Breathing. It seems like it should be the most natural bodily function of all, seeing that it’s the first thing we must do, without being taught how, the second we are born.
But then there’s yoga breathing: pranayama. It’s the art of breathing. Taking breathing to the next level. Learning different breathing techniques can add more beneficial oxygen to our bodies, aid in digestion, hone our concentration skills, calm our nerves, and much more.
a guest post by Koshin Ellison
In Awake at the Bedside, pioneers of palliative and end-of-life care as well as doctors, chaplains, caregivers and even poets offer wisdom that will challenge, uplift, comfort—and change the way we think about death. The following is an excerpt from the book.
Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison is a Zen teacher and Co-Founder, with his partner Robert Chodo Campbell, of the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care —the leading organization engaging and integrating contemplative training with caregiving through study, care and meditation. He serves on the faculty of two medical schools, their curriculum is now implemented in thirty-five medical residency programs, and they have trained over 1100 physicians from across the world in contemplative approaches to care of the dying. We sat down with him to talk about his book, Awake at the Bedside.
Going on a yoga retreat is a beautiful opportunity to delve deeper into your yoga practice, take some much needed time to connect to yourself, and add healing treatments like massage or meditation…depending on where you choose to retreat. If you are able to attend a retreat, I highly recommend it; however, if you aren’t able to attend a retreat, why not create your own in three easy steps?
a guest post by Judson Brewer
How to break stress eating habits with mindfulness.
I recently released an app designed to help people quit smoking. While testing it, one woman reported that she’d cut down on her snacking. Cutting down on snacking while quitting smoking…this wasn’t something one usually hears, and it threw me for a loop.
A guest post by Ashley Turner.
Have you always wanted to start meditating, but don’t know how? Or started a meditation practice and quickly fallen off the wagon? It takes a little instruction, but it’s simpler and easier than you may think.
Celebrate National Meditation Month with us! For the next 12 days some of your favorite yogis will share why they practice meditation on Gaiam’s Instagram page.
Join in by sharing with us why you meditate using the hashtag #IMeditateTo. Five lucky winners will be chosen at random to receive new meditation digs.
We are taught to move away from fear—to choose comfort and instantaneous satisfaction over the hard path. And yet, we who meditate are always choosing the hard path.
Brene Brown wrote, “Faith is a place of mystery, where we find the courage to believe in what we cannot see and the strength to let go of our fear of uncertainty.”