Being in Flow

Being in Flow: Meditations for Peace, Insight, Clarity, and Focus is now available on iTunes, Amazon, and CD Baby.

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Up to the Summit (4/7)

A mountain is a universal, spiritual symbol, just like light. It implies many aspects of existence. Temples and churches have mountain or hill-shaped domes and steeples. Sometimes the entire structure is built like a mountain. The visual of an unshakeable mountain, the rock of ages, intuitively signifies stability and security. It is simultaneously the mount... Continue Reading →

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Samavritti Pranayama (9/9)

Samavritti means equal or uniform movement. In this breathing the flows of inhaled and exhaled breaths are of equal duration and intensity. The breathing is paced, but it is paced to your own comfort and not to a given count--usually four to six seconds. As the breath is observed with uninterrupted awareness over an extended... Continue Reading →

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Full Yogic Breath (8/9)

An energizing and soothing practice, full yogic breath is a basic core breath. It flushes out the entire respiratory system. The breath becomes deeper, more relaxed, and more efficient. The muscles of the belly, midriff, and chest are gently engaged. The breath is experienced in different parts of the torso. A gentle expansion of the... Continue Reading →

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Belly Breath (7/9)

A deeply relaxing practice, the belly breath is one of the first breaths taught in yoga. Also known as abdominal breath, it is a simple and effective way to slow down the breath and mental activity. Awareness is shifted from the mind to the belly. The belly is a space of stillness, a vast ocean... Continue Reading →

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Whole Body Breath (6/9)

Conscious breathing requires some effort initially but after some practice it becomes a natural part of you. Another deeply relaxing practice, whole body breath is simple and effective. There is a gentle expansion and contraction of the whole body When in the grip of very strong emotions, a short and heavy chest breath, pounding heart,... Continue Reading →

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Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha

Swami Satyananda Saraswati, Bihar School of Yoga This private label book was first published in 1966, well before the current yoga renaissance. Given the high level of interest in yoga therapy, it is astounding how far-sighted and prescient this book has been. If I had to recommend just one book on yoga, this would be... Continue Reading →

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What is Meditation?

When the mind starts letting go its attachment and identification with thoughts, the grip of conditioning and programming lessens. The coloring decreases. There is less reaction. Like/dislike, pleasant/unpleasant, love/hate reactions are more muted. There is clarity in thinking and there is greater perception.

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February 9 Happy Circle: Chariot of Yoga Meditation

Learning to rein in, train the unruly horses, and keeping the chariot on track through all the rough and smooth patches is the process of yoga. The word "yoga" has multiple meanings--it is used as a term to describe the training process, the path, as well as the goal which is a particular state of being.

Happy Circle Jan 23–Chariots and Mountains

Welcome to our circle! We have two analogies today--chariots and mountains. One is active and the other is passive. My purpose is to broaden our perspective on awareness, meditation, yoga, and to cultivate objective curiosity (sakshi bhav/witness). Links to meditation using the allegory of a mountain are posted below. Imagine yourself riding in a glorious... Continue Reading →

Chair Sun Salutations

Here we have modified the sequence of 12 positions of sun salutations for those with more limited movement on the chair. The modified sequence retains the fluidity of movement and breath to benefit the whole body. Chair sun salutations are gently invigorating and calm the body. Try them out to feel energized and balanced. In... Continue Reading →

Chair Asana

The following basic routine includes movements of all major joints. The whole routine should take about 15 to 20 minutes. If time is limited, after going through body and breath awareness, pick a few movements that are the most relevant for you. Another suggestion is that one day you do the upper half of the... Continue Reading →

Lower Body Asana

Before you begin, please read through the directions and make sure you understand the movement. Check with your doctor before starting any new physical movements. When in doubt, ask your doctor! Remember that yoga, even these gentlest of movements, is not a substitute for medical care. Pay attention to the body and if there is... Continue Reading →

Upper Body Asana

Before you begin, please read through the directions and make sure you understand the movement. Check with your doctor before starting any new physical movements. When in doubt, ask your doctor! Remember that yoga, even these gentlest of movements, is not a substitute for medical care. Pay attention to the body and if there is... Continue Reading →

Yoga Nidra: With Chakras and Bija Mantras (7/7)

This Yoga Nidra is a guided yoga meditation to purify the body through chakras (energy centers) and their individual sound vibrations. The meditation systematically locates important chakras. Each chakra is associated with an element and has a bija mantra (seed sound vibration). Mental and emotional blockages at each center are cleared by focusing on the... Continue Reading →

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