Good Morning Yogis! Today is Upper Limbs Day, and also Innergize Day – focused on self-care, relaxation, and meditation. Today we will revisit Dharana, and then try a Dharana Guided Meditation or other Meditative Practice.
Nearly all meditation practices you think of are types of Dharana.
Dharana is the 6th Limb of Yoga, and is usually translated as concentration. This comes from the Sanskrit root “dhri” meaning to hold, carry, or maintain. I prefer to think of Dharana as intense focus, a bit stronger than “concentration”. This is typically the second step for meditation – after letting the outside world slip away, we then direct our focus inward. Please see our deep dive of Dharana for more. Most of the meditative practices we think of are therefore Dharana practices – see our full list!
Today’s Daily Yogi Practice is to try a Dharana-focused Meditation Practice for Upper Limbs and Innergize Day . Perhaps try our traditional breath-focused meditation. Perhaps focus on your breath or body in Shavasana / Corpse Pose after an Asana practice, another meditative practice from our list, try a guided meditation below, or any other method of your own.. whatever feels right to you. We will cover mandalas and flame gazing later!
Dharana or Intense Focus Meditative Practices
- Most guided meditations (see list of some of my favorites below)
- Our first breath-focused meditation
- Meditations focusing on sounds like a Mantra or special word
- Meditations focusing sight on one set object such as a flower, color, hands, etc.
- Full body scans
- Meditative driving, walking, or hiking
- Special focus practices like creating mandalas or flame gazing
Remember this is a practice, and a difficult one.. so be patient with yourself on this journey!
Recommended Dharana Guided Meditation Videos
Morning Motivational Meditation (10 minutes)
Evening Sleep/Relaxation Meditation (50 minutes)
Full Night Sleep Meditation (8 hours)
Grounding Meditation (9 minutes)
Body Scanning Guided Meditation (15 minutes)
Loving Kindness Guided Meditation (15 minutes)
Self-Reflective Guided Meditation (15 minutes)
Positive Affirmation Guided Meditation (12 minutes)
Celestial Visualization Guided Meditation (7 minutes)
Manifest Meditations (Power of Attraction) (10 minutes)
Check out our Top 5 Yoga Mats and Equipment for Newbies!
You may want to try a block, couch pillow, blanket, or bolster in order to help yourself find a comfortable seat for meditation.
Top 5 Yoga Equipment for Newbies
Please comment and let me know which you tried, and what you thought of this Dharana exercise! If you have another favorite, then please share the link! Always remember, be kind!