Kathryn Budig is an internationally celebrated yoga teacher who has spent the last decade teaching students to aim true on and off the mat through workshops all over the world. We’re excited to share her wisdom here, and if you want even more of her Aim True philosophies, be sure to check out her newest mindbodygreen course, Aim True: A 21-Day Journey to Find Your Purpose, Ignite Your Passion and Love Yourself.
Where do you meditate? When?
I prefer to meditate at home in my yoga room first thing in the a.m. I’ll let the dogs out, feed them breakfast, and then Ashi (my puggle) and I go upstairs to sit. She has her own little pouf, and I’d like to think she’s doing the meditation with me!
What type of meditation do you practice?
Japa meditation. I’ll go through a full round of the mala using my mantra and then normally sit for as long as I can afterward.
A bolster to prop myself up on, and if I’m doing Japa, my mala.
Why do you meditate?
I meditate to clear my mind and inject myself with creative juice. It’s the best way to wipe my mind clean of noise and distractions and anything that’s causing me anxiety.
Advice for first-time meditators?
Don’t get frustrated! There are so many different styles of meditation. Keep experimenting until you find one that resonates with you. Also, don’t be attached to duration. Even one minute of meditation counts, and you can build up to longer sittings.