Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Earth Day Meditation - Befriending the Pause

Not everyone is comfortable with the global pause we are all experiencing together. In this short video, I offer a guided meditation using a breath technique in which we become aware of the natural pauses in our breath as a means to become more comfortable with pausing in general.

I hope you are staying safe and well during this strange time.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Open-Close Breath Practice to Calm the Nervous System

Here's another short breath practice for quieting the nervous system. In this one, I'm using the open-close motion from Tai Chi, in which we float the hands apart on the inhalation and float them back toward each other on the exhalation. I like to add the slowing of the exhalation, which stimulates the vagus nerve to activate the parasympathetic nervous system - the part of the nervous system that returns us to a quiet, non-stress-elevated state.

Stay home, stay safe, stay well, and don't forget to BREATHE.