meditation

Get Stressed. Eat. Repeat.

by guest | June 30th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, meditation | tags: meditation, mindful, mindful exercise, mindfully, mindfulness, mindfulness practice, personal goals, Personal Growth, practicing mindfulness, tips

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.

10 Tips to Start a Meditation Practice

by guest | May 17th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: meditation | tags: Beginner's Mind, beginners, breath, breath-work, breathe, breathing, fitness tips, meditation, meditation for beginners, meditation for dummies, meditation practice, quality of breath, tips

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.

#IMeditateTo Campaign

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | May 16th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: meditation | tags: contest, instagram, May, meditate, meditation

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.

Date:

  • May 16th-27th

3 Ways To Meditate Fear Away

Arielle Parris by Arielle Parris | May 11th, 2016 | 1 Comment
topic: meditation | tags: benefits of meditation, health benefits, how to meditate, inner peace, meditate, meditating, meditation, meditation chair, meditation for beginners, meditation practice, peace, peace of mind

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.”

7 Things Mindful People Do Differently and How To Get Started

by guest | May 9th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Personal Growth, meditation | tags: compassion, compassionate, forgive, forgiveness, meditation, meditation practice, mindful, mindful eating, mindful walking, Mindfullness, mindfully, mindfulness, mindfulness practice, self-compassion, self-love, vulnerability, vulnerable

A guest post by Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

The intention of being more present in our lives is continuing to grow and touch an increasing amount of people. I have friends who I never would have imagined practicing mindfulness who now sit in daily meditation. When I look at the Seattle Seahawks, think of our military veterans or politicians sitting in the “Quiet Caucus” room, I’m filled with a whole lot of hope. An increasing amount of apps like Meditation Studio are offering us simple paths to practicing anywhere, anytime. I’ll be launching a 6-month Course in Mindful Living soon where people will not only have the space and time to deeply integrate mindfulness into their lives, but get support in ways that haven’t been possible before. In creating A Course in Mindful Living, I’ve based it on 7 things I see mindful people do differently.

7 Mindful Things You Can Do Today

by guest | May 2nd, 2016 | No Comments
topic: meditation | tags: benefits of meditation, meditate, meditation, meditation for beginners, meditation practice, mindful eating, mindful exercise, mindful walking, mindfully, mindfulness, mindfulness practice, practicing mindfulness, relax, relaxation, tips

A guest post by Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

When people practice mindfulness they say things like, it makes me calm, it softens my body, it helps me be more aware of choice or I seem to be more clear about what matters. The question I love to follow with is, “what would the days, weeks and months ahead be like if there is more of this in your life?”

4 Ways Meditation Improves Relationships

by guest | April 18th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: meditation | tags: conscious-relationship, grateful, gratefulness, how to meditate, manage stress, meditate, meditating, meditation, Relationships, stress-relief, tips

Guest blog by Emma Seppälä.

We’ve heard that meditation can help with so many things, from focus to sleep. But it also has another tremendously valuable added benefit: it improves our relationships. You may wonder how a seated and isolated activity—after all, even if you’re meditating in a group, you’re not talking to anyone—can help improve your social skills and relationship prowess, but research shows it does. Here’s how.

Overcoming the Fear of Yoga

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | April 8th, 2016 | 2 Comments
topic: Yoga | tags: benefits of yoga, compare, flexibility, flexible, meditation, quiet mind, Yoga, yoga class, yoga classes, yoga-for-beginners, yoga-practice, yoga_positions

On a regular basis, I have people tell me all of the reasons they don’t do yoga: they aren’t flexible enough, they feel awkward compared to others in class, they can’t quiet their mind, they aren’t fit…the list goes on and on, filled with fear and uncertainty. While it makes me sad that so many people are holding themselves back from experiencing the transformative beauty of yoga, I am also happy that so many people are sharing these thoughts with me because in sharing they are looking for answers.

Into the Pool

Laura Hobbs by Laura Hobbs | February 2nd, 2016 | 3 Comments
topic: Personal Growth, meditation | tags: breathe, focus, happiness, hard to meditate, how to meditate, life changes, meditate, meditation, meditation for beginners, meditation space, Personal Growth

It’s mid-morning and I’ve just finished a client’s photo edits. Light pours into our living room through south-facing windows, tiny dust particles dancing and defying gravity in the rays. I place my meditation cushion in the center of the rug, my brass singing bowl sitting off to the side. I turn my phone’s ringer off and set my timer for 20 minutes. With one swift tap of the velvet-covered stick, the singing bowl chimes a long, unwavering sound that slowly fades. I close my eyes, inhale through my nose, and exhale through my mouth. “Hello,” I say.

4 Apps to Help You Find Your Zen

Elizabeth Wellington by Elizabeth Wellington | January 13th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: meditation | tags: apple, Apple computer, gaiam, Gaiam Life, how to quiet your mind while meditating, meditation, meditation for beginners, meditation for dummies, meditation practice, meditation space, mobile apps, smartphone apps

Photo of Meditation Studio app teacher, Koshin Ellison.

When I imagine peace, I think of a relaxing abode in a natural setting—no deadlines, grocery shopping, or distracting smartphones. Unfortunately, most of us don’t have the advantage of an ashram or even a beach cottage to sink into our bodies and reconnect with our deeper selves.