This is a simple practice to steady the mind and nervous system. It combines seated meditation with simple yoga-based breath control and movements in a seated position. The breath control and movements help focus and stabilize the attention, which tends to produce states of spaciousness, quiet mind, relaxation and well-being. Stress responses in the nervous system are reduced. The chattering mind tends to grow quiet, which is often hard to achieve in traditional meditation with the focus on the natural breath.
Meditation helps us gain more control of the mind, so we can use the mind, rather than being dragged around by it in an unhelpful way. It also gives us tools to work with challenging thoughts and emotions. Here’s a talk on how it can help.
This simple mindfulness practice is guided to help focus the attention and quiet the thinking mind. No need to look like the Buddha statue. Come as you are!
This is an online guided meditation for overall self-regulation. Intended to be practiced in a simple seated position, it guides the viewer to cultivate balance and stability in the physical body, breath and attention. Unlike yoga for exercise, this is the ‘internal’ yoga, intended to deepen one’s sense of comfort, confidence and self-mastery of body and mind.
This online guided meditation of Alternate Nostril Breath may sound bizarre at first. In fact it’s great for those of us who sometimes struggle with simple breath meditation because of how distracting thoughts can be for those newer to meditation. This deceptively simple technique can be powerfully grounding and centering. It gives the thinking mind a simple task to attend to, allowing the observing mind to concentrate more easily.
This guided practice of yogic breath holds, called Kumbhak, is a great in-body way to build resilience and tolerance of uncomfortable feelings and sensations. The practitioner learns to hang out with the need for breath, and stretches the possible comfort zone. Many people find this translates into greater ease with other forms of challenge, with strong emotions, stress, impulses, feelings of uncertainty, or vulnerability. CAUTION: If you have any medical concerns, especially high blood pressure or recent abdominal surgery, consult your physician before practicing this, and consider practicing with less intensity. If you are well and willing, go for it- play with your edge. Be mindful that for some it can disrupt sleep because of the energy it stirs up.
The largest yoga and holistic health center in the U.S., located in Western Massachusetts. Yoga classes focused on personal transformation and radiant health. Holistic health treatments, massage and wellness teaching.
Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts. The center offers silent residential meditation retreats with world-class teachers. The website offers downloadable talks on meditation and Buddhism.
Lucie Kasova is a Cambridge-based Kripalu yoga and meditation teacher who offers group and private lessons. For anyone wanting to be more at home in the body through these wisdom traditions, she is a steady, mature and inspiring mentor.
A local yoga teacher offering instruction in Kripalu Yoga, the yoga of personal transformation and overall wellness. Great for improving one’s relationship with the body, and working on emotional issues through the physical practice of yoga.
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Yoga and the Quest for the True Self by Stephen Cope
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The Wise Heart by Jack Kornfield
Warm, humorous guide to Buddhist Psychology and how to apply it in our lives.
Peace is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh
Simple teachings on how to live a more skillful and peaceful life by training the mind to be more focused. Basic help for attentional difficulties that are sometimes medicalized, diagnosed and medicated as ADD/ADHD.