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Yoga has helped me to learn the connection between breath and thought. I attend Yoga classes at a local YMCA. I suppose they are in the hatha yoga form. The last 10 minutes of class are spent in the shavasana pose. In this relaxation pose I have felt a glimpse of what it might be like to truly let thoughts go and meditate. Near the end of the 10 minutes a feeling washes over me. It is similar to a rushing feeling of falling asleep while trying to read a good book, but I remain awake and somewhere between conscious and unconscious. Then I hear the instructor's voice telling us to return our thoughts to our breath and I have a sense of wonder over the feeling that I just experienced.
For me, it is an intuitive process to work my muscles and focus my mind on body alignment before attempting meditation. The yoga sessions provide a process for releasing tensions.