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Nervous about beginning a Meditation Practice?

March 5, 2013

BreatheI have a high-strung friend who messaged me recently. He was looking for ways to relax and let go.

He, like a lot of people find the thought of MEDITATING intimidating, but actually, most people are doing mini meditations all the time.

Think about when you are angry, do you count to ten? – meditation.
Do you count sheep to take your mid off of things so you can sleep? – meditation
Maybe you take a walk or ride a bike, these things can also be meditative

There is no reason to be scared, meditation is for everyone. Anyone can do it.

I started him off with one of my favorite meditations:  Easy Self Guided Bareh Count Down Meditation.

I do this one constantly. It’s easy to remember and simple enough to do it anywhere, anytime.

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Dhyana-Perfect Contemplation

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Aura Photography post 2 of 2

March 13, 2012

On March 10, 2012, I had an Aura Photograph (Kirlian Photograph) taken by Joel Straup from Star Light Angels  at Thrive Yoga and Health Consulting.  I was anxious to compare my photo with one that was taken in March  2008.  The two photos couldn’t have been more different.  In 2008 My aura showed as mostly red with a bit of purple and a hint of white.  The image that I had taken on Saturday was virtually  rainbow of colors!

Yellow:  Teacher, Reader. Disciplined, an Intellectual, talent for Organization

Violet:  Spiritual in Nature, Mysterious, Intuitive, Imaginative, Has a very Creative mind & reticence.

Blue:  is truth, devotion, wisdom and calm.  Mind moves on a higher level

Red:  Over active, takes on challenges, mood swings

Orange:  Active Intelligence, very creative
Joel also said that I was still healing from an injury.  I nurtured many children in a past life, so I have need for children in this life.  He recommended I wear turquoise with many veins for healing and intuition.  Once again, I feel like my reading was pretty accurate.  I can’t wait to see what future Aura Photos hold.  If you have had Aura Photographs taken, please share your thoughts,

After my reading, I went to Kaleidoscope Angels to purchase some Turquoise Jewelry.

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Mudra for March: Dhyani Mudra

March 2, 2012

Dhyani Mudra  Buddha Mudra), is a Gesture of Meditation.  The Buddha is always depicted with his hands in a yoga mudra.  The Dhyani Mudra is one of the most important of these mudras.  The Amitabha Buddha illustrates the Buddha’s hand in Dhyani Mudra.

Dhyani Mudra is a gesture of absolute balance.

How to Male:
Gently rest your right hand on top of your left hand
Palms facing up
Thumb tips touching

How to Female:
Gently rest your left hand on top of your right hand
Palms facing up
Thumb tips touching

Dhyani Mudra is used in various pranayama techniques as well as meditation.

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Salutation Seal (Anjali Mudra or Hrdayanjali Mudra),hands in Prayer position (Namaste)

January 1, 2012

Mudra is Sanskrit for seal.  A mudra is a position, usually done with the hands, that directs the flow of prana (life energy).

As part of our Mudra Series, we are beginning with the Salutation Seal since most of us are very familiar with bringing hands together in prayer position.  This gesture first appeared in clay seals about 6,000 years ago.

The Salutation Seal is known by many names, Anjali Mudra, Hrdayanjali Mudra, Atmanjali Mudra, Pranamasana, Prayer Position, Namaste…

We will use the common Anjali Mudra for the rest of this post

Anjali (ON-jol-ly) means offering, salutation, to honor or celebrate.

How to:

Bring your hands together in Prayer Position at Heart’s Center:
Line up your hands and fingers, fingers are pointing up.
Press your hands together gently and evenly.
Bow head slightly

Hands represent action.  You can bring your Anjali Mudra to the center of the chest, Heart Chakra (thumbs resting against the sternum), the Heart represents emotion.  You can bring your prayer position hands to your forehead, Brow Chakra (thumbs resting against the third eye) the Head represents intellect. You can also bring your hands to your Crown Chakra (above the head).

Prayer Position symbolizes unity.  You are connecting the right and left hemispheres of your brain and are bringing all things into balance.  You become Centered.

Anjali Mudra is often used as a greeting and shows respect. This mudra is regularly used used with the word Namaste. The Anjali Mudra means much more than hello and goodbye.  It honors both the practitioner and recipient.

Uses and Benefits:

Helps Center
Shows Respect
Helps achieve a meditative state
Brings Focus
Helps alleviate Stress and anxiety
Brings a sense of humility
Stimulates the Heart Chakra (if hands are at heart center)
Stimulates the Third Eye (if hands are brought to the brow)

Asanas where the Anjali Mudra is commonly used:
The salutation Seal can really be used in any posture or seated Meditation, but you can find hands in Prayer Position regularly in:

Tadasana (Mountain Pose)
Vrkasana (Tree Pose)
Malasana (Garland Pose)
Matsyasana (Fish Pose)
Hanumanasana (Monkey Pose)
Anjaneyasana (Crescent Lunge)
Virabhadrasana I (Warrior I)

Try using Anjali Mudra during centering at the beginning of your Yoga Practice.

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Easy Self Guided Bareh Count Down Meditation

November 8, 2011

Bareh (बारह) is 12 in Hindi .

This is a great relaxation technique to do when ever you are stressed.  It’s perfect for unwinding after a long day.  It can help keep anger in check (think counting to ten).  It’s a perfect meditation to do when you can’t sleep (think counting sheep).

Come to a comfortable seated pose or corpse pose
Settle in, close your eyes and begin to take a few slow deep breaths.
When you are ready to begin…

  • Take a long slow deep breath in,
  • as you exhale, relax and release mentally say 12.
  • Inhale once again,
  • as you exhale, relax and release a little bit further,  mentally say 11.

Continue on in this way slowly counting backwards, relaxing and releasing with each breath out.

If you find that you reach zero and your mind or body are still racing, begin again at 12.

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‘Let Go’ Meditation

October 7, 2011

Come to a comfortable seated position.  Settle in, close your eyes, and begin to take a few slow full deep breaths.

Concentrate on something you want to release from  your life:

Pain, Anger, Jealousy, Irritation…..

Inhale and say to yourself  “Let”

Exhale and repeat “Go”

Inhale “Let,”  Exhale “Go”

Continue for a 3-5 minutes.
Smile.

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Mandala Coloring Meditation 3

September 29, 2011

Mandala is Sanskrit, loosely translated to mean circle.
Mandala Meditation is a powerful, cathartic technique that creates a circle of energy for natural centering.  After coloring your Mandala, meditate on it’s center

Posture:  Sit straight in Easy Pose. Hands are resting on the knees.
Eyes:  Eyes are open and meditating on the center of the Mandala picture.
Time: Start with 5 Min and progress for longer periods over time
To End:  Inhale deeply, exhale and relax.

Mantra:
Har Har Har Har Gobinday, Har Har Har Har Mukanday, Har Har Har Har Udaaray, Har Har Har Har Apaaray, Har Har Har Har Hareeang, Har Har Har Har Kareeang, Har Har Har Har Nrinaamay, Har Har Har Har Akaamay.”

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Mandala Coloring Meditation 2

September 26, 2011

Mandala is Sanskrit, loosely translated to mean circle.

Circles are a powerful symbol found in every culture. We see them in halos, prayer wheels, and other religious symbols, architecture, and nature. Mandalas are sacred circles that have been long been used to facilitate meditation in the Indian and Tibetan religions. People create and look at mandalas essentially to center the body and mind.

1. Take a long look at the Mandala, feel it’s good effect.
2. Begin from the middle to release hidden energy.
3. Color from the outside to the centre.
4. Keep the direction you have begun.

 

People who color mandalas often experience a deep sense of calm and well-being. It can be soothing and nourishing. Mandalas  focus your attention and help find your center

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Hip Help with Pigeon Poses

July 22, 2011

Seated Centering

Torso/Hip rolls, press down on knees to anchor sitz bones (each direction)

Rainbow Side Stretch (each side)

Seated Eye of the Needle :  toe stretch and ankle rolls>
Lower legs to > Half Lord of the Fishes Twist (each side)

Table, wag tail, and allow hips to lower towards the floor

Down Dog
Left foot back, drop back knee, hip flexor stretch
Modified lunge, inner thigh stretch (each side)

Rag Doll, roll to mountain

Recenter

Pigeon Flow
*Beginning of sun salutation A to Down Dog…
Down Dog, RIGHT Leg up > 3 leg Down Dog (7 breaths)
Dog at a hydrant  (3 breaths)
Right knee to Half Pigeon  (7 breaths)
Pigeon Cobra  (3 breaths)
Sleeping Pigeon  (7 breaths)
Twisted Pigeon  (3 breaths)
Hands to floor for half pigeon, curl Left toes under and step back to
Down Dog (3-5 breaths)
Step Right foot forward, then left
Lookup with a flat back
Fold Forward
Roll up to Mountain
Repeat from * with LEFT leg up in 3 legged Down Dog

Fig. four balance (forward fold)

Portrait pose legs  :  twist to each side & back bend (each side)

Cobblers Pose  :  Balance

Seated Straddle, Right knee bent, side stretch, backbend
repeat with left knee bent

Forward fold

Roll back to mat

Bridge :
*Eye of needle variation with Right leg up, lower hips
Cross leg twist
Reclining tree
Repeat from *

Full Bridge or wheel

Happy Baby

Inversion of choice

Savasana

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CANDLE MEDITATION FOR EARTH HOUR

March 25, 2011

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.
-Buddha

On Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 8:30 PM, turn off your lights, take a stand against climate change and celebrate Earth Hour.   Together we WILL make the world a better place.

What will you do without lights for an hour? It’s the perfect time for a CANDLE MEDITATION.

Simple Candle Meditation

You need a Quiet Place and a Candle

Create a comfortable area.  You can sit on the floor, a chair or a cushion.  Your candle should be about 2 feet in front of you and at about eye level.

Light the candle

Turn off lights and all distractions (TV, Radio, Phone, Computer…)

Come to a comfortable seated position

Settle in

Set an intention or affirmation for your meditation
Try “World peace feels my soul. Love and protection surrounds the earth.”
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Gaze at the candle flame

Focus on the flame

If your mind starts to wander, make a mental note of the thought or sound or feeling you are experiencing,

Then, bring your attention back to the candle flame

When you are finished, take a moment, focus on your breath and notice how you are feeling.  You may want to journal your thoughts, ideas and feelings that came up during your meditation.

Candle meditation should not be done daily.

 

Deepen your Candle Meditation:

Imagine you are breathing in the light of the candle.

Feel the light of the candle flowing into your body and mind as you gently continue to breathe in and out.

Focus on the flame entering your body with your breath, creating health and wellbeing through your entire body.

As you exhale, imagine anything negative leaving your body with your out breath.

As you mind wanders, just remind yourself to focus on the flame.

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