Stargazing Meditation

Stargazing Meditation

 BY MADISYN TAYLOR

Stargazing meditation is an easy and readily available way to connect with self and Universe.

Since the beginning of time, humans have gazed at the stars in the night sky with awe, seeking in their luminosity everything from answers to inspiration to guidance. We have emerged from our contemplations with stories of gods and goddesses, maps of the universe, astrology, astronomy, math, and art. We have worshipped, wondered, and even projected ourselves out into space in an attempt to understand their magical essence. We know more now than we ever have about what those celestial lights are, how far away they reside, and what will happen to them over time, but facts and information are still no substitute for experiencing them yourself. 

Gazing at the stars is no doubt one of the earliest forms of meditation practiced by human beings, and it is readily available to this day. If you live in a city, you may have a hard time seeing the stars, but a short drive can take you far enough beyond the city lights to reveal their glory. If you live in a rural setting, all you have to do is wait for the sun to set and the night to settle to get the show of your life, every night. If you make a habit of it, you will begin to know the seasonal changes of the night sky, deepening your connection to the earth and the universe in which you live. 

One of the best ways to stargaze is to lie down on a blanket so that your body can fully relax. This position allows your breath to move easily through your tranquil form as you settle down into the earth, connecting your consciousness to the sky. As you look deeply into its vastness, allowing your awareness to alternate between the pinpoints of light and the blue-black space that holds them, your breath expands and contracts your body, just as the universe expands and contracts to its own eternal rhythm. You may feel as if you are floating amidst the stars or that they are raining down upon you. You may feel peacefulness, joy, and connectedness, or any of a full range of emotions. Simply continue to breathe, experiencing the wonder of this universe and your place within it.

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Yoga Therapy Insights

What Is Yoga Therapy?

Similar to traditional yoga, yoga therapy is a series of asanas that can help ease pain and tension in the body and heal a large variety of medical ailments. Like with traditional yoga, practitioners use postures, breathing techniques and meditation to help patients with mental and medical issues that range from mild to severe.

Difference Between Yoga and Yoga Therapy

When you go to a yoga class, your intentions might include working out, stress relief, relaxing your muscles or challenging yourself. Traditional yoga classes are generally used as a way to train the body and to exercise it.

Yoga therapy, on the other hand, is a type of yoga that is practiced to address problems with your mental or physical health. In the same way that you might see a massage therapist to alleviate back pain, you might see a yoga therapist to address pain, stress and ailments.

Ultimately, the line between yoga therapy and traditional yoga is extremely thin. Yet the biggest difference is the way the asanas and poses are approached and the intention behind the practice.

Benefits of Yoga Therapy

Yoga therapy has been known to help ease a wide range of medical and emotional ailments. Everything from chronic pain to insomnia to anxiety to PTSD can be treated with yoga therapy. Many practitioners also encourage students to use yoga therapy as a method of preventative care and self-care. It has even been used to treat kids with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.

Practitioners encourage patients to use positive thinking and visualization in addition to the prescribed poses and asanas. The idea behind yoga therapy is that the patient will heal himself or herself and that the healing lies dormant within each student. The therapist is simply there to guide the student.

Isn’t All Yoga Therapeutic?

Technically, you could consider all yoga practices to be therapeutic. Again, the biggest difference between traditional yoga practices and yoga therapy is the intention. Many yoga classes are geared toward building strength, enhancing flexibility and creating a mind/body balance; yoga therapy is practiced with the specific intention of helping a patient heal from a specific ailment. Many doctors are even prescribing yoga therapy as a form of treatment and pain management, especially for patients who have not responded to medical procedures. It’s also been used to aid in weight loss and patients suffering from addictions.

How to Become a Yoga Therapist

Think you’ve got what it takes to take your yoga training to the next level? To become a yoga therapist, you’ll need to have a yoga training certification first. You’ll also need additional training to become a yoga therapist. Since many yoga instructors aren’t explicitly trained on certain ailments and diseases, you’ll need to become familiar with these. You’ll also need to know when to step aside and refer the patient to a medical doctor.

Will you need to get a medical degree to become a yoga therapist? No. Yet the more you know about the body, its anatomy and the Ayurveda healing systems, the more equipped you’ll be to help your patients.



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