Category Archives: mindfulness

A Funny Pandemic Meditation

I hope this funny pandemic meditation gives you a laugh in lockdown! Read the transcript below:    Beginning to bring your attention to your body and to your breath. Maybe rocking from sit bone to sit bone, giving each side of your bottom a break, for maybe the first time today. Let's take a…
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A Breathing Meditation for Stronger Lungs

Breathing meditation for lung strength This breathing meditation for stronger lungs is a beautiful practice for those who are concerned about COVID-19. It's also wonderful for anyone with asthma or lung health issues and is a great tool to use during cold and flu season to help your body recover faster from bronchial illnesses. Below…
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Amritapuri Ashram

I’m sitting on a balcony overlooking a sea of palm trees and a wide, winding canal at the amritapuri ashram. I’m second in a row of chairs outside the doctor’s office. There’s a middle-aged American lady on my left telling us she’s been feeling exhausted lately and wants to know what’s wrong. To my right…
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30 Day Mindfulness Challenge (2019 update)

This is a repost of my 30-day mindfulness challenge back in 2013! Re-reading this made me remember this day on the mountain, and my inspiration for the challenge, perfectly. It's also amazing to see how much progress I've made with my health, my yoga practice, and living a mindful life in the last six years.…
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What Is Mindfulness?

Have you heard about mindfulness? The hype around mindfulness is filling our news feeds with promises of better health and quality of life. So what is mindfulness, how is it different from meditation, and how can it help you live a healthier and happier life? Mindfulness touts many benefits, such as increasing productivity, increasing immune…
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The Power of Mediation For Anxiety and Depression

In high school, I got into mindfulness meditation. My mom, who was an avid meditator, introduced me to a guided mindfulness meditation by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Kabat-Zinn is one of the founders of the mindfulness meditation movement. He runs the stress reduction clinic at the University of Massachusetts. Listening to the guided mindfulness meditation helped me…
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Yoga for Depression (are you feeling SAD?)

“the severe pain and the great trials we go through teach us the real essence of great joy” ― Ernest Agyemang Yeboah When Winter comes and bathes the world in its icy grasp, it’s important to remember that Spring is always just around the corner. Until it comes, there are many ways to lift your…
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Why You Don’t Need to Clear Your Mind in Yoga Class

Have you been told you need to 'clear your mind' in yoga or meditation? Have you felt like that's asking the impossible? When you think about meditation, there’s a good chance you envision a monk sitting on top of a mountain.  Her mind free from thoughts or worries, and feeling at peace with the world.…
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Should You Always Feel ‘Good’ After Doing Yoga?

As humans, we like to seek pleasure and avoid pain. So we should want to do things that make us feel good, right?  Most people start practicing yoga because they hear that yoga can make you feel relaxed, happy, blissed out, healthier, and less stressed. All those things are possible to feel after a yoga class.…
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