Committing to a Daily Meditation Practice {and actually sticking to it}

As a society, we are very good and going all out with New Year’s intentions, but we aren’t that great at following through after the initial excitement and motivation wears off. One of the amazing parts of developing a daily spiritual practice is that the energy we create within that practice carries into other areas of our life as well. Through our practice we train the mind to stay in a state of concentration for longer periods of time and this requires discipline, willpower and the ability to overcome distraction and resistance. When we set a goal for ourselves, like committing to a 40-day meditation practice, we are developing skills that make us a better human. So, how do we start? Set

Prepare for Deeper Meditation with Intuitive Asana

You may notice that some days your meditation feels deep and nourishing and some days it feels so hard to sit still, let alone focus the mind. The truth is that every day we come to our practice with a different body and a different mind. One of the best ways to prepare yourself for a better meditation is to move your body—this is especially important if you sit at a desk for most of the day. To tune the needs of your body I love to teach what I call Intuitive Asana—a guide to exploring pre-meditation movements. Intuitive Asana Center yourself by following the breath up and down the spine. Inhale awareness from the base of the spine to the top of your head. Exhale awareness back down to tail

Choosing Your Meditation Technique

Out of all of the techniques you can use as a means to focus the mind, there are 4 categories of practice that I will outline for you. #1 Trataka Trataka is the practice of focusing your gaze (drishti) on a fixed point. The most common form of trataka uses a candle as the focal point, but you can also use yantra, mandala, or any sacred object. Trataka can increase intuition, clear your perception of the outside world, and you can actually heal your eyesight with continued use of this technique. Try it! NOTE: Remove contacts and glasses for this practice Option 1: Gaze down the tip of your nose at the candle flame UNBLINKING. Keep eyes open. Let the eyes water and cleanse. 2-15 minutes. Clo

The Rich History & Purpose of Meditation

Much of what we know about yoga comes from an ancient text called the Yoga Sutras written by Patanjali over 2000 years ago. In the first 4 sutras, we learn that yoga is the practice of controlling the mind so that we may know ourselves as the seer, the witness, instead of identifying as the roaming tendencies of the mind. When we are mis-identifying we get caught up in our own unconscious reactions, insecurities, and egoic stories. Basically, we are NOT in control. When something “good” happens we feel good, when something “bad” happens, we feel bad. We are identifying with our own actions, reactions, thoughts, and emotions—we are a slave to this endless roller coaster. The cure for this mis

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