What is the difference between meditation and yoga?

  To many the word yoga means a series of physical exercises stretching and tying our bodies into impossible knots. But these physical postures are only one aspect of yoga, known as "asanas". The physical postures of yoga are practiced for their health benefits, and because they help to prepare the body for meditation. Yoga is both a philosophy of life and a system of spiritual practice. The word "yoga" actually means union between the individual self and Infinite Consciousness.
 Meditation is the most important practice in the yoga system and is the means by which this merger or union is achieved. So yoga is a system or science that enables an individual to develop physically, mentally and spiritually, and meditation is the practice that makes the mental and spiritual development possible.

  What happens in Meditation? 

In Meditation our Energy increases and our thoughts decreases.
So, by doing Meditation regularly, one will be less tensed, healthy and blissful at all times and situations.

  Where Should I meditate

 Pick a quiet, comfortable place where you will not be disturbed. It is helpful to designate a specific place purely for the purpose of meditation. You can establish a habit and an association in your mind with that place.
Once you gain the ability of go deep within yourself and shut out external noise, you will be able to go into a meditative state anywhere.

 

  I’m overweight, can I still do Yoga?

Yes, you can still do yoga. Sretching can be modified if necessary and yoga is more than stretching. With help from yoga’s philosophy, you may be motivated to follow the yoga lifestyle that includes healthy diet, exercise, yoga postures, breathing, meditation, study and positive attitude. As you balance your life by minimizing stress, your body weight and metabolism may normalize.

  How to do Meditation

Sit comfortably in a comfortable place.
Clasp your fingers, cross your legs.
Close your eyes.
Observe your normal breath… in-breath…out-breath.
If any thought comes, just allow it to pass… do not go behind the thoughts…
Do not negate…do not analyze the thought.
Just be with your breath.
Be…

How many times per week should I practice?

 Yoga is amazing—even if you only practice for one hour a week, you will experience the benefits of the practice. If you can do more than that, you will certainly experience more benefits. I suggest starting with two or three times a week, for an hour or an hour and a half each time. If you can only do 20 minutes per session, that's fine too. Don't let time constraints or unrealistic goals be an obstacle—do what you can and don't worry about it. You will likely find that after awhile your desire to practice expands naturally and you will find yourself doing more and more.

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I am Hajnalka and MintYoga is my personal brand what I set up to teach Traditional Hatha Yoga.

Teaching yoga for me is a complete joy, and I am learning every day from the people who come to my classes.They are my inspiration. I have lived in the United Sates for 9 years, where I met the deeper level of yoga, and graduated as a Certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher (RYT 200).
But my connection to the European culture brought me back to Budapest, where I was teaching many classes until I moved to England. Now I am setting up my classes in Bournemouth, in this beautiful city by the sea, and invite you to continue this journey with me.