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

8a. the Body-Mind-Spirit

Human beings are a complex, a collection of energies. We have a physical dimensionality, a robust emotion-mind set of factors, as well as an essence or spiritual, higher nature. Meditation is interested in the integration of these parts along with yoga, tai chi, chi gong, aikido, and other practices that seek to unite our components. … More 8a. the Body-Mind-Spirit

8c: Integrity begins inside.

Asana is a whole being process and concept. Though it begins with being about one’s posture, asana opens one to poise, composure, equipoise, and the feeling of integrity. Each of these speaks of balance, but not a type of outer balance – like balancing a book on one’s head – but inner balance, inner coordination … More 8c: Integrity begins inside.

8b. Feel it!

Sitting well for meditation creates immediate benefits in one’s practice. One can sit in a chair, of course, but if it is possible to sit in a cross-legged position, the pyramidal shape of one’s body actually has effect. But since many people cannot sit like that, a couple of things can refined and support one’s … More 8b. Feel it!

8a: Asana – from the bottom to the top

There are many reasons why the classical meditation posture is the classical one. A few are: aligning the body and inner chakra system, alignment of the body, energy, mind, and emotional components of oneself, verticality stretches one energetically as high, expanded or refined as one can reach and then sustain. Also, asana provides the downward … More 8a: Asana – from the bottom to the top

Intermediate: Mudra: actualizing energy

The word mudra is often used in conjunction with asana. In that case, mudra is a component of an overall asana in physical yoga. But, in these meditations, mudra is the focal point for actualizing an invoked energy or an invited quality of Presence. Then, Asana is lived as the overall motivation for wanting to … More Intermediate: Mudra: actualizing energy

8b. Coordinating Vibrations

A human being is a complex whole. Well-being lies in coordinating the various layers of that wholeness. Coordinated, we experience creativity, ease, joy, less friction with life and others, and less pain. Uncoordinated, with one part of us ill at ease or multiple aspects not valued, we are stymied, irritable, impatient, gluttonous, and diseased. Asana … More 8b. Coordinating Vibrations

Living from Essential Being

Asana is usually understood in the particularity of postures and physical yoga. And, though that is correct, asana means more than that. Asana is one’s relation to one’s physical dimensionality: to one’s entire incarnated existence and to the fields into which one’s Being is constantly expressing. When understood as such, asana invokes a spiritual maturity … More Living from Essential Being

The stature of one’s practice

It is called a practice for a reason. With diligence, effort, and right motivation, a meditation practice will establish within oneself. If any of these is missing or haphazard, then that which a meditation practice is and that which it will bring forward within a person cannot happen. What can happen within oneself when the … More The stature of one’s practice

The many grounds of one’s life

The ground gives one a sense of stability and surety. What are other things that do that? concepts and beliefs some forms of relationship a sense of self, who or what we think we are thinking (“I think therefore I am.” one’s environment, or the working of appliances, or the internet, or electricity Most of … More The many grounds of one’s life

Ahhh, Composure!

Meditation training combines two factors: feminine and masculine. Within The Practice of Living Awareness, feminine energy is within the first several steps: Flow, Soften and Open, Receive-Release as examples. Masculine energy is within the next several steps beginning with Asana. Asana brings an acuity to one’s practice: straighten up, hold the attitude and altitude, command … More Ahhh, Composure!

Asana brings results

We begin two weeks focused on Asana and its value to meditation. Each day of the Entry practice will engage a particular aspect of the classic meditation posture (lotus or half lotus), explain how to accomplish it, and the benefits that result within one’s meditation.   Downloadable podcast: may0615entry asana produces results

The perfect pair

Cause and result are a perfect pair. Each is necessary for the other. Like the components of electromagnetism, cause and result are inseparable. Because of this, putting positive causes in motion will bring positive results. A meditation practice is such, along with each technique within that practice. We have now added sacred posture to our … More The perfect pair

The Inner Dynamics of Asana and Meditation

For thousands of years, the primary posture for meditation has been the lotus or half lotus position. One could wonder if that is simply because people sat on the ground indian-style for the most part. But, in fact, there are many good and even important reasons to use the classic meditation posture if one can. … More The Inner Dynamics of Asana and Meditation