Seven ways to start meditating

Article Featured on The Guardian | By Amy Sedghi

Whether streaming via an app or finding some solace on the train, embracing meditation doesn’t have to be complicated.

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How To Apply Yoga And Meditation Practices To Your Everyday Life

by Sasha Nelson | Article Featured on Be Well

We all have our favorite rituals, practices, and activities that connect us to ourselves — and, as a result, connect us to one another. Whether stemming from culture, family traditions, or learned behavior from surroundings, it is safe to say that everyone has some type of mindful activity that helps them feel tapped in.

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Yoga and meditation are on the rise in the U.S.

Article By Sallie Jimenez | Article Featured on Nurse.com

As mindfulness and complementary health techniques become more mainstream, more Americans are adding yoga and meditation to their wellness routines.

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The Tyranny of Relentless Positivity

We are caught up in a rigid culture that values relentless positivity over emotional agility, true resilience, and thriving, says Susan David, Ph.D., a Psychologist on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and author of the book Emotional Agility. And when we push aside difficult emotions in order to embrace false positivity, we lose our capacity to develop deep skills to help us deal with the world as it is, not as we wish it to be. In this TED Talk, Dr. David explores why tough emotions are essential for living a life of true meaning and, yes, even happiness.

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Changes in Stress After Meditation

Article Featured on ScienceDaily

For a thousand years, people have reported feeling better by meditating but there has never been a systematic study that quantified stress and how much stress changes as a direct result of meditation until now.

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Yoga for anxiety: Even 10 minutes of daily practice can help transform your life

Original Article By Amy Wright Glenn

Earlier this year, Harvard Medical School published an updated reflection on Yoga for Anxiety and Depression. It was noted that nearly 8 percent of American adults had “tried yoga at least once” and around 4 percent had practiced yoga in the last year. Most importantly however, the report summarized studies that focus on how yoga modulates our pain/stress response systems. This is a good thing. Because “the scientific study of yoga demonstrates that mental and physical health are not just closely allied, but are essentially equivalent.”

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Practice Mindfulness In Yoga Poses

For a sense of ease that can permeate your whole life, try practicing mindfulness meditation techniques on the mat.

By: NORA ISAACS Original Article

You’re standing in Virabhadrasana I (Warrior Pose I). You actively reach through your back foot and allow your tailbone to descend away from your lower back as your arms reach up toward the ceiling. As you hold the pose you start to notice your front thigh burning, your shoulders holding tension, and your breath becoming labored. Still holding. Soon you get agitated and start to anticipate the joy you’ll feel when the pose is over. […]

Looking To Boost Brain Power? Try This 10-Minute Trick

By Darcy McDonough

Original Article

You probably already know about the myriad health benefits associated with a daily mindfulness practice. Meditation has been credited with everything from stress relief to weight loss and even increasing longevity. But finding the time and patience to actually implement a regular meditation practice can be intimidating. Who has 10—or even five—extra minutes in their busy schedule to just sit down and be? And when you actually do try it out, you might feel like you aren’t getting anything out of it.

Not to worry, though: Turns out, you can reap the brain-boosting benefits […]

The Simple Trick That Transformed My Meditation Practice

Article by LUCINDA STANILAND | Featured on The Yoga Lunch Box

I’m a perfectionist. I love getting things exactly right. So when I got interested in meditation, I had a lot of questions about how I should be doing it: How long should I meditate for? Eyes open or closed? Should I focus on the breath or chant a mantra? Visualise chakras or empty my mind completely? I tried all these things. But somehow, no matter what I did, I felt like I was never quite getting it right.

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Mindfulness Meditation May Ease Anxiety, Mental Stress

Article By Julie Corliss | Featured on Harvard Health

My mom began meditating decades ago, long before the mind-calming practice had entered the wider public consciousness. Today, at age 81, she still goes to a weekly meditation group and quotes Thich Nhat Hanh, a Zen Buddhist monk known for his practice of mindful meditation, or “present-focused awareness.”

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