Pondering Asana

Welcome back to our Friday conversations on pondering the practice. This week, we bring attention to the physical body and our asana. Asana is a sanskrit word that refers to one’s sitting position. The way we sit is often a reflection of the way we take a seat in our own lives… our posture in … More Pondering Asana

The Body

Asana Meditation – Day 1  As we move into the second half of this round of the Practice of Living Awareness, we’ll spend some time each week considering the ways that the second set of seven steps is a spiraling upward or a conscious extension of the first set of seven steps. For instance, Step … More The Body

Calm Breathing with Pranayama

Step #8, Asana Meditation – Day 3 Pranayama is the formal practice of controlled breathing. There are many techniques… each one is as accessible and beneficial as the breath itself . Squared breathing is one of those techniques and it has a calming effect. It engages the parasympathetic nervous system, which is often referred to … More Calm Breathing with Pranayama

Aligning with Joy

Asana Meditation – Day 1  What does it take to align with joy? Engagement with your surroundings? Engagement with your emotions? Engagement with your mind, your body, your heartspace? Yes, and more. Energy follows thought; this is factual. As we marry the body, breath, and mind through gentle guidance, we can create altitude and poise, … More Aligning with Joy

Asana as Altitude

Asana Meditation – Day 3 In sitting upright and lengthening the spine, the breath has an opportunity to become balanced. A sloppy posture usually means a sloppy breath, a sloppy attitude, and a sloppy response to that which arises during meditation. An upright posture usually supports a poised mind and a poised attitude. From this … More Asana as Altitude