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Meditation is an integral part of yoga. Whatever your reason is for coming to yoga, from improving physical fitness and well-being to lowering stress and quieting the mind, meditation must be practiced. Depending on your background, spiritual health, and experience, meditation may come easy to you. However for some, meditating is just as difficult as some of the more advanced yoga poses.
To really get in tune with your meditative side, you may want to consider isolating meditation from the other parts of yoga in order to truly study and understand it. One of the most versed meditation teachers in the world is Alan Wallace. Alan has a great deal of real world experience in meditation and its roots. Before we get to Pranamaya’s Alan Wallace videos, let’s learn a little more about his background.
About Alan Wallace
To become a truly talented meditation teacher, one must delve into the teachings, history, and principles behind it. Ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist monk by the Dalai Lama himself, Alan Wallace has taught Buddhist theory and meditation all over the world for over 30 years. Alan is a lecturer, a scholar, a writer, and a translator. Throughout the decades, he has looked for innovative ways to integrate Buddhist meditative practices with Western science. This extensive background makes our Alan Wallace meditation videos a must-have for anyone looking to deepen their meditation practice.
Meditation & Yoga
Why is meditation such important part of yoga? Yoga is a transformative practice that focuses deeply on the body, mind, and spirit equally. The first thing we learn in yoga is the art of pranayama breathing. This conscious, in and out breathing guides every movement, every sequence, every asana in yoga, and is the foundation of the practice as a whole. Pranayama breathing enables us to look inward and not focus wholly on what our body is doing. It helps us quiet the mind, getting rid of all the external thoughts that constantly swirl around in our brain on a day-to-day basis.
This quieting of the mind is the first step in meditation, and an integral part of our Alan Wallace meditation videos. Meditation can be the absence of thought or the act of completely focused thought. Used in yoga, it is a way to appreciate the work our body does for us every day and honor ourselves.
Shamatha Meditation Workshop
Alan Wallace is known for his intensive retreats. These unique experiences are now readily available as an online video course by Pranamaya Yoga Media! Alan’s Shamatha Meditation - 5 Day Workshop features over 21 hours of comprehensive training and guided meditation. Organized into 32 chapters, this workshop presents a variety of techniques for developing concentration including the practice of mindful breathing.
If you enjoy our Alan Wallace videos, take a look at Pranamaya’s entire Pranayama and Meditation collection!