Yoga and Meditation : Introduction, differences and its importance

Yoga and Meditation

Definitions of Yoga and Meditation

Yoga and meditation makes our life  happier, healthier, fit and fine .Yoga: the aim of yoga is to gain the state of spiritual absorption. Meditation: Meditation includes the constant concentration of the mind on a particular specific object or a specific religious symbol.

Definition of ‘meditation’ : From Collins English Dictionary

“Meditation is the act of remaining in a silent and calm state for a period of time, as part of a religious training, or so that you are more able to deal with the problems of everyday life.”

Whatever, it is hard to cover meditation in the definition.

During practice session, you will get knowledge not only your existence but also nature and universe.

Finally you will be automatically loving creatures.

Here some definitions, so kindly try to read :

 Differences between yoga and mediation

Many people are confused when it comes to yoga and meditation. They think that these two are the same. But the truth is, they are not. When you take a closer look at it, there are many differences between yoga and meditation. But despite their differences, all of you will surely agree when we say that yoga and meditation are quite similar in the sense that both deliver physical, mental, emotional and spiritual benefits to the body.

As defined by the sage Patanjali, Yoga is ‘Chitta Vriti Nirodhah’, promoting the unison of body and mind and envisages wellness of human beings both physical, mental and spiritual.

The eight steps of yoga are yama, niyama, aasana, pranayama, pratyahar, dhyana, dharana and samadhi. Yoga is also said to be a way of life and when practised gives all round benefits.

Meditation is a part of yoga, which deals with mental relaxation and concentration. Here, attention is focused on thoughts and breath. Being aware of breathing automatically controls the thought process and thus relaxes mind completely.

Characteristics of Yoga and Meditation


Yoga: Yoga have eight limbs named as Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana and Samadhi.

Meditation: Meditation is the 7th limb of Yoga, and it is named as Dhyana in Sanskrit.


Importance of yoga and meditation

Yoga is much more physically exhausting than meditation can ever be, because the westernized version of yoga is about poses, balance, exercise, and peace. Yoga is definitely not your average exercise because you are supposed to be focusing on your breathe, mind, and body connection, while most exercises are simply moving body parts around (as a triathlete, this is very true!). However, yoga is still much more physically focused than mentally focused, like meditation.

Yoga is also a very beneficial activity because it centers around lengthening one’s spine and stretching the body. If you are like me and have several back problems/sore muscles, yoga may be a good fix for you. Every morning I try to practice yoga because my back pain will subside for hours after some proper yoga exercises, and I highly recommend you give it a shot if you are experiencing back pain.


  1. An article from Times of India by D K Singh, Mumbai
  4. From Quora  by  Alina, former Yoga Student at AYM Yoga Teachers Training School Rishikesh
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