Hey! It's Dan, Incense Fall's resident yoga instructor.
We've gotten a lot of feedback from happy customers stating that their incense cones and burners have really helped their meditation practice.
I understand that meditation can be intimidating or confusing to some. If you're interested in giving it a try, check out some basic meditation tips below.
Sit (Or Lie Down) Comfortably
Yes, you can lie down and meditate! It's called savasana. Although it is commonly practiced after a yoga class, it can be done anytime.
Just lie on your back, legs spread a bit further than the hips. Spread your arms out away from your body with your palms facing up.
If you have lower back pain, you can bring a pillow or blanket beneath your feet or lower back.
Now if you want to sit down, just find a comfortable sitting position. It can be legs crossed, on your knees, legs straight out - whatever is comfortable for you.
If you do sit down, be sure to have good posture. Shoulders back and down, hands on the knees, spine straight. Try to maintain this throughout the meditation. Whenever your mind gets distracted by thoughts, bring it back to your posture, or the next tip, to your breath.
There are many ways to breathe while meditating, and they all serve their own purpose. For beginners, ujjayi breath works great.
Always breathe in through the nose and out through the nose. Nice, controlled, and cyclical. What separates ujjayi from regular nostril breathing is making the sound like you're trying to fog up a mirror in the back of your throat. Simple and easy.
Whenever your mind gets distracted, just bring it back to the breath. Focus on a quality inhale and exhale; give your "monkey mind" something to focus on, which is the next trick.
Don't Try to Think About Nothing
A common misconception about meditation is that you're supposed to think about nothing. That's nearly impossible, our minds are always running, especially in this day and age.
The trick here is to give your "monkey mind" something to think about. In this case, constantly bring your mind to the breath quality or your posture. You'll be surprised at how difficult it is at first to maintain these two.
Whenever your mind begins to wander, bring it back to yourself real quick.
Meditation is a proven way to improve your overall well-being and state of mind.
If you take the time to invest in yourself and just meditate for 5 minutes a day, you'll see a plethora of benefits unfold in both your mind and body.
P.S. Aromatherapy has been proven time and time again to enhance meditation practices, making it easier to just be.
Our Lily incense cones combined with the Monkey King burner is one of our customer's favorite.