Basic Breathing Guided Meditation

Hello, yoga friends!

I often hear from new yogis that controlling the breath is the most challenging part of the practice.  Today I’m sharing a guided meditation for basic breathing to help you connect with the breath.

Before you press play, I invite you to create a space of quiet and comfort. Rest on your back and get super comfy, then press play. I hope you’ll feel completely relaxed and able to continue resting and following the breath once the recording ends.

 

I’d love to know how this meditation feels for you. I hope you feel relaxed and amazing after you practice this guided meditation.

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Weekly Words of Wisdom – OPPORTUNITY

Weekly Words of Wisdom: O is for OPPORTUNITY – A year and a half ago, I resigned from my corporate job on a Tuesday morning. Later, on that same day, I was offered an opportunity to add more yoga classes to my teaching schedule.

I love to think of myself as an “opportunity magnet.” It’s easy to recognize, now that I’m more mature, how opportunities have always presented themselves at the perfect times in my life. When times have been tough, I have always known and trusted that there was an underlying opportunity for change and growth. And because I have that mindset, opportunity manifests for me like magic!

John Wooden said, “Things turn out best for those to make the best of how things turn out.”

When we view challenges and setbacks as opportunities, we open ourselves up to possibilities for growth and expansion.

You are an OPPORTUNITY magnet too! Do you already know this? How does OPPORTUNITY show up for you?

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Weekly Words of Wisdom – NURTURE

Weekly Words of Wisdom: N is for NURTURE – The definition of NURTURE is to ‘care for or encourage the growth or development of someone or something.’

In nature, we nurture our garden by making sure it gets plenty of water and sunshine. Sometimes plants must be pruned – relieving them of dead parts and leaves. Once the parts that no longer serve the plant are removed, it’s able to grow to its full potential.

We nurture relationships by being of service to someone we care about. It can be a simple as a kind word or pat on the back in times of need, or as extravagant as a home cooked meal! We nurture others when we care for and encourage them to grow and prosper.

We can nurture ourselves by being mindful of the way we take care of our body and mind. Like plants in the garden, we must have plenty of water and sunshine, and it helps to have the ability to shake off the dead leaves (release what no longer serves you) for maximum growth potential.

We nurture our soul by being mindful with our thoughts. Creating healthy habits around the way we think and talk about ourselves helps us to feel worthy, and may even help us to be more nurturing toward others.

What are you NURTURING in your life? Do you feel NURTURED and cared for? How does your garden grow?

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Weekly Words of Wisdom – MEDITATION

Weekly Words of Wisdom: M is for MEDITATION – What image comes up when you hear the word “meditation”? Do you picture a thin yogi sitting in a pretzel shape, thumbs-to-index fingers with a blissed out facial expression? Or do you know that a meditation practice can look very different from that stereotypical image?

The key to meditation is to practice something that is soothing to your mind and body while remaining very present where you are. Meditation can be as simple a sitting still and following your inhalations and exhalations for a few minutes. Being truly in the moment with an activity you enjoy such as painting, drawing a mandala, playing a musical instrument, or taking a walk outside – anything that is so enjoyable to you that time flies whenever you do it – that can be your meditation!

Having a regular meditation practice can significantly improve the way we handle stress. By taking time to be mindful and still, we reduce the stress hormone cortisol in the body. Meditation boosts our immune system; relieves muscle tension; improves concentration and focus; reduces fatigue and irritability; and creates a sense of calm and well-being.

Do you already have a regular meditation practice? If not, I hope you’ll join me over the next 100 days. Take a little time out each day to refresh and regroup with a simple 5-minute meditation practice.

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Weekly Words of Wisdom – LINGER

Weekly Words of Wisdom: L is for LINGER – As in, take your sweet easy time.

We live in a busy world, my friends. Many of us move from one thing to another every day, all day, day after day. We go from this app to that email; from this list to that webinar; from morning till night. Our mind (and nervous system) stay in a state of constant motion, and then we wonder why we feel so tired and irritable all the time.

As a yoga teacher, I see students rushing all the time. I see them innocently anticipate a twist to the opposite side so they hurry up and go there. I see them hurry up and lift their arms when there could be more ease and grace in lifting slowly. I see them come to yoga class full of hurry, and leave with a sense of wanting to linger.

Doe Zantamata said, “Taking time to do nothing often brings everything into perspective.”

There’s great power in the pause, for it is there that we rejuvenate and fully appreciate our blessings. We calm our nervous system and revive our bodies with intentional time-outs.

This week I invite you to LINGER and notice the pause. Whether it’s a mental pause between emails, or the physical pause between twisting to the opposite side in a yoga class. Notice the pause after your inhale ends and just before the exhale begins. Resist the urge to react to a situation, lingering instead in the pause so that you can respond with more compassion. Finish a delicious meal and linger once your fork is resting in order to fully appreciate what you’ve just enjoyed.

Here’s an invitation to slow things down this week, dear one. Make time to appreciate yourself and others in that sweet spot called the pause.

How does it feel for you to linger?

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