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Teaching steps to meditation

Suddenly, all you have is time.

Most of the things that once contributed positivity to our daily routines have been put on hold. But we can rejuvenate ourselves by carving out some alone time to meditate.

Standard spoke to Olivia Krouwkam of the Ahimsa Yoga and Movement Studio in Worcester. Meditation is a practice she uses to observe the thinking mind.

She explains: “The thinking mind is very busy, and is good at creating stories that are constantly running in the back of our heads. When I hear those stories clearly I can decide if I want to give life to them or not, and it allows me to be more present. It also gives me an opportunity to witness what is going on inside me, which allows me to meet reality with all the fullness of my being.”

You need no equipment to practise meditation. You might also be wondering what to do while meditating Krouwkam explains: “I prefer taking a comfortable sitting position, with an erect spine and hands resting in my lap. One needs to find a seat that you can remain frozen in, because it is the concentration in the stillness that allows meditation to occur.”

She personally practises two forms of meditation, although there are many, one without music and one with music.

“I practise mindful meditation and moving meditation. When I sit quietly to observe the thinking mind I do this in silence. When I’m moving my body in order to feel deeply what is alive for me, and why, I prefer to do it to music.”

This yogi teaches three steps to meditation. “I teach three steps to meditation; firstly, find a comfortable seat, secondly, commit to that seat, sit still, with no movement, and thirdly, focus your attention on breathing. The concentration will then lead you into meditation.’’

She recommends that beginners start with at least five minutes, and then work their way to longer periods.

“Meditation has many benefits. I have personally experienced that I can be more present. When I practise regularly I am able to observe my busy thoughts and stories that are racing in the back of my mind. I am thus able to react to life from a centred space, aware of everything that is going on around me. Perhaps you have felt the feeling of mindfulness when enjoying an amazing meal, without anyone around you, without your phone, no other stimulation. Just you, fully present with all the amazing flavours and textures in your mouth. Now imagine if you can experience every part of your life in that way. That is mindfulness, and that is what meditation can offer you.”

Krouwkam has been teaching yoga and meditation for four years.

“I would encourage everyone to try meditation or yoga.”

You can join her online classes she is hosting during lockdown. For more information she can be contacted on 082 927 4952.

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