Like watching the flow of a river from its bank, a meditator learns to maintain a watchful, inner stance and from that perspective the stream of outward events can be experienced while the meditator remains centred and relaxed. This process gradually leads to a deeper core of self-awareness and living life more fully. The purpose of meditation is the cultivation of witness consciousness and self-awareness.
Poornam teaches a variety of meditation techniques, which can help you to feel calm, strong, aware and more fully connected to yourself and your life. For more info on weekly classes > P5, on workshops > p7, on private classes > P9, on courses > P13 and on retreats > P16
The meditation techniques that Poornam teaches include:
Kaya Sthairyam (Body-mind stillness) is the foundation for other meditation practices. A 12-stage practice for developing the state of concentration through creating a sense of steadiness and stillness throughout your whole body.
Antar Mouna (Inner silence) a sitting practice that develops your ability to observe your thoughts and emotions objectively. It reduces stressful thoughts and emotions, cultivates mindfulness, peace and increased self-awareness.
Hridayakasha Dharna (Heart space meditation) works with the breath, awareness and emotion witnessed within the space of the heart cultivating peace and joy.
Mantra chanting (Sound meditation) uses various vocal sounds and words to activate the creative and healing energies.
Nada yoga (Sound meditation) uses the voice, breath and scale to experience inner and outer vibration. We learn to deepen our listening and become familiar with the subtle and with silence.
Trataka (Candle light gazing) boosts concentration and memory and promotes strong healthy eyes.
Pranayama are breathing exercises which clears the physical and emotional obstacles in our bodies to free the breath and allow prana (life energy) to flow. Pranayama awakens balance, expands your life energy and develops emotional resilience.
Loving kindness. This meditation uses words, images, and feelings to evoke loving kindness and friendliness toward oneself and others.
Chakras (energy centres). Through focusing on the chakras through pranayama, bandhas (body locks), mantra and visualisation we invite our energy to be more present in daily life and turn towards inner strength and healing.
Yoga nidra is practised lying down and combines powerful body-mind relaxation and meditative self-enquiry. It supports recuperation from stress and is a healing practice.
Benefits of meditation
For thousands of years, people have used meditation to move beyond the mind’s busy activity and emotional turbulence into profound peace and expanded awareness. Awareness is the key to health, greater intelligence and intuition, higher knowledge and to uncovering our hidden abilities.
In the age of digital devices, social media, and busy schedules, the restful awareness we experience during meditation is more valuable than ever. The term “restful awareness” captures the unique combination of physical relaxation and an alert yet quiet mind.
The most direct way to experience this restful awareness is meditation, a tool to rediscover the body’s own inner intelligence. As many studies show, a regular meditation practice offers numerous health benefits, including lowering blood pressure, strengthening the immune system, and releasing stress and fatigue.
As you meditate on a regular basis, you will notice an increased sense of well-being as well as greater energy, creativity and vitality. Through regular meditation we develop our power of perception and begin to see things are they really are.
Today doctors are increasingly citing stress as a major contributing factor to most illnesses. Even though meditation should not be considered a cure by itself, research has shown it to be beneficial for a wide range of health problems.
In summary meditation can
- Reduce anxiety
- Fosters mindfulness
- Improve your relationships
- Create inner peace
- Awaken your intuition
- Lower your blood pressure
- Become less judgmental
- Connect to spirit
- Enhance your sleep patterns
Poornam only teaches techniques that she is well practiced and experienced in.
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