Everything You Need to Know About Meditation: For Beginners

The words “meditation” and “mindfulness” have blown up in the last few decades throughout the West. There are magazines dedicated to the practice and billboards showing women meditating from companies who are selling something seemingly unrelated. But what does meditation or mindfulness mean? Does it really help? How do you do it?

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Dangers of Pranayama

While modern practitioners of yoga may assume that all of the practices are considerably safe and efficacious, positive connotations have not always followed particular disciplines. According to Barbara Stoler Miller’s translation of Patanjali’s Yogasutras, yoga can be defined as the cessation of turnings of thought in order to attain spiritual freedom from material nature (Miller).…

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