Meditation with Fire Heart Yoga

Someone once asked the Buddha skeptically, “What have you gained through meditation.”

The Buddha replied, “Nothing at all.”

“Then, Blessed One, what good is it.”

“Let me tell you what I lost through meditation: sickness, anger, depression, insecurity, the burden of old age, the fear of death. That is the good of meditation, which leads to nirvana.”

The Yoga Sutras, one of the first documents written entirely on yoga, mentioned only two yoga poses, seated meditation pose and seated lotus pose. The implication is that, at its origin, the focus of yoga was seated meditation. Even as our practices and postures have evolved over the following 2,000 years, the fundamental practice of yoga is designed to cultivate mindfulness and presence, both of which are central goals of meditation.

The practice of meditation is central to personal development and inner peace. In the practice of Fire Heart Yoga, we focus on seated Vipassana meditation, as prescribed by the Buddha. However, every asana we practice also includes mindfulness and meditation. David Michael Scott also teaches guided meditation, mantra meditation, and concentration meditation. Find the practice that works best for you…and do it!

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