Priya Bhatia is a yoga and meditation teacher. She received her 200hr RYT certification through Integral Yoga and an advanced certification in children’s yoga from Kidding Around Yoga. She deepened her experience with mindfulness and meditation through completing the 8-week Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course. She has practiced yoga for over 20 years. She graduated from Rutgers University, USA with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics & Computer Science.
I started meditating around 8-9 years ago following a popular 21-day online meditation course. It didn't become a regular practice at first as I struggled to make time for it. At first it was hard to sit as the mind would work so hard to distract with thoughts! In the beginning, I would turn to meditation when I was stressed about something. I slowly found the practice of meditation became a quiet that was needed in my life. I then started to crave that peaceful feeling and began to practice daily. I realised that even if it's just for a short time, I owe it to myself as part of my self -care.
The silence and stillness of meditation allows me to tap into my inner peace and calm. I love the beautiful feeling when the breath settles into a rhythmic and smooth flow, the mind is calm and I can feel the spaces between my thoughts. That is when I experience the peace within: my true self. That same peace exists within each one of us and is always available for us to tap into at any time. It all begins with the breath.
Sometimes I'll find myself having a busy day juggling many things and I'll take a moment on the MTR or while I wait to meet someone and just close my eyes, tune into my breath and allow myself to turn inward even amongst the chaos or noise around me.
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
The Little Book of Peace (Susan Jeffers)