Grainne specialises in various techniques taught by the Bihar School of Yoga. These are practical tools which allow you to observe your physical body, the mind, how we think and how we perceive life.
It is said that meditation can’t be directly taught. However techniques can be taught that may lead you to a meditative state, giving you access to the more subtle aspects of your being.
Meditation techniques are integrated into the Bihar school of yoga teachings from your first yoga class. Simple body and breath awareness is an integral part of the practice. A range of meditation practices are introduced in the intermediate and advanced classes and yoga workshops.
- calm the body and mind
- prevent stress from getting into the system
- release accumulated stress in the system
- improve concentration
- release suppressed emotions
- allow you to explore a deeper aspect of yourself.
What you need to meditate:
- ease and comfort
- no expectations
Through regular and constant meditation you can purify the subconscious mind and control all thoughts and memories. Meditation acts like dynamite and blows up all the thoughts and memories in the subconscious mind. If they trouble you much, do not suppress them by force. Be a silent witness. They will subside gradually, then try to root them out through regular, silent meditation.
Swami Sivanada Saraswati
Meditation techniques taught by the Bihar school of yoga:
- Kaya Sthairyam (body steadiness): This technique focuses on the body parts and sensations in the body as a means to steadiness and stillness, leading to a state of one pointedness and concentration.
- Antar Mouna (inner silence): Antar Mouna is a yoga meditation technique for clearing the mind of troubled thoughts, unbalanced emotions or painful memories – in yoga these impressions in the mind are called samskaras. Antar Mouna enables us to root out our samskaras, face them head on and let them go. It aims to create a state of no thinking.
- Ajapa Japa: Ajapa Japa utilises what comes naturally to us – the breath – by creating a sound at the back of the throat and focusing your attention there. Japa is constant repetition of mantra. The mantra is So Ham which is the sound you make when you breath.