In this blog we address a very common question, 'how are yoga and meditation different'?

In the Western World, yoga and meditation are often portrayed in a similar way; for example you will see images of people sitting in yoga positions, hands in prayer, in a beautiful, peaceful scene. However the concepts are quite different. 


What is Yoga?

Yoga is said to have originated in India during the Golden Age, nearly 26,000 years ago. The actual Sanskrit word, when broken down, means "to control", "to yoke" or "to unite". The word has also been translated to mean "joining", "uniting" and "union". The union is made between the self and the spirit. Yoga is a major part of the Hindu religion as it embodies their natural state of being and spiritual enlightenment. As a part of Hinduism, Yoga belongs to one of the six Hindu schools of philosophy. If you dig deeper, you can read about how yoga is used in conjunction with meditation. Yoga is also a major part of Buddhism as a part of their meditation practices. It has even been linked to Islam and early Christianity.

Yoga today has become increasingly popular in the Western World for its physical exercise as well as spiritual development.  


What is Meditation?

Meditation is the focus of one’s mind in silent reflection for the purpose of relaxation and spiritual cleansing.  It requires 100% of your attention to be focussed on one area. Over time, it helps you to develop concentration, calmness, and an emotionally positive way of being and looking at the world.

If you're new to meditation, our 10 simple meditation techniques will improve and personalize your techniques to maximize your meditation benefits.


How are Yoga and Meditation linked?

You can meditate at any time, at work, sitting in traffic, waiting for a train,bus or tube, or perhaps in a quiet area of your home. Yoga, on the other hand, requires a bit more space since it involves moving your body into a series of different physical postures.

As yoga incorporates breath control and includes physical poses that challenge our day-to-day activities and postures, it is one method of preparing us for the mental state called meditation.


What are other methods of preparing for meditation?

At Jung Shim, we offer classes and treatments by practitioners that are based on eastern principles to promote positive wellbeing, mindfulness and good health.

Qi Classes last one hour and consist of chanting, gentle movements and meditation to help re-train our minds to be more mindful.

Read the Huffington Post’s article on chanting, meditation and increasing ‘human energy’ levels.


About Jung Shim

Jung Shim means ‘beautiful mind’. At our Jung Shim Centres our aim is to help people recharge the body and clear the mind to regain our health and wellbeing.

We offer energy treatments, energy classes as well as lifestyle advice all designed to help recharge you human energy.  

For a consultation to discuss depression and associated physical symptoms, contact Jung Shim on 020 7462 8811.