Of course, a martial art session is incomplete without meditation. Meditation allows martial art students to train their minds and achieve better concentration and healing powers. Actually, you can choose from several meditation styles. If you are a beginner or want to switch to a different style, here are some morning meditation techniques to choose from.
1. Mindfulness Meditation
Mindfulness meditation is all about awareness of whatever is occurring in the present moment. This can include visuals, sounds, emotions, thoughts, and so on. The goal of this meditation approach is to completely engage the present moment and accept each moment without judgment. You can take up this style as a morning meditation practice to stay more open.
2. Guided Meditation
The art of practicing meditation with the help of a guide is known as guided meditation. Generally, martial art trainees are provided separate training for meditation after their fight training sessions. However, if you are not able to do meditation in your class, you can look for online sources such as podcasts, video-sharing platforms, apps, and so on. These sources offer meditation lessons in both video and audio formats. Choose whatever works best for you.
3. Concentration Meditation
Concentration meditation can require you to focus on a specific point. If practiced regularly, this morning meditation method can improve your ability to concentrate during fights. Indeed, concentration meditation can be practiced by listening to a song on a loop, focusing on the flame of a candle, focusing on breaths, and so on. As this style can be quite challenging for beginners, they can start with 2 minute-practice and gradually extend up to 15 minutes.
4. Breathing Meditation
This is one of the most popular morning meditation styles that involve simple breathing techniques. Simply inhale and exhale and focus on every breath. A great technique to relax your mind and increase alertness!
5. Active Meditation
Also referred to as moving meditation, active meditation can be easily incorporated in your martial arts training. For instance, if you are learning Tai Chi, you can easily enter a meditative state while practicing your moves. This is achieved by practicing deep breathing as you perform a series of postures. Indeed, this type of meditation is generally for martial art students who don’t want to take out separate time for meditation.
6. Zen Meditation
Zen meditation initiated by Siddhārtha Gautama or Buddha is the simplest form of morning meditation. This is because it doesn’t involve step-by-step guidelines, mantras, movements, and so on. Actually, this meditation first focuses on achieving the right posture. Once the posture and breathing have been set, the mind will automatically reach the meditative state.
7. Yoga Meditation
Meditation forms an important part of yoga. As well, many yoga postures can help one to enter a meditative state. This can include handstands, corpse pose, downward-facing dog pose, and so on. Many poses, particularly the corpse pose, is entirely quiet. As a result, the body and mind in repose brings practitioners into a peaceful meditative state.
Get ready to make the most of your martial art training by choosing any of these morning meditation styles.