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Yoga FAQs (cont.)

How is meditation practiced?

Meditation is a time-honored method of letting go of the mind. Though there are many ways to meditate, the one common factor for all methods is relaxation and concentration on a single theme for a certain length of time. When the mind wanders, it is gently but firmly brought back to the area of focus. Gradually, the practitioner is able to transcend the conscious mind and be in meditation.

What is pranayama?

Pranayama is the practice of controlled breathing called yogic breathing. Pranayama revitalizes the body, balances emotions, and promotes clarity of mind and intellect. All breathing exercises are performed sitting down, keeping the spine, neck, and the head in a straight line.

Medically reviewed by John A. Daller, MD; American Board of Surgery with subspecialty certification in surgical critical care


United States. National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health. "Yoga for Health: An Introduction." Feb. 3, 2012. <>.

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