A short meditation can be for 2-5 minutes depending on time available, 5 minutes is best. The simplest form of meditation is breath focus, the aim of meditation is not to make our minds blank, but to not focus on thought, to let our thoughts pass us by without adding any attachment to them.
For example, sitting in a comfortable cross legged position, counting each inhalation and each exhalation, inhale 1, exhale 2, inhale 3 and so on up to 10 breaths and restart. Each breath is the same length making sure there is no holding of the breath. Inevitably we can lose focus and start to drift. This is quite normal, so we just start again from Inhale 1, exhale 2 etc.
Balasana – (child’s pose) is a restful pose used to rest our body and mind in between more challenging asana. Balasana stretches the hips and spine, relieving tension in the back, neck and shoulders, which are parts of our body that hold a lot of tension, when we’re stressed. Whilst in Balasana we focus on our breath, calming our mind and relaxing with each exhalation.
Salamba Sirsasana – (headstand). For beginners this can be done against a wall. By reversing the blood flow and focusing on our breath this pose can help ease anxiety and stress.
Sun Salutations – which are part of every Ashtanga sequence, are usually practised at the beginning and a great way of invigorating the most tired of bodies, making us feel awake, happy and supercharged. By practising between 3-11 Sun Salutations every day, not only is it good for our fitness, but for calming our mind and a great way to meditate as we are focused on our breath and each movement we are making.