Recently I have started to meditate using an app on my phone called Headspace. It offers a great 10 minute guided meditation that I have been doing for about a month or so. Being as I am pretty busy throughout the day, I decided to try to meditate during one of my daily sauna sessions.
I have noticed a few things:
I am much more calm throughout the day with a much clearer head.
I am not as volatile with my emotions and I let go of things much easier.
I am much more aware of the space around me in all directions.
I am more aware of sound; instead of listening for things, I let sound come to me. Sounds strange, I know, but it’s a shift.
I breathe much easier throughout the day.
I am less focused on made up problems that I create throughout the day. I am much more in the present moment.
My blood pressure is stabilized at around 120/80 for the first time in my life.
What I have noticed from meditating in my sauna:
Because the air is hotter it’s a bit more intense during deep breathing–which makes the meditation feel a bit more intense. You are overcoming extreme heat to arrive at a peaceful mind. Once you do, it feels like an accomplishment.
You have to learn to not let the sweat dripping down your body interfere with your thoughts, or lack thereof. This helps keep you focused actually–very similar to holding a pose in yoga.
With all the good from meditating inside an infrared sauna, I would say to change up the location of where you meditate from time to time so it doesn’t get routine. Don’t get me wrong, routine is good. But you don’t want to have the same thoughts and visuals each time you meditate. You want to explore what’s around you and new things help bring in new insights. Just a thought.
While I am no pro in teaching you how to meditate, after one month I am sold. I highly encourage you to try it–especially in your sauna.