a physical workout, while easing your mind and lowering your stress levels at the same time. Consider meditation exercises like tai chi and yoga. These activities, which have become widely practiced and wildly popular in recent years, blend meditation, breathing, movement and exercise to give the body a holistic workout.

If tai chi or yoga isn’t a part of your normal workout routine, don’t worry. Other meditation exercises can have the same effect, such as walking or jogging. If you choose this route, consider the following tips:

  • Choose a path you know well, so you won’t have to think about where you’re going.
  • Narrow your attention to how you’re breathing, how the air feels on your skin, and how your feet feel hitting the ground.
  • Try to breathe through your nose. If you need to breathe through your mouth, slow your running pace a bit.
  • Walk or jog at a steady, slow pace, taking in all the scenery. This can help you relax and focus on your meditation exercises.

If you prefer a more creative way to merge meditation and exercise, consider dance meditation. Aside from their many physical benefits, many types of dance can also serve as meditation exercises. Dancing is a natural form of self-expression that requires the body and mind to connect.

If you’d like to try dance meditation exercises with or without music, here are some suggestions:

  • Allow any emotions to come out unbridled. Don’t stifle anything you may be feeling.
  • Dance in an open space to allow any movement that may emerge.
  • Focus on your movement, rather than how you look when dancing.
  • Visualize your energy flowing in and out of various parts of your body as you move.

If your busy schedule doesn’t allow time for meditation and exercise separately, these suggestions can help you establish a daily workout routine that incorporates soothing meditation.

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