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Articles tagged “video”

Best Way to Prepare Your Mind & Body for Fall

Sad that summer’s leaving? Or has already left? Greet autumn with your mind & body ready for the colder, dryer weather and the shorter days.

To learn my two-step process to prepare your mind & body for fall, watch my video below.

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ACTION STEP: How many days are you committing to slowing down and taking care of yourself to transition to fall in the best way possible? Decide on anywhere between 3 and 7 days, and write those days down on your schedule. Make some time for detox during these days by saying “no” to some activities. This way, you won’t miss your date with optimizing your health.

Be sure to check in next Tuesday for specific steps you can take to detox for fall.

Until then, 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

Why do we only breathe through the nose? A breathing exercise for relaxation and letting go

Most people know that in yoga we recommend only breathing through the nose. But that’s not true all of the time.

Watch my video below to learn a very simple breathing exercise that helps you let go of stress and stale air in your body by breathing out through the mouth.

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ACTION STEP: Try this breathing technique the next time you transition from a stressful situation–maybe when you get off work? Or during your lunch break?

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

How to Heal Heartbreak with Yoga

For anybody and everybody who’s ever had to go through a break-up, yoga can help. Heartbreak is the price of finding love, so don’t let it close your heart to the world.

Watch my video below to find out the one yoga pose I recommend for heartbreak as well as the greater connections yoga can make for you in your life.

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ACTION STEP: If you know someone who would appreciate this video, send them a link to it.

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

xoxo,

Bettina

6 Easy Things to Transform Your Life

As my birthday present to you, I tell you how to transform your life for the better in six easy ways.

It’s a little longer than usual, because I talk about the opposite methods for dealing with things that hold you back in your life : either making a plan to prevent them from happening or letting go and indulging in them. Watch the video below to figure out which method works better for you:

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ACTION STEP: Write down the 3 things you’ll do to keep the good things coming and the 3 things you’ll either stop doing or get rid of in your life OR else indulge in for one week.

If you repeat this exercise every week, by my next birthday your life will be transformed for the better. On top of that, you’ll get to know yourself much better.

Let me know which you choose and which one works for you!

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

Is yoga spiritual?

Well, how do you define spiritual?

You know how some people have a life-changing experience? It could be an almost fatal accident or drug-enduced; it could be the birth of a child or a person who makes you finally fall in love. Something about these experiences touches your core, and you see the world differently afterwards. This change in your life does not mean that what happened was spiritual, but you experienced it with all of you as a transcendental experience. So can it be with yoga.

Watch my video below to find out how to make your yoga practice your own experience, whether spiritual or not.

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ACTION STEP: Chew on the idea — what is spirit and spirituality to you?

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 teachings from John Friend, founder of Anusara Yoga

Last weekend I had the honor of practicing yoga with John Friend in Zurich, Switzerland.

Because Zurich was such a great experience, I want to share what I learned with you instead of answering a question for Q&A Thursday–next week, I’ll be back with some A’s to your Q’s.

Watch my video below to hear what I learned:

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Which of the three teachings from John Friend resonated with you the most? Let me know in the comments below.

ACTION STEP: Dedicate your next yoga practice to someone who just doesn’t stop getting on your nerves or someone who invokes your worst self. Let them inspire your practice and see where that takes you.

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

Are you concentrating or are you paying attention?

To expand on last week’s video about “yoga mind” a bit further, do you know the difference between concentration and attention?

Watch my video below to find out how I’ve experienced the difference between concentration and attention in my own practice and as I’ve learned from J. Krishnamurti.

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J. Krishnamurti writes in ‘Life Ahead’ in the book Total Freedom:

Concentration is a process of forcing the mind to narrow down to a point, whereas attention is without frontiers. In that process the mind is always limited by a frontier or boundary, but when our concern is to understand the totality of the mind, mere concentration becomes a hindrance. Attention is limitless, without the frontiers of knowledge. Knowledge comes through concentration, and any extension of knowledge is still within its own frontiers. In the state of attention the mind can and does use knowledge, which of necessity is the result of concentration; but the part is never the whole, and adding together the many parts does not make for the perception of the whole. Knowledge, which is the additive process of concentration, does not bring about the understanding of the immeasurable. The total is never within the brackets of a concentrated mind.

ACTION STEP: And you? When do you concentrate and when do you pay attention? In the comments, tell me how you experience the difference between concentration and attention.

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

How to bring your “yoga mind” to your desktop & workplace

This past week my friend A. asked me about how to prevent repetitive stress injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome and tendinoisis from working at the computer. Even if you don’t work with computers or your hands, what I have to say will help you bring your “yoga mind” to any kind of work you do.

What do I mean by “yoga mind”? Check out my video below to find out.

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ACTION STEP: In a spirit of compassion rather than judgment for yourself, ask yourself : How have you either ignored or didn’t pay attention to your body’s signals at work? And how can you start paying attention?

In the comments, tell me what you are going to change to bring your “yoga mind” off the mat.

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

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