Meditation is a mental discipline which attempts to go beyond the reflexive, thinking mind into deep states of relaxation and awareness. Through practicing meditation, you can achieve greater focus, higher states of consciousness, or simply a more relaxed and peaceful frame of mind. In the West, meditation is associated with stress reduction. It is also practiced to develop compassion and a sense of right action in our dealings with others, but its potential for awakening is even broader. There are various approaches to meditation and meditative techniques, several of which are represented in the different programs offered at Yoga on High.