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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3 ways to embrace change

In yoga, headstand is one of my favorite poses. It’s become both my party trick and my consolation prize—I might not be able to touch my toes, but I can balance on my head for half the class, no problem.

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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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5 chest openers to unblock that heart chakra

In many belief systems chakras are a big deal. These seven points along the body form no less than the centers of our spiritual power. This past February was National Heart Month, in honor of that we’re focusing today on the fourth

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5 tips for an awesome home yoga practice

While nothing beats falling in love with a yoga studio there are times when having a home yoga practice is a very good thing. I learned this firsthand a few weeks ago, when I came down with nasty winter cold. On

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the surprising benefits of partner yoga

Many people—myself included—consider yoga their “me time.” When we practice, we’re liberated from our desks, away from our children, and free to move and meditate on our mat. Those minutes are precious and much needed—which is why the idea of

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lighten up! the role of humor in meditation

The first time I took part in a meditation group I was nervous. It was a new experience for me, and I didn’t know anyone else in the group. When I arrived I entered the building through the wrong door,

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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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