All posts filed under: Mindfulness

Kundalini Yoga for Physical Vitality

An uplifting blend of spiritual and physical practices, Kundalini Yoga incorporates movement, dynamic breathing techniques, meditation, and the chanting of mantras, such as Sat Nam, meaning “truth is my identity.” The goal is to build physical vitality and increase consciousness. Yoga Journal Kundalini yoga is a blend of Bhakti Yoga and Raja Yoga and Shakti yoga. Each of these yoga techniques involves chanting, mediation/mental and physical control, and expression of power and energy. The term Kundalini means “a spiritual energy or life force located at the base of the spine,” which is usually conceptualized as a coiled-up serpent. These days Kundalini yoga is a synthesis of many traditions, and the kriyas and meditations in Kundalini Yoga are designed to raise complete body awareness to prepare the body, nervous system, and mind to handle the energy of Kundalini rising. Many of the physical postures are designed to activate the navel, spine, and focal points of pressurization on meridians (energy points). Through breath work (pranayama) and the application of yogic locks of energy (bandhas), the release, direction, and control of the flow of Kundalini energy …

4 Benefits of Downward-Facing Dog

When I think of yoga the first thing that comes in mind is a downward-facing dog pose, or Adho Mukha Svanasana. Any form of yoga would have this pose incorporated, which benefits your entire mind and body. It aids in fending off certain ailments and gives you an emotional boost when practiced daily. … so grab a high quality yoga mat  and give it a try! See how Downward-Facing Dog Pose can benefit you below. Strengthens the Spine You are using gravity to challenge your core and back as you round your spine back and fourth in a gentle flow between Downward-Facing Dog and Upward-Facing Dog. This also helps to re-align your spine in a natural way. Strengthens the Arms This flow between Downward-Facing Dog and Upward-Facing Dog requires highly controlled movements and breathing, thus strengthening the the shoulder and arms. If you can bring your attention to really pressing your hands into your mat, and rolling your biceps away from your ears, you will get awesome muscular engagement throughout your whole arm, which in turn …

“Happiness is an inside job”

Happiness is a skill and practice. Happier people do not have easier lives, with less hard work, grief, divorce, or financial strain than the rest of us. They’re simply more grateful for what they have and choose to be conscious of their contentment more often. Santosha, a Yoga Philosophy Rebecca Pacheco, Health.com To be honest, I was inspired to start doing yoga because of how impressive, graceful, and fun the poses look. But I got more than what I expected from the classes that I attended over the years. I was mentally and physically challenged to step out of my comfort zone. To get into a headstand, a crow, or a challenging arm balancing pose, I learned to adopt a positive attitude in order to break the mental barrier that was built by fear and self-doubt. The learning process, attention level, and attitude of the pose had a positive compounding effect on other aspects of my life. I learned to be optimistic and positive regardless of what goes on externally, and I found happiness and …

Meditation for Healing Broken Hearts

If you have experienced a trauma in your life – having loss of a loved one, or been in an abusive relationship, or been broken up by someone, etc – this guided meditation will help guide you through the process of healing. It’s difficult to not focus on the negative thoughts and feelings, but you don’t need to try to escape from them. This 40-minute guided meditation helps you to gain a better outlook as you find acceptance, inner peace and happiness. To fully benefit from the process, find a quiet place and a comfortable position to meditate and be sure to listen with headphones on. For Broken Hearted people. A Guided Meditation for Healing Broken Hearts, removing negative attachments & removing energetic attachments/etheric cords. Guiding you into visualization & mental exercises to help diminish the emotional charge that you feel when you are broken hearted or can’t move forward in your life while you feel held back by the loss of a relationship that has ended Lina Grace We recommend that you give yourself …

First Things First – Love Yourself.

“Like a lit candle can light another candle, only one who has, can give. One who is love can kindle the love” Sri Sri. From personal experience, I became happier and more fulfilled over the years by cultivating love, happiness, and fulfillment from within. More importantly, I learned to focus on myself instead of others. As I shift focus toward myself I am placing the state of my happiness inside the palms of my hands. Disregards of the external circumstances, I will always choose optimism and positivity. This is the attitude that made me successful in my career and feel fulfilled and happy everyday, no matter what goes wrong or right. Indeed, this is how you love yourself in addition to eating healthy and staying physically active. How I learned to cultivate love, happiness, and fulfillment from within is through a daily meditation routine before bed and first thing in the morning. Meditation guides me towards self-awareness to gain a deeper sense of who I am, what makes me happy, and how I must change …

10-Minute Meditation for a Productive Day

Meditation brings many benefits: It refreshes us, helps us settle into what’s happening now, makes us wiser and gentler, helps us cope in a world that overloads us with information and communication, and more. But if you’re still looking for a business case to justify spending time meditating, try this one: Meditation makes you more productive. How? By increasing your capacity to resist distracting urges. Peter Bregman, Harvard Business Review Research has shown that the ability to resist urges and temptations will improve your relationships, decision making, and performance. One of the teachings of Meditation is to to learn how to resist impulses and delay gratification until you have achieved your goals for work, personal development, relationships, or anything. You do so by becoming more aware of your intentions, thoughts and self through a series of breathing techniques and mantras. By shifting your focus to your breathing and be present with the moment, you are distracted from external stress factors and the urge for activities that would hinder your productivity and long-term success. This quick …

Yoga Helps Depression

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), about 350 million people suffer from depression around the world, and it is the leading cause of disability. TIME Magazine reported a study that concluded yoga can help those struggling with depression by bringing balance to the autonomic nervous system with deep breathing exercises. Thus, a balance autonomic nervous system leads to better brain functions. Some people who haven’t responded to traditional treatments might do well with yoga, because unlike antidepressant drugs, yoga and deep breathing target the autonomic nervous system, Streeter says. “If your autonomic nervous system is balanced out, then the rest of the brain works better,” she says. Research shows that 40% of people on antidepressants do not recover fully from depression, says Streeter, which puts them at increased risk for a relapse. “Getting that 40% all the way better is a really important goal. Instead of adding another drug, I would argue that yoga is another thing you can add to the treatment regimen that might help.” TIME Try these guided practices to ease your …