The origins of meditation are not precise. In the Indus Valley, archaeologists discovered evidence of meditation in wall art dating from approximately 5,000 to 3,500 BCE. The images depict people sitting in what many of us would recognise as meditation postures. There are also descriptions of meditation techniques found in Indian scriptures dating back around 3,000 years ago. The aim of Meditation is to achieve stillness or silence of your mind.
Meditation is the origin of Mindfulness which was popularised in the late 1970's in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). It is used medically to treat stress, control anger and in many trauma based therapies. In its purest form it is Meditation.
Pranayma is a sequence of breathing exercises that will reduce stress, oxygenate your blood and prepare your physical body for Meditation and Mindfulness. In Sanskrit Prana means life force or breath sustaining the body; Ayama translates to extend or draw out. Together two mean breath extension or control.
The benefits of Pranayma and Meditation can be; reduced stress/anger, improved concentration, stronger immune system, cardiovascular health, weight management,
self-awareness/confidence, acceptance/peacefulness and best of all happiness.