Category Archives: MINDFULNESS PRACTICES

Bija Breathing – Pranayama + Mantra

This practice is wonderful as an anchor for meditation, or for focusing your intention throughout your time on the mat.  Try doing it out loud a few times and see how that feels! Maybe you can come up with a

Bija Breathing – Pranayama + Mantra

This practice is wonderful as an anchor for meditation, or for focusing your intention throughout your time on the mat.  Try doing it out loud a few times and see how that feels! Maybe you can come up with a

Extra Long Exhales

After even breathing, try experimenting with lengthening your exhalations, further inviting relaxation and reducing tension or fear.

Extra Long Exhales

After even breathing, try experimenting with lengthening your exhalations, further inviting relaxation and reducing tension or fear.

The 1 Minute Breath: Even Breathing with a Hold

This is one way I like to end (or begin) class.  And it’s one I use all the time.  While I picked it up in Kundalini classes, there are a few great sources on breathing that I can share: For

The 1 Minute Breath: Even Breathing with a Hold

This is one way I like to end (or begin) class.  And it’s one I use all the time.  While I picked it up in Kundalini classes, there are a few great sources on breathing that I can share: For

Receptive Meditation: Audio Anchoring

Being observant is a good skill.  In yoga, it can serve to help us realize when we are straining a part of the body too far or when our thoughts are becoming distorted.  In creative work, we can better recreate

Receptive Meditation: Audio Anchoring

Being observant is a good skill.  In yoga, it can serve to help us realize when we are straining a part of the body too far or when our thoughts are becoming distorted.  In creative work, we can better recreate

Body Scan – Progressive Relaxation

Progressive Relaxation is a common relaxation technique that involves what’s often called a Body Scan. You can find variations in numerous places.  I’ve found useful descriptions of Progressive Relaxation in the following books: – Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Widsom

Body Scan – Progressive Relaxation

Progressive Relaxation is a common relaxation technique that involves what’s often called a Body Scan. You can find variations in numerous places.  I’ve found useful descriptions of Progressive Relaxation in the following books: – Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Widsom

Even Breathing

This is the foundation for many Counts-per-breath types of Pranayama.  Great, quick way to calm down when you’re experiencing feelings of fear.

Even Breathing

This is the foundation for many Counts-per-breath types of Pranayama.  Great, quick way to calm down when you’re experiencing feelings of fear.

Receptive Meditation: Letting Go

We can check in with our thoughts during the day to notice if we are holding tension, if we are contracting around ideas.  This receptive meditation practice, of letting go, will make it easier to catch yourself in negative thought

Receptive Meditation: Letting Go

We can check in with our thoughts during the day to notice if we are holding tension, if we are contracting around ideas.  This receptive meditation practice, of letting go, will make it easier to catch yourself in negative thought

Lovingkindness Meditation

Metta, or Lovingkindness, is a beautiful meditation that might be particularly helpful in anticipating family interactions and holiday stress.  It’s a traditional meditation in Buddhism.  There are several sources that are very inspiring for it: The Wise Heart by Jack

Lovingkindness Meditation

Metta, or Lovingkindness, is a beautiful meditation that might be particularly helpful in anticipating family interactions and holiday stress.  It’s a traditional meditation in Buddhism.  There are several sources that are very inspiring for it: The Wise Heart by Jack

Checking In: Sensing Emotions

The idea of sensing emotions in connection with the body is one understood by Eastern traditions for a long time and is gaining further medical and scientific acceptance in the West.  This particular exercise pulls from both traditions. Tsultrim Allione’s

Checking In: Sensing Emotions

The idea of sensing emotions in connection with the body is one understood by Eastern traditions for a long time and is gaining further medical and scientific acceptance in the West.  This particular exercise pulls from both traditions. Tsultrim Allione’s

Receptive Meditation: Watching Thoughts

Meditation is about directing the mind’s attention, and directing it towards your thoughts can be a great way to uncover some of you patterns of thinking.  It’s a challenging thing to do.  Receptive meditations involve focusing on something and just

Receptive Meditation: Watching Thoughts

Meditation is about directing the mind’s attention, and directing it towards your thoughts can be a great way to uncover some of you patterns of thinking.  It’s a challenging thing to do.  Receptive meditations involve focusing on something and just