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How Long & How Often Should You Meditate?

Learn how long and how often you should meditate from yoga instructor Lisa Dawn Angerame in this Howcast video.

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Hi, I'm Lisa Dawn Angerame. I'm one of the founding partners of Nava NYC. A collective of nine yoga and meditation teachers in New York City. Our website is www.navanyc.com. Today I will be talking to you about meditation.

Meditation practice is a practice that grows over time, it's like a flower. With water and sunlight and a little tending to, your flowers blossom. The petals start to open. It's the same way with meditation. With time and effort and energy, it's like you're watering your meditation practice and the meditation practice grows. The benefits become, you become open, you become open like a flower.

So the question is, how long and how often should you practice? As long as possible and as often as possible. But start small, start with five minutes. Everybody has five minutes to spare. Five minutes to check e-mail, five minutes on Facebook, five minute sit for meditation. Meditate a couple of times a week to start. Sit three days week is a good commitment. So Monday, Wednesday, Friday. Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday. Set a specific amount of time, but over time, meditation practice becomes so interesting, you want to go sit down. So you're going to find that you can increase the time and how often you practice and it will actually add to the joy and the benefits of your meditation practice.

So start with five minutes, increase it by let's say, a minute a day, until you get to about ten minutes. Stick with ten minutes for awhile, then start to increase it to about 15 minutes. A great benchmark for yourself is 20 minutes once a day.

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