Common Practice Questions
Can I meditate while doing yoga? What is the difference between meditation and yoga?
Yes, you can practice mindfulness meditation while doing yoga. Try to be aware of your sensations and your body as you move. That's mindfulness and it's often encouraged with yoga practice. Yoga is a whole system of practice in itself with its own lineage and teachings. The movement we often think of as yoga is one part of that tradition. There are meditation practices traditional to classical yoga that are similar to mindfulness and also distinct.
Mindfulness and yoga are complementary and bringing our mindfulness practice to the yoga mat, or any other aspect of the full yoga practice, can be very useful. For example, yoga can support your meditation practice if your restless or uncomfortable and it's challenging to sit and meditate. Often some movement, intentional breath practice, and a willingness to turn the attention inward to the experience can make sitting in meditation more comfortable and easeful.
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