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category "Meditation"

Traditionally, there was no such thing as meditation AND yoga. In the yoga tradition, meditation, asana, pranayama and ethical precepts share equal footing. This section gives tips for developing and sustaining a meditation practice.

How to Choose a Meditation Cushion

posted by Charlotte Bell on February 25, 2015 |

meditation cushionHow to Choose the Right Meditation Cushion—Zafu, Zen or V-Shaped People sometimes chuckle when I tell them that sitting meditation is physically rigorous. But it’s true. When you sit still and tune into your body for any length of time, you’re likely to become uncomfortable. And sitting for long periods in the same position will at some point start to make you antsy. Even in my hour-long meditation classes, people

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Why Be Mindful?

posted by Charlotte Bell on August 4, 2014 |

be mindfulWhy Be Mindful? Anything Can Happen Any Time One chilly February day in 1997, I was rushing to a meeting with the founder of the soon-to-be-opened Cancer Wellness House. About three blocks from my appointment, I was happy to be greeted by a green light at a major intersection. As I entered the intersection, BAM! Suddenly, my car was turned sideways in the middle of the intersection and I was

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A Steady Unfolding: The Yoga of Patience

posted by Charlotte Bell on July 29, 2014 |

sukkhasana-300x199The Yoga of Patience I had the good fortune to spend 18 days at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in the past few weeks. My partner and I attended two back-to-back nine-day retreats. The first nine days focused on the cultivation of kindness and compassion, and the second nine days focused on mindfulness practice. I feel immense gratitude for the teachings, the practice and the wisdom of the teachers. When I

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The Yoga of Walking

posted by Charlotte Bell on July 23, 2014 |

yoga of walkingJust Walk – The Yoga of Walking I’ve always loved walking. Even back in the 1960s, when most people considered going out for a drive to be a leisurely Sunday activity, my father took us out on walks. Unlike most kids in our neighborhood, my sisters and I walked the mile to school, rain or shine (but not uphill both ways …). As a family, we spent summer evenings walking

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The River of Your Life: A Yoga Meditation

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on November 14, 2013 |

yoga meditationThe River of Your Life: A Yoga Meditation Writer Anne Lamott says there are two great metaphors for our lives: rivers and gardens. Thinking along the river lines when it comes to yoga, I recently decided to use this guiding metaphor as a way to explore the running and slow meandering of our lives during a Savasana meditation. Feel free to use my words or adapt your own to unfurling

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Would You Like to Start a Daily Meditation Practice?

posted by Charlotte Bell on August 27, 2013 |

daily meditation practiceHow Simple Rituals Can Help You Build a Daily Meditation Practice Last year I spent a long weekend at Green Gulch Farm in Northern California. Green Gulch is a lovely, green valley in the hills above Sausalito. A branch of the San Francisco Zen Center, it is both an organic farm and a retreat center for Zen students of all stripes—from householders wanting to spend a week or more practicing

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Silent Yoga Mind – Equanimity in Chaos

posted by Charlotte Bell on July 29, 2013 |

silent yoga mindSilent Yoga Mind – Equanimity in Chaos I just returned from 10 days of silence on an Insight (Vipassana) Meditation retreat at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. This is not the first time I’ve done such a radical thing. In fact, it was the 15th time I’ve sat in silence for anywhere from a week to a month since I stepped onto this path in 1988. There are so many things

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Starting a Meditation Practice: Rituals Work!

posted by Charlotte Bell on July 17, 2013 |

ritualsStarting a Meditation Practice:  Rituals Work! I’ve never been much for formality. It’s a familial thing. My parents’ spiritual proclivities—if they had them—were very much their own personal business. Even though I haven’t gone in for institutionalized rituals, if I’m honest with myself, I realize that I’ve formed my own personal rituals around all kinds of things—my morning routine, my bedtime routine, and my meditation practice, among others. Meditation is

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Walking Yoga

posted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on October 9, 2012 |

walking yogaWalking Yoga I just walked for almost two hours through downtown Lincoln, Nebraska, where I’m trotting around on book tour for my novel, The Divorce Girl. There is little I love more than taking to the streets, my backpack and cap on, to explore a new place. There’s something about seeing a place for the first time, on the hoof, that allows me to wake up to my connection with

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Learn to Sit

posted by admin on June 12, 2012 |

learn to sitLearn to Sit Most of us spend the majority of our waking hours sitting—at our computers, in our cars, at our dining tables, in front of the television. We often become so engrossed in whatever is in front of us that we forget to stretch and shift, or we do so unconsciously, often moving in the direction of slouchier posture as the hours roll by. As longtime yogi and writer

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