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Opening Meditation for Yoga Class

Opening Meditation for Yoga Class - Edmonton Reiki

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,

Timmie Wanechko Edmonton Reiki

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    Shannon Solitaire
    February 11, 2016 at 12:54 PM

    Thank you for your insight! Will try this at my class tonight! 🙂

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    October 3, 2017 at 8:31 AM

    TY. Exactly what I was looking for!

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    October 3, 2017 at 6:09 PM

    I really like your opening meditation and I definitely plan to use it.
    Thanks for sharing

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    October 6, 2017 at 6:29 AM

    Thank you very much! WIll try this mediation at my class today! 🙂

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    Leanne Tipton-Clark
    October 18, 2017 at 4:22 AM

    Thank you for your script. They can become a little stale at times and you have given me some inspiration ??

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    October 23, 2017 at 4:59 AM

    Beautiful! Thank you for sharing! Looking for inspirational guides as I begin my YTT journey. BTW are you Filipina? 🙂

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      October 23, 2017 at 10:45 AM

      Thank you Pam 🙂 Yes, I am!

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    January 6, 2018 at 8:01 PM

    Thanks for sharing this amazing meditation.

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    March 12, 2019 at 9:24 AM

    Thank you these are the perfect words!

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    April 17, 2019 at 3:42 AM

    Thanks for sharing

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    July 23, 2020 at 9:10 AM

    This is lovely. I am going to try it when teaching a class next week. Thanks

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      August 3, 2020 at 4:09 PM

      Thank you so much, I hope you and your students love it!

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    Cleopatra Allen
    May 19, 2022 at 11:37 AM

    It’s beautiful, especially opening the eyes at the end. Thank you!

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