Meditation is a way to get quiet, calm, and focused

Many of us are not aware that meditation and breathing are the very important parts of yoga. Meditation is a way to get quiet, calm, and focused. It trains your mind to slow down, relax, and stay positive.

Meditating for just a few minutes a day can help you feel centred, balanced, and more in control — even during the times when you're not actually meditating. Yoga poses can help. But meditation and breathing really round out those benefits.

Making meditation one of your daily habits can help you feel more grounded when it seems like you're being pulled in a million directions.

In the Yoga Sutra, Patanjali gives tutoring on how to meditate and explains what factors that constitutes a meditation practice. The second sutra in the first chapter states that yoga (or union) happens when the mind becomes silent. This mental stillness is created by bringing the body, mind, and senses into balance which, in turn, relaxes the nervous system. Patanjali also explains that meditation begins when we understand that our never-ending quest to acquire worldly things and our continual craving for bodily pleasure and security can never be fulfilled. When we finally realize this, our external quest turns inward, and we shift into the kingdom of meditation.