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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.

Just Sitting

posted by Bruce Black on September 23, 2015 |

just sittingJust Sitting Our lives are so busy, so rushed. Sometimes it’s hard to find a moment to sit still. It’s one of the reasons that I love yoga. The moment I unroll my mat and sit down, the strains of my day seem to melt away. (Writing in my journal provides the same sanctuary from the daily rush of life.) But sometimes just sitting isn’t easy. Even though I’ve set

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Why Practice Yoga and Mindfulness?

posted by Charlotte Bell on September 8, 2015 |

mindfulnessWhat Does Mindfulness Have to Do with Anything? Patricia has been coming to my yoga classes for more than 15 years. Last week while we were in the midst of practicing a quadriceps stretch at the wall she said, “I have to say how much I appreciate the work we do in this class.” Patricia and her husband had spent the previous week hiking in Glacier National Park. They met

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A Meditation for Abundance

posted by Jacqueline Morasco on June 24, 2015 |

abundanceA Meditation for Abundance Often people ask me how they can create more abundance in their lives. My experience is that the Universe answers our requests so it’s important to be very specific about what we want an abundance of in our lives. After doing some asana (maybe some sun salutations) and pranayama, take a seat, make sure you sit in a comfortable fashion where your spine is upright and

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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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