meditation

meditation and the yamas: ahimsa

In Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, the practice and philosophy of yoga is described in eight stages, or “limbs” that are referred to collectively as ashtanga yoga (not to be confused the rigorous asana practice—Ashtanga with a capital “A” —developed by Sri

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how to choose a mantra for meditation

Mantra meditation, or japa, is an ancient practice that remains popular with modern practitioners from many different traditions. Maybe you’ve considered trying it yourself, but have hesitated because you don’t quite know where to begin. After all, there are virtually

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social media for meditators

Joining a meditation group can be a great way to keep you motivated and committed to a regular practice. However, it’s not always easy to find a group that meets at a convenient time, is reasonably close to home or

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finding a meditation group

You’ve probably heard over and over again just how important it is to be consistent if you want to get the most out of your meditation practice. Five minutes every day will give you much greater benefits than an hour

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expressing the inexpressible: poetry & meditation

Not many people read poetry these days (compared to fiction and other prose, that is), but if you’re into meditation it might be worth trying out. Poetry and meditation complement each other, and each can lead to a deeper appreciation

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meditation journal: doing it right

There may be times when your meditation practice feels like just another habit—something you do, check off your daily task list, and then move on with the rest of your life. While it’s good to incorporate meditation into your daily

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savasana pose: gateway to meditation

As your asana practice draws to a close, you will enter corpse pose, or Savasana. This is the point in your practice where you begin to let go after an experience of stretching and strengthening the body–along with focusing the

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asana is meditation, movement from within

Stage 3: In recent articles we’ve looked at the ways in which practicing asanas brings us into a meditative state. But sometimes the reverse is true, and attunement to meditative states can actually cause our bodies to express meditation through

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deepening the meditative experience of asana practice

Stage 2: In the previous article on asana as a meditation practice, we examined the willful nature of what Kripalu yoga refers to as Stage One practice. In Stage Two, we begin to work with the balance of will and

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asana practice is meditation II – learning to be present

You’ve just rolled out your yoga mat and you’re ready to stretch, strengthen, and challenge your body. If there’s some time left after savasana maybe you’ll meditate. But probably not. Meditation is a luxury that will have to wait until

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