We’ve all heard that being aware of and improving our breathing pattern is good for us. And there are so many reasons why improving your breathing is so important, it almost takes your breath away!
The pelvic floor and the diaphragm are intimately connected, as they both work to increase intra-abdominal pressure, which is one way that the “core” muscles help stabilize your body. In addition to helping you stay alive, the diaphragm is the top of the cylinder that forms the deep abdominal…
Mantra is an excellent tool for meditation. A mantra can be a name, a saying, or something traditional.
Sadhguru, an Indian yogi, mystic, philanthropist and author, describes mantra this way:
Mantra means a sound, a certain utterance or a syllable. Today, modern science sees the whole existence as reverberations of energy, different levels of vibrations. Where there is a vibration, there is bound to be a sound. So, that means, the whole existence is a kind of sound, or a complex…
Taking your meditation practice off your mat gives you the opportunity to explore a form of moving meditation. When sitting is a challenge, walking meditation can be a welcome break for the body. That doesn’t mean it is easy. Find a place that you can walk undisturbed, inside or outside. The woods or a field is a great place to practice this form of mediation, but a room where you can walk in a circle works perfectly well.
Start in mountain pose. Feel the contact points…
Those strands of beads wrapped around the necks and wrists of fashionable yogis (and people who want to look like yogis) are more than an accessory. Take them off your neck, hold them in your hand, and discover the one meditation prop you’ll ever really want or need.
Standard japa mala, or prayer beads, come in strands of 108 beads — for the 108 names of Krishna — with a larger, tasseled “guru bead” used to mark the start and end of a full prayer cycle. (Wrist malas have 27 beads…
Today’s meditation is inspired by distractions. Deciding to meditate in my infrequently empty home, I usually find my cat and dog uncommonly interested in being on my lap, walking around me, staring at me and playfully nudging me. How does one meditate when being so rudely interrupted?
Meditation in non-quiet, not-quite-alone situation can be replaced with an intense presence to what is happening. Can you stay absolutely in the moment with the distractions? Can you keep your thoughts…
This is being meditation, not doing meditation. This is sacrificing partiality for wholeness. This is relinquishing duality to oneness. And there’s only one thing to do. Stop.
Whatever you’re doing, stop it. Do it quickly, suddenly, with determination.
The voice you hear instructing your meditation, tell it to stop.
Watching the breath, stop.
Take all the words you know, write them down on an imaginary piece of paper, and set it aside for a while. Burn it if you like. Tell any words…