In Dhyana, which is a form of meditation, you not only concentrate on a point of focus, you now do it with the intention of knowing the truth about that object, which makes this a more contemplative, spiritual practice. Dhyana is meant to create a state of tranquility – you are cleansing the subconscious, developing deeper concentration, and developing a unified connection with the Divine. By practicing Dhyana, the yogi calms their mind and is eventually able to look at the outside world without any distractions, enabling them to reach a new level of awareness.
Jamie explores Dhyana and also provides listeners with her 2 favorite methods for learning how to meditate.
Jamie’s Recommended Resources:
Jamie’s Beginner One-Minute Breath Recording: http://jamiemolnar.com/yoga-use-your-breath/
Episode 16 (Pranayama): http://jamiemolnar.com/episode-16-the-what-is-yoga-series-pranayama-all-about-the-breath/
Article providing more in-depth information on the practice of Dhyana: https://www.thedailymeditation.com/dhyana-yoga
**This episode is the eighth in a sequential series exploring basic principles of yoga philosophy and how you can apply these principles to your daily life. This series is perfect for beginners wanting to learn more about yoga philosophy, as well as yoga practitioners that want to revisit their studies.**
The Eight Limbs of Yoga:
1. Yama : Moral principles
2. Niyama : Personal observances
3. Asanas : Physical postures
4. Pranayama : Breathing exercises, and control of prana
5. Pratyahara : Control of the senses
6. Dharana : Concentration and cultivating inner perceptual awareness
7. Dhyana : Devotion, Meditation on the Divine
8. Samadhi : Union with the Divine (today’s focus)
Next Episode in this Series: An Exploration of Samadhi, the 8th Limb of Patanjali’s eight-fold path.
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