by Kara-Leah Grant, author of Forty Days of Yoga
(Just interested in getting the Meditation & Manifestation PDF? Skip to the bottom of the article for details.)
My asana practice has been strong and regular for the last few months thanks to a combination of Mysore-style Ashtanga with Peter Sanson, and teaching more Vinyasa Flow classes (which necessitates more practice and prep for asana sequences).
But I’ve been really missing meditation.
It’s been harder to fit it in when I’m doing at least 90 minutes of asana most days. However, I know that’s just an excuse… and there’s always a workaround or solution – when we want there to be.
And I want to do a daily meditation practice, on top of my regular asana practice.
I’ve also had a sense of a deep calling with this meditation practice – not just sitting and watching the fluctuations of my mind, but also using this time to get in touch with the deeper aspect of myself.
Meditation has long been a way for me to gain clarity on life and finding answers to life’s ‘problems’. I know that when I meditate, my mind is clearer and I find it easier to navigate through my day.
However, I wanted to formalise this process so that other people could join me on this practice too – not just of meditating but of using meditation to gain greater clarity that’s applicable to one’s day to day life.
I’m calling it a Forty Day Meditation & Manifestation Practice, because it rolls off the tongue easily, and manifestation is one of those buzz-words that makes people sit up and take notice.
Oh yes please, I’d like to manifest Brad Pitt into my life!
However, really, it’s more of a Meditation and Gaining Clarity on What You Really Need to Support and Nourish Yourself in Life so you can Clear the Fears and Limiting Beliefs Getting in the Way of Creating Your Dreams Practice.
That, however, just doesn’t work as a title.
Before I launched, I needed to road-test the process, and that’s what I’ve been doing over the last week. It’s thrown up some interesting conundrums – all of which only serve to illustrate that which I already know,
Like… feeling more peace and joy isn’t about creating the perfect circumstances, it’s about my state of presence in this very moment.
And… the only thing getting in the way of me having fun and enjoying myself is… me.
Or… I am my own toughest critic and hardest taskmaster and I would do well to love myself more.
None of which seems to be about manifesting Brad Pitt, but all of which points to ways in which I can unwind, open up and enjoy life more right now.
Another thing which has become apparent to me lately is that… having shifted from a meditation-focused yoga practice to an asana focused-yoga practice… it’s the meditation which really works with my mind and state of being.
Without the meditation, I’m finding that the yoga is stirring many things up, yet it’s often exacerbating my tendencies.
I need meditation to find better balance. Just doing asana without meditation isn’t serving me.
Conversely, it’s been fantastic to finally be “working hard” at asana with a skilled teacher as my body is opening up in ways it never has and certain postures are now becoming available to me.
However, my practice is not about the postures – it’s about opening and freeing my body. I suspect that once I’ve let go of these decades of tension in my spine and hips that my own asana practice will shift again into something more flowing and yin-based.
I’m also curious: Beyond a certain point – when our backbends are open enough and we can twist with ease and our forward-bends melt – I wonder what we are doing in solely-asana practice.
That is, if the body is capable of comfortably sitting for at least 30 minutes – why aren’t we meditating?
It’s all so easy to forget in our asana-saturated yoga world that Yoga is not asana – asana is merely one tool that helps us along the way to Yoga.
Yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind. It’s a state of presence where we, the subject, cease to exist and so does the world or the object. Instead, we are the world and nothing else remains.
It is possible to experience yoga through asana – no denying that one. But for many of us, we also need to practice meditation if we’re serious about Yoga. It can’t be all asana, or we’re liable to get hung up and hooked on our asana practice as yet one more thing we identify with.
If you’re been practicing asana for a year, or three years, or five years and you’ve never meditated, I invite you to join me on this Forty Day Meditation and Meditation Practice, starting Tuesday April 15.
It’s an opportunity to sit every single day in meditation alongside a community of yogis, lead by myself.
And if you have meditated, I also invite you to join me and commit to a regular meditation practice for forty days, with an added twist of a manifestation process.
If you’re not yet a member, this is the perfect opportunity for you to join and become an Insider.
It only costs $29/yr, although you’re more than welcome to adjust that number in the shopping cart and pay more if you’d like. I’m constantly amazed at the people who choose to pay $40 or $60 or even $100 – that’s the gift economy in action!
As an Insider, you get access to that Library, which contains a number of yoga PDFs, plus you get unlimited access to all yoga articles on the website. Mostly though, you get the satisfaction of knowing that you’re supporting an awesome yoga website that couldn’t exist without your help.
Once you download the Meditation and Manifestation PDF, on the front page you’ll see a link to the Forty Days of Yoga Facebook Support Group.
This is a private and closed group, only for those who are doing this meditation or have bought my book. Ask to join, and you’ll become a member of the group.
I’ll be posting every day about my practice and what it’s revealing to me.
You can post as often as you like, sharing your experience or asking questions.
We all support each other in this group, and it’s a lovely way to feel part of a yoga community. I’m really excited to share this with you, the community, and also curious to see what we might collectively manifest throughout the forty days.
Here’s all the details for the Forty Days of Meditation & Manifestation Practice:
- To join, simply download the PDF from the Yoga Resources Library (you must be an Insider to do this.)
- Don’t forget to ask to join the Forty Days of Yoga Support Group.
- The daily practice includes an ‘anchor’ meditation of 11 minutes – this is the bare minimum you need to do to complete each day. All the details about the Practice are in the PDF – exactly how to do it.
- Plus there’s the Manifestation process which can take between five minutes and 20 minutes each day to fulfil. Some days, you might just meditate, other days, you may go through the manifestation process and well as meditate.
- You can keep up any other kind of yoga practice at the same time. I’m still doing asana every day, as well as meditating.
- Any questions, email me (Kara-Leah).
- You can start the practice at any-time, and just continue until you’ve done your Forty Days.
- Join now!