In our yoga practices, we strive for the unionization or yoking of our minds and bodies – and whether our yoga practice is an asana practice (which is most common), a pranayama practice, a practice of ahimsa, svadhyaya or bhakti, the main common goal is the same – the union of body and mind.
I believe many of us are actually practicing yoga by ourselves with the guidance from books or online guides to aid us in search for steadiness.
However, have you considered practicing meditation as a group, with guides, support and a community? In fact, group meditation has its benefits for each of us.
Here are FIVE benefits of being in a group meditation session.
1. You will feel a sense of harmony
When we practice meditation together, we are each entering into a peaceful state – while we may be doing it separately in our minds, however, the energy that is formed in the room is palpable. By meditating together, we can feel a sense of calmness and steadiness that we are emitting through our meditation.
2. Your feelings of empathy will increase
When we, humans, participate in something together, we are more likely to feel a sense of empathy with one another. When we are meditating with each other, we can feel and understand what others in the group are experiencing. We will understand our similar experiences, frustrations, and goals. When we can put ourselves in the mindset of others, we are then capable of feeling more compassion for their experiences and our connection with humanity deepens.