Why We Meditate

Mediation does something different for each of us. For some, mediation is a place to balance our mind with our body. For others, it’s a place to reset. For others, it’s prayer. Here, CY regulars (both teachers and students) provide their reasons for meditation.

“Meditation is one of the most important and also one of the most difficult pieces of the practice for me. It’s really difficult to slow down my body and my brain, but it’s crucial for my physical and mental well-being that I find a way to settle and, in the words of Paul McCartney, “let it be.” Cleveland Yoga goes hand in hand with meditation because the asana practice — the moving meditation, which helps focus and settle my mind, also prepares my body and brain for meditation in stillness.”
-Caitlin Mulhall, CY student

“My mind is pretty much like a tornado, with so many ideas and to-do lists always swirling out of control. Regular meditation helps me find quiet among the noise and reminds me that it’s okay – even good – to be still.”
-Rebecca Marich, CY Marketing Director

“I meditate because I like to carve 10 minutes out of my day to get clear and present. Even if I start my meditation from a place of balance and mental equanimity, I leave those 10 minutes feeling even more refreshed and awakened, to help me stay calm and focused during the day.”
-Jackie Mains, Level 3 Baptiste Trained Cleveland Yoga Teacher

“I use guided meditations to help my soul evolve more rapidly.  It helps me activate and balance the properties of the chakras and neutralizes negative tendencies. I keep a regular meditation practice and wake up at 5:40 every morning to do my meditation which helps keep me sane!”
-Megan Velotta, Cleveland Yoga Teacher