Dhyana (meditation) is the 7th limb of Ashtanga (8-limbed) Yoga. In order to prepare the body and mind for meditation, a series of fundamentals must be explored. It serves the meditation practitioner to strengthen and stretch open the body in order to find comfort in longer seated meditation practices. Whether you achieve this through asana or other forms of physical activity is up to you. Next, an awareness of the breath comes into play - cultivating a slower, more steady breath through the use of various breathing techniques (pranayama). Lastly, development of concentration (dharana) is necessary in order to eventually achieve a state of meditation.
We will occasionally offer special meditation classes. Additonally, some teachers offer a brief meditation at the end of their asana (posture) classes.