Concentration techniques help to build mental discipline and strength in the same way that physical exercises strengthen muscles. Both require consistent practice. With time, they improve both the quality and duration of awareness.
Examples of concentration techniques include:
- Watching the breath, focusing on each individual inhale and exhale. Whenever the mind wanders, bring the attention back to the breath until the mind calms and rests in the awareness of simply breathing.
- Tuning in to the physical sensations experienced in the body. Allowing awareness to be completely in the present moment.
- Focusing completely on an object, such as a candle flame, or a sound, such as a mantra.
Whatever the technique, these concentration practices can help access greater potential of the mind. Yogis are advised to practice regularly, emphasizing consistency over the actual duration of the practice. Concentration and mindfulness practices can be built into everyday life by performing simple tasks with more awareness and attention.