Yoga

asana practice is meditation

You may not always think of it this way, but when you roll out your yoga mat at home or at your weekly class, you’re entering a meditation practice. Countless articles have been written about our western culture’s fascination—obsession, even—with

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108 sun salutations

A few years ago my local yoga studio advertised a special class to commemorate New Year’s Day and a kick off a brand new year—108 Sun Salutations, which would take close to two hours. When I saw that number, I

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3 ways to sneak yoga into your schedule today

These days, we’re all too busy. Between work deadlines, after school activities, and the fall premiere of all our favorite sitcoms (hey, we’re just being honest!) it can be hard to find time for the stuff that matter most. Things

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meditation enhances creativity and problem solving

Creativity is not an easy thing to define. Its meaning varies widely, depending on a person’s background, profession, or general outlook on life. To an engineer, creativity might mean finding a solution to a nagging problem—like how to make a

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ikebana: meditation through flower arrangement

Many popular meditation techniques require a great deal of sitting still, and that can be a turnoff to some people. Walking meditation is a good alternative, but what if you’re someone who needs to be occupied in a task that

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running as meditation

Over the past few posts we’ve looked at meditation techniques that take us off the cushion and engage us in some sort of physical activity, and we’ll continue that trend in this post by lacing up our running shoes and

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laughter as meditation

There’s a YouTube video from 2012 that is about one half hour long, and is basically just a woman talking, smiling, slapping her knees, and—above everything else—laughing her butt off. The woman, whose name is Stephanie Nash, isn’t a comedian.

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release the summer heat with watermelon

Summer may be ending, but, depending on your constitution, you may now be feeling the effects of excess Pitta.  We’ve all felt it on particularly hot days and even Shakespeare writes of this.  In Romeo and Juliet, just before the

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samadhi – the goal of the eight limbs of ashtanga

Although the first seven of the eight limbs of Ashtanga are worthwhile stages, the ultimate goal is Samadhi, the eighth limb. Samadhi is a state of bliss that can also be thought of as enlightenment or another level of consciousness.

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finding comfort in uncertainty with koan meditation

Describe the sound of one hand clapping… You could respond in any number of ways to that challenge. A common response would be to smile or laugh a little, thinking the request was just a joke. Or you might be

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