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Articles tagged “yoga”

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

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

10 Fast and Easy Ways to do Yoga on a Busy Schedule

Busy? Can’t make it to yoga class?

Here are some ways to practice yoga on a busy schedule–some are as short as one minute and others can be as long you like. You can incorporate a few of these into your day as free time opens up.

The most important component is to connect your mind, body, and breath. Any time you connect, that is yoga regardless if you make it to yoga class or not.

  1. Try out this minimalist at-home yoga practice from Everett Bogue. (Editor’s note on March 15: Everett Bogue no longer blogs and has removed this post from the internets.)
  2. Laugh out loud for one minute–laughter expands life.
  3. Kapalbhati breathing in the shower or preparing breakfast or getting dressed.
  4. Inhale deeply and exhale thoroughly for 2 minutes while on hold on the telephone.
  5. First bend forward at the waist to place your hands under your feet in Padahastasana or just reach as far as you can in Uttanasana before putting on your shoes.
  6. Chant om as you ride your bike–it keeps me warm in the winter!
  7. Imagine that you are breathing through alternate nostrils while waiting in line anywhere–the ensuing relaxation is almost as good as if you did put your hand up to your nose. If you dare, DO alternate nostril breathing while waiting in line!
  8. Clean your eyes through concentrated internal or external gazing–at a candle flame, for example, at a bar or restaurant when the conversation gets boring.
  9. Listen to my guided relaxation mp3 which you can do sitting while commuting on the bus or train. Please do not listen to this while you are driving! Sign up for my newsletter to get it.
  10. Make an intention for your day when you wake up and return to it throughout the day when you have a moment or two. Return to this intention before you go to sleep.