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4 Simple Ways to Meditate More

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To understand the immeasurable, the mind must be extraordinarily quiet, still.”
― Jiddu Krishnamurti

4 Simple Ways to Meditate More

Many of us find meditation incredibly difficult. Sitting, breathing… waiting? What is it all for, anyway? We read articles and watch documentaries on the powerful effects of meditation, however, the commitment to sit and meditate can be daunting. I have found some really simple practices that bring me to a meditative state that can be integrated at any moment in time. Whether you are eating dinner, talking with your family, or driving in your car, here are some simple practices to bring you back into the present moment:

1. Take A Walk

My favourite thing to clear my mind is to take a walk. Whether I am travelling in a new city or walking the streets of my hometown that I have seen a thousand times before, walking gives the experience of feeling fully integrated into the environment. Going for a walk increases endorphins, and most importantly, offers an opportunity to become more aware of your surroundings.

2. Notice Your Five Senses

No matter what you are doing right now, you can stop, and take note of your five senses. What are you seeing? Do you notice colours, shapes, or something else? What do you smell? What are you touching? How does it feel? Are you tasting anything? What can you hear? Can you stop what you are thinking, and simply relax into the experience of the five senses?

By putting our awareness on the world around us, it instantly becomes no longer about “me,” and more about our surroundings. By bringing our awareness to our present experience through the body, we can instantly become grounded in the present moment. As we become more focused we are on our own experience, the less space there is for judgment, comparison, or anything of the like.

3. Listen

I find listening to be the most profound of the five senses. When my thoughts are going haywire, when I listen to the world around me, they instantly become silenced. Where we put our attention, energy follows. By putting our attention on the world outside of our minds, our energy follows.

4. Beware of Your Words

How words hold our creative power. When we learn to be impeccable with our word, we can experience how powerful they really are. When what we say, feel, and do are in alignment, we are in great mental health. When I slow down, and really listen to what I am about to say, I am able to speak my truth freely.

Life can be a living meditation, but it takes consistent awareness to return to the present moment. These are simple practices I have personally discovered which help me regain my grounding. In this space of presence, we have access to our greater intelligence and connection in our lives. We are all already what we are looking for if we could only stop to experience it, right here, and right now. For more tips and tools on yoga, meditation, healing and the arts, head over to The Inside World.

posted Feb 25, 2019 by Bhavisha.k

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Yoga, meditation, wellness routines… All ideas we typically reserve for adults but, here at The Little Yoga House we're on a mission to change that mentality. Adults are not the only ones that benefit from a well-rounded wellness routine, our children need it too. Today we're focusing on 3 easy meditation techniques to practice with your kiddos.

3 Easy Ways To Meditate With Your Child

To start, what is meditation?

Meditation is a specific technique in finding stillness in the mind - a state of consciousness that is totally different from the normal waking state. It does not magically happen in just a few attempts. It takes years and years of practice to get your mind to be clear, relaxed and inwardly focused.

Meditation for children can look very different from adult meditation. Our approach to meditation for children helps prepare them to get to this level of awareness when they reach their teens and young adulthood. We teach stillness in the body first then stillness in the mind.

Meditation is practised through concentration games and guided imagery and can start as early as age 2 (toddlers). The use of props is very beneficial for ages 7 and under. At about age 7, they will start to understand the concept of stillness in the mind.

Here Are 3 Ways To Meditate With Your Child:


  1. Sit in a comfortable seat or lie on your backs

  2. Try to count to either 10 or 20 without letting a thought pop into your head

  3. If a thought comes in, you have to go back to 1

  4. Give your chid a few minutes and then ask if anyone made it to 20


  1. Have kids lie on their bellies with their hands under their chin

  2. Place the floating bubble timer in the centre of the circle or in front of them and flip it over

  3. Have kids focus on the bubbles as they fall to the bottom of the container

  4. CHALLENGE-Ask them to choose just one of the colours of the bubbles to focus on

  5. Remind them that this activity is done quietly and to be as still and focused as possible

  6. When the bubbles are all at the bottom of the container, ask what/if they thought about anything during this activity


  1. Use a sand timer from a board game or purchase on at our North Austin Studio. You can find them from one minute up to an hour!

  2. Depending on the age group, you can start with a 1-minute timer and then have them build up to longer times.

  3. Place timer in the middle and have yogis find stillness in their voice, body, and mind until all the sand falls to the bottom.

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A meditation practice is one of the simplest ways you can improve your mood, focus and quality of life. Making time in your day for meditation may be a challenge, but even short periods of practice can yield positive results. The time at which you meditate doesn’t necessarily change the benefit of the practice, but it can help influence your behavior and how you approach the various parts of your daily routine. This short guide explores when to meditate and how strategically scheduling your practice can serve you. It is not necessary to always meditate at the same time each day. (although daily practice is highly recommended!) Depending on what lifestyle factors are present in your life day to day, you may decide to change the times at which you meditate.


Meditating in the morning shortly after waking up is a great way to start your day with a clean mental slate and is an excellent opportunity for you to set goals and intentions for the day. There is good reason that many traditions stress the morning meditation practice! Setting the precedent for the day awaiting you is a powerful practice that carries forward even if you have a hectic day ahead. Rhythmic breathing routines will calm your body and mind and set the pace for your nervous system, bringing calm, focused awareness forward to the busier parts of your day. 



Incorporating meditation into your lunch break is a valuable tool to interrupt and break repetitive thought cycles that crop up from our daily routines. Consciously shifting attention from “to do” to “I am” gives you a little space to step back from your task list, re center and approach your afternoon with a fresh perspective. 


If you catch yourself in the midst of a stress response (shallow breathing, increased pulse, feelings of anxiety) taking a short break to meditate can yield tremendous results. Not only does this calm the body down and reoxygenate the brain, it breaks the body’s tendency to react to workplace stressors (deadlines, assignments, miscommunications) with physical stress responses (increased levels of cortisol, acute stress response aka flight or fight). 

It can be difficult to switch gears when in the midst of a stress response. A pranayama practice like the one below is an excellent bridge that brings the breath under conscious control and prepares the mind for meditation. You may find that the pranayama practice alone is enough to effectively break the stress cycle. 


A meditation session between your workday and your evening at home provides a clear distinction between the two, allowing you to consciously choose what elements of your personality are the most appropriate for the evening ahead. Behavioural traits and mindsets that are productive and efficient in the office are not always welcome at the dinner table! A meditation session provides this transition time, allowing you to shift from doing to being. 


Meditation after dinner can be a relaxing way to spend your evening. However, meditating right before bed can be counterproductive, especially if your practice is highly focused or involves single pointed concentration. These practices can make you feel more alert at a time when your body is winding down and disrupt your sleep cycle. Yoga Nidra is a wonderful alternative that is specifically a pre-sleep practice. It’s a gentle meditation that moves through the body, releasing physical tension while allowing the mind to disengage. 


The "best" time of day for your meditation is going to be different for each person and different day to day. You may find that meditating during heavy traffic (eyes open!) is particularly useful, or right after a yoga class is the time that serves you best. Leave your "best" meditation times in the comments below!

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