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 →

Candle Flame Trataka (6/7)

The word trataka means a steady gaze. The yogic practice withdraws the senses from the external environment to the internal space within. It clears the mental space and uses an external flame to trigger the vision of the internal flame. Trataka is a soothing and comforting yoga meditation. Cancer patients and people with chronic illnesses... Continue Reading →

Roles Played (5/7)

This is the fourth meditation in our series. We first became familiar with the process of witnessing. Then we began to look objectively at the programming and conditioning of the mind. The third meditation was about discarding negative conditioning and connecting with an inner source of strength. This fourth meditation is about looking at various... Continue Reading →

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 →

Who Am “I”? (3/7)

This meditation reveals the perpetual and consequential programming, or the conditioning process, of the mind that began at birth. Think of the body and mind as hardware and software that are constantly growing, and being shaped and formed, by everything the body-mind is exposed to. This body-mind complex absorbs, processes, and stores everything to create... Continue Reading →

Being a Witness (2/7)

In this practice, we will learn to be a witness, a neutral spectator, without actively participating in the physical breathing or mental processes. Simply being in the present moment, observing, has a significant effect in calming the body, mind, and emotions. You will feel it in this practice. Table of Contents Introduction Being a Witness... Continue Reading →

Introduction (1/7)

The first four meditations are Yoga Nidras that have been developed in a particular order. Based on the structure of Satyananda Yoga Nidra, each practice has body awareness, body stillness, breath consciousness, and observation of the mental space. The structure goes through the steps of pratyahara (sense withdrawal), dharana (focus), and dhyana (focused concentration or... Continue Reading →

Breath by Breath

Larry Rosenberg and David Guy, Shambhala Classics Engaging the reader into the depths of meditation is not easy. Breath by Breath is an in-depth look into meditation that succeeds in doing just that. It is a translation and commentary on one of the Buddha’s core teachings, the Anapanasati Sutra. Like all of the Buddha’s teachings,... Continue Reading →

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