You’ve likely seen people sitting in a room, eyes closed, chanting, hands on their bent knees. That’s meditation. But you’ve also probably seen people at work in yoga classes, using their breath to guide them through a series of difficult postures that challenge the body. That, too, is mediation.
As with all things, meditation takes many forms. It can be that traditional style—repeating a calming word or phrase, focusing the mind, blocking out distractions—or it may be more physical in nature, such as qi gong, a combination of breath, movement, and relaxation.
The point is that meditation is many things and comes in many forms, but its benefits are nearly universal. Of course, it offers focus and stillness to the mind, a requirement to be present, to wipe away worries and fears and replace anxiety with calm. But it also can better us in more physically concrete ways: boosting the immune system, lowering heart rate, among others. To learn more about the practice, use this graphic from club woodside.