A Contemplation on Meditation

One evening, my daughter told the rest of us that she wanted to teach us an activity she’d worked on in yoga class at school. She sat us on the floor and handed each of us a cherry tomato. She instructed us to hold them, to really feel what the tomatoes felt like in our hands. Next, she told us to close our eyes and put the tomatoes in our mouths, WITHOUT CHEWING THEM UP. (She made that part very clear.) “Just sit and concentrate on how the tomato feels to your mouth.” After awhile (I think she was counting between instructions), she allowed us to chew the tomatoes, but very, very slowly, taking the time to really think about how they tasted.

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Pose of the Week - Corpse

Sanskrit: Savasana

English: Corpse, Relaxation, Do Nothing

Benefits: Lowers blood pressure, Reduces headaches, Relieves stress

Variations: Use props such as eye pillows, blankets, sand bags on thighs and/or essential oils for ultimate comfort.

How to: Lie down on your back and close your eyes.  Relax your entire body and leave worries behind. 

Breathing Disorders

My earliest memory of being a total stressball happened the summer before 6th grade. It was that awkward time in my life where I had to wear training bras and my family had just returned from the happiest place on earth, DisneyWorld. Because puberty wasn't going to be enough to test my coping skills my parents also decided to throw their divorce into the mix. I was pissed.  With my tense shoulders I started a rebellious stage that would last for years (okay still working on it decades later).

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The 8 Limbs of Yoga

When many people think of yoga, they think of poses, or asanas. While we confess to being suckers for pics of little yogis rocking these poses (and no worries - you’ll find plenty of that here), we want to share the full yogic experience. There are actually eight limbs of yoga, laid out for us over 2,000 years ago in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra. The most commonly known limb is Asana, the poses that promote physical health, strength and flexibility. Here’s a quick hit of the other facets of a deep (dare we say “true”?) yoga practice and their descriptions.

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