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Mindfulness and Your Perfect Weight

17 Feb

Check out my latest blog post on truebodymindsoul.com!

Whether you want to lose, gain, or maintain weight, or simply enjoy your food more, Mindfulness can help!

Mindfulness and Your Perfect Weight

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Moderatism- Better than Minimalism

5 Feb

Somewhere in between the starkness of Minimalism, and the burden of Maximalism, there is Moderatism, the middle way.

http://truebodymindsoul.com/moderatism-better-than-minimalism/

Mindfulness Explained

29 Jan

If you have been wondering about Mindfulness and mindfulness meditation, what it is, why it’s useful, and how to do it, then check out my post on my new blog truebodymindsoul.com!  Mindfulness can improve health, decrease stress, and bring more joy and happiness to your life!

Mindfulness Explained

A New Home for TrueBodyMindSoul!!

25 Jan

 

Hello friends and followers!!

I am excited to announce a new home for True Body Mind Soul!

I have purchased the domain, and started a new blog (well, a continuation of this blog!) at truebodymindsoul.com

I hope you will come check out my new site for posts about yoga, meditation, mindfulness, health and happiness.

Here is one post, for example, that you should definitely read : )

Ten tips for starting a hot yoga practice (2)

Ten tips for starting HOT yoga

Hope to see you soon!

Best,

True Soul
(Amber)

365 Challenge Day 315 – GRADUATION!!!

9 May

I did it!!  It’s official, I’m a certified yoga teacher!!!!

Wow oh wow oh wow.  Even though I’ve worked so hard over the past six months, I still can’t believe it.

In a way this is fulfilling a lifelong goal.  My mother was a yoga teacher, and my father was a yoga teacher!!  They lived in a yoga ashram when I was born, and the Guru named me!!  So yeah, it kind of feels like destiny.  And my sister has a 2 year old at home, but I am quite sure in a few years she will be a yoga teacher too : )

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Here I am celebrating in my backyard on graduation day : )

365 Challenge Day 305 – Yoga + Music?

6 May

At Core Power yoga studios they play music in their classes.  I have to say I’m not a huge fan.  But I think most people like it.  I guess I consider yoga more of a moving meditation than an exercise, and I don’t listen to music when I meditate either…  although I’m sure some people do.

I think the music they played in the class was pretty tasteful.  Some mellow kirtan chanting, which I wasn’t crazy about but it was fairly benign.  Some songs that were probably Deep Forest, and that I actually enjoyed : )

So it was okay, kind of different.  It will be interesting to see how I feel about it after 5 weeks of unlimited classes here.  Will I get so used to it that the silence will be challenging?

But one thing I feel strongly about, they really should have turned it off during Savasana.  IMO.

365 Challenge Day 303 – Meditation

5 May

After many months of a break, I feel like I’m finally coming back around to silent meditation.  I’ve just been craving it.  Like a vegetarian who eats meat for a while but then craves the healthy clean feeling again of eating veg.

I don’t aspire to make it a daily practice, I just want to incorporate it into my week, along with yoga, and dance, and work and kids, and everything else I do.

Last night I had insomnia, which is very unusual for me.  I decided to use that time to meditate because I didn’t want to get up out of bed.  I did a body scan starting at the top of my head.  At first my attention didn’t stay long because my mind was racing so much I’d be off in thought, but soon I was able to stay focused on the sensations in the body, calm the mind, and feel a sense of peace and relaxation.

I hope to sit again tonight.  I miss it!

365 Challenge Day 285 – Sacred

28 Apr

I took a yoga class today in which the teacher was very bold and unfiltered.  It was definitely not a style I’m used to.  She would curse and say things like, Stir that shit up!  She had us do a body scan and said to find spots in our bodies that needed attention, “Maybe it’s your right hip, maybe it’s your left hip, maybe it’s your vajayjay, maybe it’s your anus!” Yes, she said vajayjay in yoga class.

She seemed so confident and casual with it all that it didn’t feel awkward, at least not to me.  But it did make me wonder.  When we go to a meditation or a yoga class, if it’s more than just exercise, we are often trying to create a sacred space.  On the one hand, everything is sacred, so maybe it’s good if you can say “anus” in class and still bring us towards the sacred.  But on the other hand, by using “vulgar” language a teacher may be making it a lot more difficult for people to feel that they’ve left the everyday world behind for a moment and entered a sacred space.

It’s interesting to contemplate.

365 Challenge Day 273 – Acceptance

28 Apr

I’ve spoken before about my “spiritual crisis” of feeling like I couldn’t connect to the Buddhist community, possibly the Buddhist practice, and needing to explore other practices. There were several things that made it feel like a “crisis”. I didn’t like the uncertainty of not knowing what would come next, and I felt a certain amount of resentment that the community was not what I wanted it to be.

But recently I’ve begun to feel a big shift, an acceptance.  I don’t feel that resentment anymore.  I feel like I got a lot out of that practice and that community, and now it’s time to move on.  I can look back at those years with gratitude, not resentment.  I can even imagine going back there again someday, at least to meditate, but not to try to build community.

I’m even finding my way a bit back to the practice.  The teachings all still resonate with me, but I need to apply them in a different way.  A way that’s more integrated into life, not about retreating from life.

365 Challenge Day 253 – A Journey

27 Mar

In the yoga teacher training my teachers spent quite a bit of time talking about Vedic Astrology. I found it all very interesting, but had some doubts about the relevance for our future as teachers.

The twelve signs are described in a sequence as a story, starting with a seed, that gets planted in the soil, blooms in spring, etc. The first six signs are about the development of the self. And then the next six are about going beyond the self, realizing we are not separate, opening to our oneness with the rest of the Universe.

And then, suddenly, the meaning of it all landed for me. My teacher started describing this same journey in a single yoga class. The students come to class lost in their heads, spinning from their day and their lives. The beginning of class is about getting them to ground into their bodies. Developing and being present in the “self”. Leading all the way to the end of class when in Savasana, the student gets a chance to release the self, and open up to a oneness with the Universe.

Wow!!!

I love the idea of bringing my students on a journey every time they come to class : )