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Top 10 Yoga and Meditation Mistakes

Top 10 Yoga and Meditation Mistakes

There are many mistakes which a person makes while practicing yoga or meditation. If you want to reap maximum benefits of practicing yoga and meditation, you need to correct the mistakes. Read on to know the top 10 mistakes which people make while practicing yoga or meditation.

Many people want to perform yoga and meditation but leave it thinking that it is not effective or they are unable to learn it. Perhaps they are making some of the common mistakes usually people make while performing yoga and meditation. Here are top 10 mistakes that generally people make and you can check out whether you come under some categories or not.

Wrong Meditation or Yoga Pose

People think that trying to meditate means they have to sit in a complicated yoga pose. But the fact is that there is no typical pose prescribed for meditation. Many people suffer from back and neck problems just because they wanted to cope with the yoga pose for meditation. Remember, meditation is your state of mind and you should meditate in a position that is comfortable for you and keeps you relaxed.

Lack of Concentration

Concentrating too hard is not meditation. Although concentration and effort is needed to meditate, it is a pleasurable experience and not a strenuous one. You need to give some time and gradually you will be able to achieve success.

Wrong Time for Meditation

People try to meditate when they are physically or mentally in discomfort. This is wrong. If you are feeling upset, depressed or angry, you should not meditate at that time. Meditation during these times will even worsen the situation and your state of mind.

Forcing Yourself

Forcing yourself to follow some strict guidelines for meditation is not right. Remember, you need to follow your intuition and no compulsion for meditation.

Meditation Techniques

People avoid trying other meditating methods. This is the biggest mistake people make. There are many ways of meditating and if you are not comfortable with one, you can try another one.

High Expectations

Expect overnight result is not correct. This is next to impossible because you can get success in meditation gradually and eventually. There is no quick fix formula.


Being inconsistent is the biggest mistake which any yoga or meditation practitioner would do. It is important that you maintain a routine and try to get fit in that. Even if you do not succeed, do not leave trying again and again.

Improper Environment

Proper and perfect environment is very important when you are meditating. Take out the time when your surroundings are quiet and your thoughts less involved. You can choose a separate room or your bedroom even to meditate. Avoid your study or the place where you work.

Not Concentrating on Breathing

When performing yoga, people forget to concentrate on breathing. This is the mistake people normally do. Yoga is not only exercising but it is effective only when it is properly done. There is a rhythm of movements with the breathing and that has to be maintained throughout for positive results.

Practicing Vigorously

Many people think that they will gain more if they do the yoga exercises vigorously and as fast as possible putting all their strength and effort. Remember, yoga is something that has to be done systematically and properly. There is no need to do faster or forcefully. It is possible that you may get some negative impact of doing those yoga exercises also.

If you follow the guidelines and keep in mind the mistakes, you will be able to get the benefit of yoga and meditation. Try not to do the mistakes and perform yoga properly and consistently so that you keep yourself healthy.

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Radha.11 years ago
I agree with Kiran, it is very important to learn yoga properly before practicing it on your own from a yoga expert as it is very necessary to do it properly. If you do not learn properly, you may not be able to practice yoga properly.
Maya.11 years ago
According to me, mistake which people make while practicing yoga or meditation is that they are not consistent in practicing yoga or meditation and as such they may not get immediate result after practicing yoga or meditation. Remaining consistent while practicing yoga or mediation is very important.
Kiran.11 years ago
Lot of people are not aware of how to practice yoga properly and they end up making lot of mistakes while practicing yoga. The first mistake is that they try to practice yoga for the first time on their own which is very wrong. You must always seek yoga experts help for learning yoga and then you should practice yoga on your own after learning it properly.
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