This is a transcript of an opening meditation that I use in my yoga classes, written entirely from memory. I think I’ve recited this at least a thousand times, albeit a bit differently every time.
It’s a fantastic and easy way to de-stress, and is simple enough to remember and do anywhere.
An “oldie” but a goodie.
Feel free to use it in your own classes, and please do try this one at home.
Opening Meditation Script
Allow the eyes to softly close.
If it’s comfortable, breathe in and out through your nose; otherwise, breathe with your mouth when needed.
Begin to bring your awareness inwards, to your breath.
Notice how your breath feels, and where it is in your body.
Relax your jaw, and allow your tongue to rest on the roof of your mouth. Relax the space between the eyebrows.
Slowly start to deepen the breath, bringing it deeper into your belly.
As you inhale, feel your belly expand like a balloon; as you exhale, feel your navel draw toward your spine.
As your breath draws deeper into your belly, there is very little movement, if any, from the chest.
We are now doing what’s called the “yogic breath” or “belly breath”. This allows for the deepest kind of breathing, replenishing the body and mind, and preparing it for your yoga practice.
Begin to inhale to a breath count of 5, and exhale to a breath count of 5, counting your own 5 deep breaths.
[Allow class to finish 5 breath cycles]
Slowly start to return to a normal, comfortable, pace of breathing.
Take one last deep inhale, and as you exhale open your eyes.
When using this in your class, remember to pause between each sentence. That last touch – exhaling to open eyes – makes all the difference. Try it yourself. Pure bliss.
I hope you like this meditation! If you used it and enjoyed it, please let me know in the comments below 🙂
Love + Light,