Setting Up a Quiet Zone

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Meditation and Yoga

Speaking of pretzel positions, many people who master meditation techniques also find an interest in yoga. "Yoga literally means union, and there are many different forms of yoga," explains Hutchens. "Yoga is really bringing into union all the elements of body, mind, and spirit." Popular hatha yoga consists of breathing, postures, relaxation, and in most cases, meditation.

In some ways, the elements and principles of yoga go hand in hand with the basics of meditation ("it's a moving meditation," confirms Hutchens), but yoga usually requires more physical stamina. Yoga may also require more space for the movements and stretches that are part of the discipline. Always consult with a physician before you start a yoga program and make sure to learn good techniques that will benefit your mind and body.

In terms of setting up a space to do yoga, the same concepts apply as for a meditation area. You might want music or fresh air, and decide whether you'd prefer a bright or darkened setting. Mats for doing yoga are a specialized type of exercise mat, generally available at sporting-goods stores. A wood floor under the mat is best; yoga done on carpeting is easier when the rug is thin.

Continued on page 4:  Dos and Don'ts


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