Relaxation Response vs Stress Response

The relaxation response triggered by yoga and meditation counters the stress response. When the mind-body has repeated experiences of stress, the stress response triggers faster as a survival mechanism and the stress hormones, over time, cause health problems. Stress may contribute to, or exacerbate, some of these familiar health problems: anxiety * arthritis * constipation *... Continue Reading →

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.

Yoga Nidra At Benson Henry Institute

Yoga Nidra is being taught at the Benson Henry Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital. These are Satyananda-based Yoga Nidras. The hospital is also a center for MBSR (mindfulness based stress reduction) programs established by Dr. Jon Kabat Zinn. As I am doing the Teaching Company's Mind Body Medicine Guide by Dr. Jason Satterfield at the... Continue Reading →

Another Year?

Too Many Names by Pablo Neruda Mondays are meshed with Tuesdays and the week with the whole year. Time cannot be cut with your weary scissors, and all the names of the day are washed out by the waters of night. No one can claim the name of Pedro, nobody is Rosa or Maria, all... Continue Reading →

Awareness Of Fear That Dissects Us

The sun shines over all life without distinction The water flows with no attempt at prejudice The earth holds us all without labels The tree gives fruit and shade without judgement The breath flows from one to another giving life to all The sky covers us with the umbrella of infinite space Rich or poor,... Continue Reading →

Dalai Lama Lady Gaga Talk

Lady Gaga asks His Holiness The Dalai Lama about the despair and loneliness in youth; the importance of kindness and compassion for self-esteem and sense of purpose; and connecting to our shared humanity for healthier living. What meditation to practice is another question briefly explored. Dalai Lama Lady Gaga Talk

Difference Of One

“In a family, if there is one person who practices mindfulness, the entire family will be more mindful. Because of the presence of one member who lives in mindfulness, the entire family is reminded to live in mindfulness. If in one class, one student lives in mindfulness, the entire class is influenced.” Source ~ Thich... Continue Reading →

Free Online Yoga Nidras Transform Many

We try out many different ways to manage our physical and mental stress, anxiety, pain, grief, loss, regrets. Some work, some don't. Meditation is one of them--and all the different types of meditations. Mahasri Yoga offers free online shorter breathing tracks as meditation and longer Yoga Nidras. They have had a profound effect on many... Continue Reading →

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