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Dhyana (meditation)

An extract from the booklet ‘International Day of Yoga’: Part VI

Dhyana or meditation is an act of continuous contemplation. Meditation is an important component of yoga.

During practice, sit in any meditative posture, keeping the spine comfortably straight. Hold the jnana mudra by touching the tip of the thumb to the tip of the index finger, forming a circle. Keep the other three fingers are straight and relaxed. Keep your palms on the thighs facing upwards. Arms and shoulders should be loose and relaxed. Close your eyes and sit with a slightly upturned face.

You don’t need to concentrate. Just maintain a mild focus between the eyebrows and be conscious of your breath. Dissolve your thoughts and attain a single and pure thought. Keep meditating.

Meditation helps the practitioner eliminate negative emotions such as fear, anger, depression and anxiety and develop positive ones. It keeps the mind calm and quiet; enhances concentration, memory, clarity of thought and will power; rejuvenates the whole body and mind giving them proper rest; and helps in the process of self-realization.

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