To go along with our spring cleaning theme, here is a breathing exercise and meditation to introduce clarity into a whirling mind. This guided audio includes the Nadi Suddhi breathing exercise, also called alternate nostril breathing. Nadi Suddhi is excellent for calming and balancing the nervous system. We use a gesture (or mudra) called Vishnu Mudra. You'll find a picture of this mudra below. Bend your index and middle finger into your palm, keeping your thumb, ring finger and pinky extended. If Vishnu Mudra doesn't work for you, just use your thumb and index finger instead. Let go of mental clutter and enjoy your enhanced clarity!
This short meditation for kids is very relaxing. It's great to do before bed, before school, or anytime you just need a break! Find a comfy place, close your eyes, and get ready to relax...
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Autumn is around the corner! Even if we're not in the "Back to School" crowd, the approach of Labor Day has us all wrapping up summer projects and launching into the fall. It's easy to lose step with practices that support our well-being. Whenever I feel overwhelmed by my responsibilities, I tend to have a harder time convincing myself to meditate. I find guided relaxations are a great way to jump-start my practice when I'm struggling to motivate myself.
I hope you enjoy this relaxation, called Yoga Nidra in the Integral Hatha Yoga lineage. You can practice it in a chair or lying down. We start with a progressive muscle relaxation. Then, observe our body, breath and mind in its natural, relaxed state.
As we move into the autumn, change is right before our eyes. Some parts of this change are exquisitely beautiful and pleasurable: the vivid colors, the fresh, cool air, cozy sweaters and hot apple cider. Others can leave us mourning the end of summer and dreading the coming of the dark and cold weather ahead. However, seasonal change can be an opportunity for us to breathe through the changes that are constantly happening in our lives. To accept whatever is and whatever will be. When we can accept that change is a constant in our life, we open to peace. We open to the very core of ourselves, which never changes.
I hope you enjoy this meditation on change.
After a special request from one of my beautiful students, here is the famous Light in My Heart Relaxation, which I learned from my teacher, Sonia Sumar. I hope with this relaxation, you can witness the pure light within your own heart and within the hearts of others.
Short on time? Here is a five minute meditation for you to enjoy and share. You can easily fit this Raja Yoga practice in before breakfast, bedtime, or on your commute on public transportation.
This is a short guided meditation, focusing on the breath. I created this meditation for anyone who is short on time or would like to start meditating. It takes less than ten minutes, so you can use it to start your day, end your day, or as a short break.
This is a Raja Yoga post, where we offer you practical exercises and meditations. We hope to provide easy ways to fit yogic practices into your day. Look for more audio and videos in the future! Which Raja Yoga practices do you want to study first? Meditation? Yoga poses? Breathing exercises?
Erin Haddock is the director of Five Keys Yoga, LLC.