Are incense sticks useful for Yoga Meditation?

Yoga, Japa and Incense

Yoga Meditation is the process of gradually going inwards with body postures, breathing exercises, relaxation and eventually your personal meditation practice.

Meditation is recommended in clean and quiet surroundings with a minimum of external stimuli and distractions. Thus incense is not recommended during meditation. Incense, on the other hand, distracts the mind and pulls the senses out in to the external world.

If you wish to create a soothing atmosphere before meditation, you may use incense, but it is recommended to put it out before meditation.

Incense is used generally for rituals and ceremonial purposes in India.