meditation for beginners:
If you are just starting out on a yoga-meditation-stress relief plan, this quote may be informative to your practice: “Meditation is not to escape from society, but to go back to ourselves and see what is going on. Once there is seeing, there must be acting. With mindfulness we know what to do and what not to do to help.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
Contrary to some belief, stress relief via mindfulness practices does not mean that you get to hide from stress or necessarily avoid it altogether. Yoga is actually a system designed to help cultivate the inner witness, that place beyond the noise of the busy mind. Just focusing on the present moment and its wholeness, gives us this gift of returning to our inner peaceful core. This in turn gives us the ability to breathe and calm ourselves during stressful times, get objective, or just respond from a better place, even make healthier choices in the beginning.
If you are struggling with the postures in yoga, you can check out a short but sweet practice on my YOGA MIND cd, called “5 minute mindfulness retreat” which will help you learn how to focus. Awareness really is the building block for the deeper states of meditation; it tends to evolve with patience and practice, not by chasing it or trying to push aside reality. the important thing is not to be the drama you are watching, but rather, associate with the peaceful witness.
meditation for beginners
Yogatherapy – shoulder pain relief: – the shoulder jacket for yoga shoulder pain relief. If you have a desk job, drive a lot, walk a lot or just plain shlump-a-lot, your shoulders may round forward and your head may drop. That is a lot of strain for the shoulders and neck, don’t you think? Headaches anyone? Probably that and other issues. Basically if you take that posture with you into everything else you do, it will not improve unless you teach yourself new muscular movement tricks. Here is a simple but highly beneficial way to use a yoga strap to keep the shoulders seated on the back and open the front chest. You can even use it while you sit at your desk. It is a great yoga therapy tip for anyone who suffers from the shoulder shlumps ! I like 8ft or 10ft straps; you can get one here.
If you look like or are worried about looking like the kyphosis in this photo, yoga as therapy works wonders, I see it and work with it in private yoga classes all the time.
The steps for following along side this use of the yoga strap for a yogatherapy shoulder jacket are:
A ~ take belt buckle over left shoulder, leave tail down
B ~ take the tail cross the back under right armpit
C ~ loop the belt over the right armpit, take it with left hand
D ~ buckle up!
You can use this when you are sitting at your desk, or try a brief meditation with it.
The AHHH breath, great way to release tension! You could also Join my public yoga classe in Tenafly or book your private yoga class with me ~ and check out my YOGA MIND Cd
for downloadable portable peacefulness
Leaves falling here…season changing
How to let go? Allow your exhales to get longer, slower, let yourself sigh…
If life has you frazzled, try a simple seated meditation for 5 minutes
Countdown to a wonderful weekend
Simply sit and watch your breath, today focusing on the pauses, wherever you can notice them…when the mind stands still it can appreciate
Relaxed diaphragmatic breathing allows you to take new energy in and release tension and stress. Easy to learn in private sessions or take my upcoming workshop at South Bay Yoga Conference.
even if you had to hit the ground running, you can always take a brief ‘time out’ to breathe and re-boot