Videos and Other Resources

Videos and Other Resources 2017-10-19T17:20:01+00:00

Guided Meditation Videos

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.

Links

www.Kripalu.org

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.

www.traumacenter.org

Comprehensive trauma treatment center in Brookline, Massachusetts. Website publishes cutting-edge research on holistic and other treatments for trauma.

www.cambridgeinsight.org

Cambridge Insight Meditation Center offers instruction in mindfulness meditation, meditation retreats, and a community of people practicing mindfulness.

www.dharma.org

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.

www.slaafws.org

Non-profit service providing information on resources for recovery from sexually-addictive behaviors, including 12-step meeting lists nation/worldwide.

www.al-anonfamilygroups.org

Non-profit service providing information on recovery for family members effected by alcohol and other addictions, including 12-step meetings lists for the U.S. and Canada.

www.aaboston.org

Non-profit service providing information on recovery from alcohol dependence, including 12-step meeting lists in Massachusetts.

luckymeyoga.com

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.

www.baresoleyoga.com

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.

Books

Full Catastrophe Living  by Jon Kabat-Zinn

The landmark book for bringing mindfulness meditation into daily life to reduce stress and cope with emotional and physical pain, written in simple language.

Yoga and the Quest for the True Self  by Stephen Cope

Stories of how yoga can create personal transformation and help us live in alignment with our deepest values. It is also the story of the Kripalu Yoga lineage.

Kripalu Yoga  by Richard Faulds

The handbook for Kripalu Yoga, overviewing all aspects of practicing the yoga of transformation.

Codependent No More  by Melody Beattie

A basic guide to understanding and releasing codependency, the pattern of neglecting our own needs while feeling compelled to please others.

Out of the Shadows  by Patrick Carnes

A comprehensive guide to understanding sexually compulsive and destructive behaviors.

The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching  by Thich Nhat Hanh

A guide to the basics of Buddhist psychology, and how to transform suffering into wisdom about life.

A Gentle Path Through the Twelve Steps  by Patrick Carnes

A simple, practical guide on how to apply the 12 step process for healing.

The Drama of the Gifted Child  by Alice Miller

How parental neglect can create damaging dilemmas for children.

Healing Your Aloneness  by Erika Chopich and Margaret Paul

A guide to healing the pain of neglect and abuse of childhood, using the Inner Child model.

Peaceful Mind  by Mcquaid and Carmona

Using mindfulness and other therapy techniques to work with depression and other life-limiting patterns.

The Happiness Trap  by Russ Harris

A simple, readable guide to Acceptance Commitment Therapy, which is a simple, practical set of teachings for ending the struggle with difficult emotions and how they can block us from living a full life. Don’t be fooled by the mainstream ‘self-help’ packaging of this book- the teachings are great- basically applied Buddhist psychology aimed at emotional difficulty.

Go In and In  by Dana Faulds

Poems about the awakening and spirituality one yoga teacher encounters on the life path of yoga.

The Power of Now  by Eckhart Tolle

Tolle obsessively focuses on the habits of the mind that pull us out of the present moment, which, he points out, is the only time we actually get to live. Although some of his statements about achieving permanent freedom from struggle are over the top, this book is a valuable resource for seeing how the mind works. He has a gift for simple, clear language to illustrate subtle concepts about how we inadvertently add suffering to our lives.

When Things Fall Apart  and The Places That Scare You  by Pema Chodron

Brief, inspirational books on facing difficult circumstances with more grace and less fear. And, learning to let the fear be there, and not be controlled by it.

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.