Posts tagged ‘Meditation’

Epsiode 54: Yoga Nidra Meditation

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Back by popular demand, it’s another yoga nidra class. In this 20 minute class, you will be guided through a scan of the body while resting in savasana. This form of yoga relaxation has been found to reduce tension and anxiety, to help those who suffer from a scattered mind, and to heal insomnia.  A focus will be placed on specific parts of the body throughout the meditation allowing the mind to concentrate on the sensations that are present. Do this class on its own for a break in your day, or as an addition at the end of an active class.

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Episode 50: Yoga Nidra for Deep Sleep

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In this 30 minute class, you will be guided through a scan of the body while resting in savasana. This form of yoga relaxation has been found to reduce tension and anxiety, help those who suffer from a scattered mind and restless body, and heal insomnia.  A focus will be placed on specific parts of the body throughout the meditation allowing the mind to concentrate on the sensations that are present.

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Episode 46: Moving the Mind in the Opposite Direction Meditation

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This is a 35-minute meditation practice that is useful when you are managing physical pain or emotional pain that may be felt in the body. This practice is based on the concept of Pratipaksha Bhavana that can be found in the Yoga Sutras. Sutra 1.33 as translated by Nischala Joy Devi says:

“When presented with disquieting thoughts or feelings, cultivate an opposite, elevated attitude. This is Pratipaksha Bhavana.”

This is a challenging practice – but it is one that has the potential to change physical and mental suffering. We will practice how to interrupt negative mental states and replace them with positive states. This will train your mind for times when you are feeling physical or mental discomfort. One of the important ways meditation creates lasting change is by helping you discover the habits of your mind that are contributing to pain, stress, and suffering. Everyone has chronic, unconscious habits of thinking and feeling. Some patterns, such as chronic worrying, disapproval, self-criticism, anger, or loneliness end up intensifying and reinforcing chronic pain. Other patterns such as acceptance, appreciation, or humor can reduce or prevent pain. With each round of this practice, the mind and body become shaped more in the direction of responding to future experiences with positive thoughts. The practice can be done anywhere at anytime. After listening to the podcast you can use these VERY basic guidelines whenever you need the help of the practice.

  1.  Start by finding a comfortable position
  2. Bring your attention to your breath
  3. Wish for yourself: “May I be free of this pain. May I be free of this suffering”
  4. Begin to focus your attention on feeling/imagining one pair of the following:
  • lightness/heaviness
  • stillness/movement
  • warmth/coolness
  • tension/relaxation

You can also choose to work with an opposite state of mind:

  • calm/stress
  • happiness/sadness
  • acceptance/anger
  • hope/disappointment
  • love/loneliness
  • courage/fear
  • self-confidence/self-criticism

Lastly, you can work with a sensation or feeling that is opposite to a painful sensation you are currently feeling. Ask yourself: What state of mind and body would heal what I am feeling right now? Call this the “Healing Opposite”. The answer may be relief, comfort, warmth, energy, acceptance, forgiveness, courage, etc. Whatever you choose will become the focus of the meditation. You choose this opposite.

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Episode 20: Imagery #1 Domes

This is a 20 minute podcast with very few poses. It is the first in a series I will be doing that uses imagery to help soften tension and bring space and awareness into the body. The focus of this class is mainly on breathing, the pelvis, awareness in the spine, and feeling the expanse from head to toe. If you are feeling extra wound up today, this podcast could be a nice way to start a longer practice or a way to simply chill out and release some aggression you may be holding in the body.

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