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 →

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 →

Links To Forgiveness Meditations

Here are three links to online forgiveness meditations: Bhante Gunaratana: Metta Meditation begins with an extensive forgiveness component and training the mind by reconditioning it through the practice of forgiveness. This website is a treasure trove of teachings and meditations. This is a much longer talk interwoven with practice--a live recording from a retreat. Bhante is an... Continue Reading →

Forgiveness As Resolution Of Grief

As I prepare for tomorrow's meditation, here is a link to a very human and fresh meaning of forgiveness which is different from the article in the last post. I recommend that everyone coming to our meditations read this as it applies to all of us. In "What is Forgiveness?", also from the Greater Good... Continue Reading →

Bessel van der Kolk On Yoga And PTSD

Thanks to Cindy for this post. Western psychotherapy has hardly paid any attention to the experience and interpretation of disturbed physical sensations and action patterns. Yoga is one of the Asian traditions that clearly help reintegrate body and mind. For someone to heal from PTSD [post-traumatic stress syndrome], one must learn how to control bodily reflexes. PTSD causes memory to be... Continue Reading →

Yoga Breathing in Chemotherapy Patients

Cancer patients receiving chemotherapy experience fatigue, sleep disturbances, anxiety, stress, and depression. Drugs to treat these symptoms can be expensive, ineffective, and have undesirable side-effects. A 2008 study approved by the University of California San Francisco tested the feasibility of the yogic breathing practices of pranayama and measured the effects on the quality of life... Continue Reading →

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