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What does meditation have to do with yoga?

It’s been busy for me; I just returned from Paris after taking an in-depth yoga workshop and I am preparing to go to Zurich in early July for another one. Amidst all this high-level yoga, I got a question that brought me back to the foundations of yoga : What does meditation have to do with yoga? Or, better, what does yoga have to do with meditation?

Watch my video below to find out! (Sorry about the leave; my balcony is overflowing with growing plants right now.)

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ACTION STEP: Decide if you’d like your yoga practice to be more than just good health, good muscles, and good bones. It is totally ok if that is all you want from yoga. But if you want your practice to include the mental benefits I described in the video, consider including meditation in your practice.

For extra credit, check out this cute illustrated guide to why meditation is good for you (link no longer works as of June 9, 2012) –the first one about being chilled out and happier works for me!

In the comments, share what you want from yoga.

If you’ve got any questions about yoga, meditation, healthy living, let me know and I’ll answer you in next Thursday’s Q and A video.

xoxo,

Bettina

Something I’m a little afraid of…

Something different for today…

Something that I’m a little afraid of that another yoga teacher kinda challenged me to do.

Watch the video below to find out what:

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ACTION STEP: Give me your feedback right now either via email or comment straight below. And think about the feedback you get in your life and in yoga class. How are you going to apply that to change your life for the better?

You can listen to Elena Brower speak about finding love in yoga teaching. From the homepage, scroll down and click on “Daily Call Schedule,” and then scroll down to click on “Past Calls Here.” On this page you’ll find a link to the recording–at last! On the same page are many great interviews with yoga teachers all over the world. But they won’t stay up forever, so listen to them now.

Until next Thursday’s video!

xoxo,

Bettina

Want to know how to have a FIERCE meditation practice?

Have you heard about the benefits of meditation but don’t know where to start?

Check out my video below to know my simple do-anywhere meditation prescription as well as the mindset to have that will make it easier on you to keep meditating.

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ACTION STEP: Meditate right now! Yes, right after you finish reading this sentence. I meant, the last sentence. Stop reading now and count one hundred of your breaths. Don’t come back until you’re done.

***For further study, listen to Mark Whitwell’s interview where he shares his 5 principles. From the homepage, scroll down and click on “Daily Call Schedule,” and then scroll down to click on “Past Calls Here.” On this page you’ll find a link to the recording–at last! On the same page are many great interviews with yoga teachers all over the world. But they won’t stay up forever, so listen to them NOW.***

In the comments below, tell me how you feel now after meditating. Notice any difference between now and before?

If you’ve got any questions about yoga, meditation, healthy living, let me know and I’ll answer you in next Thursday’s Q and A video.

xoxo,

Bettina

3 Tips for Practicing at Home as a Beginner

Are you starting out with yoga and looking to practice at home?

As a teacher whose specialty is beginner yoga, I have some tips to offer you as well as telling you what’s safe to do at home.

Watch my video below to find out.

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ACTION STEP: Practice one round of sun salutation A or B at home. You may think one round of sun salutation doesn’t sound like much, but you can continue from there if you want. But I only ask that you do one. If you feel moved to continue afterward, so much the better!

In the comments below, tell me the single most powerful insight you gleaned from this video and how you’ll implement it in your life.

If you want my personal guidance, come to the first class of my next beginners’ yoga series on Monday, June 6. Register now to be one of the six in my exclusive series. Only 4 spots left as of today!

As always, if you’ve got any questions about yoga, yoga nidra, or meditation, let me know and I’ll answer you in next Thursday’s Q and A video.

xoxo,

Bettina

Do you know why yoga can be like fruit?

Are you wondering what style of yoga you should learn?

One of my friends who doesn’t know much about yoga asked me the same question yesterday. I told him that it’s a lot like fruit!

Check out my video below to know more.

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ACTION STEP: Pick a class to go to, any class, and share your observations of the class’ effects on your body in the comments below.

If you want to try my class, you’ll have to wait until Monday, June 6, when my next beginners’ yoga series starts. Register now to be one of the six in my exclusive series!

If you’ve got any questions about yoga, yoga nidra, or meditation, let me know and I’ll answer you in next Thursday’s Q and A video.

xoxo,

Bettina

Want to know how to breathe in yoga?

To answer one of my beginner students’ questions about breathing, I made this fun little video to tell you about the two most important things about breathing in yoga.

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ACTION STEP: Next time in yoga, observe your breath and notice when it’s shallow or fast or when you’re not breathing at all!

If you’ve got any questions about yoga, yoga nidra, or meditation, let me know and I’ll answer you in next Thursday’s Q and A.

xoxo,

Bettina

Follow up on how to deal with pain in yoga…or, rather, how NOT to deal

To continue my Q & A series on yoga, meditation, and wellness, I am following up on last week’s video about what to do about pain.

Watch this week’s video and learn how last week’s strategy ties into one of the tenets of yogic philosophy.

 

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ACTION STEP: Next time in yoga, try to find at least one posture in which you can practice ahimsa.

If you’ve got any questions about love, life or yoga, let me know and I’ll answer you in next Thursday’s Q and A.

xoxo,

Bettina

What to do when something hurts in yoga…or in life

 
I’m starting a new Q & A series, so every Thursday I’ll answer a question from my students or readers about yoga, meditation, and wellness.

Since I’m starting a new beginners’ class next week, here’s my advice to you when something hurts in yoga…but, now that I think about it, it applies to life in general.

Watch this video and learn what I mean and how you can put this strategy into  your practice right now.

SUN ALERT: You’ll also see the view from my balcony.

 

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BONUS POINTS: If you’ve got any questions, let me know and I’ll choose one to answer next week.

xoxo,

Bettina