Posts tagged meditation
5 Tips For A Sustainable Home Practice

One of the most liberating aspects of exploring Feldenkrais® and Mindfulness is that you don’t need fancy equipment or a designated building, or an expanding field of wildflowers to practice. The practices are incredibly accessible and they meet you where you are— as long as you are willing.

Living in the Capital Region of New York, I know that it’s not always possible to make it into a studio for a class. Truth be told, there aren’t a lot of studios in this area that offer Feldenkrais or Meditation. Thankfully that’s slowly changing. And now with technology,  we all have bountiful access to classes.

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Meditation & Gut Health. How Are They Related?

When you think of meditation you probably don’t associate it with better digestion and gut health. I know I didn’t until I learned just how much chronic stress influences our gut health and just how powerful meditation is for decreasing stress.

What Does Evolution Have To Do With Healthy Digestion?

Issues like leaky gut often come from living a high-stress lifestyle. Most of us are under a lot of stress in today’s world. When you’re feeling anxious or rushed, your body goes into fight or flight. This is a survival mechanism that’s been with us since long before our frontal lobes developed. Back when we had to struggle just to survive, fight-flight -freeze was useful, but nowadays we don’t have to fight off predators and run for our lives (at least not often). This response to external stress kicks in anytime something triggers our stress response.

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Move Into Mindfulness

I have often been asked, “What brought you to this practice.” My honest answer? The proper amount of dysfunction and an eternal search for freedom! Yes, like most people I began this journey with my personal history on my back and the ity-bity-shiddy-committee standing in solidarity at my side. Eager to escapes the weight and noise, I began with desperate faith to ‘find a way’ OUT.

Most of us live in the presence of a habitual mind that dominates our experience and our life. My own experience with becoming more mindful was truly uncomfortable. My committee was in full force and every single thought seemed to echo in my physical being. I was amazed to find out how my perception and my sensation was completely ruled by unconscious conditioning. 

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Want More Love? Take 5 At Sunrise.

Did you know that conscious attention can actually change your brain and your whole life experience? 

You see, your thoughts create patterns and images in your mind that directly influence your body and vice versa.  It’s all a  matter of what you attend to. For instance, a focus on a beautiful experience that is happening in this moment, say a view of the horizon or the feel of the ground beneath your feet, is going to produce a completely different chemical reaction and inspire a different physical stance then if you focus on what you lack or what is wrong.

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Introduction To The Body Scan

Finally, a good excuse to lie down and do nothing! Ok. Maybe not quite nothing.

Exploring the art of Body Scans is a wonderful way of developing skills such as embodied awareness (i.e. being able to sense yourself), concentration, and focused attention. Plus, body scanning can be used as an effective ‘pre-movement’ strategy or end of the day stress-reduction practice.

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