Allow yourself to simply be in this moment. Do a body scan and release tension, if you notice any. Take three deep breaths and embrace the present. See if you can infuse your day with the awareness that this moment has brought.
In Chinese astrology, I’m a Snake. We Snakes apparently prefer mental activity to physical activity. We’re the kind of people who don’t mind being curled up all day with a good book. I don’t know that I possess every characteristic that the ancient Chinese deemed Snakes to have, but that one—the fact that I typically […]
by Kristen Rae Stevens Let’s face it—regardless of where you live, stress will be a part of your life. But city dwellers often experience a particular brand of stress that emerges from sensory overload, a sense of compressed time, and the pressure to go, go, go! As a longtime yoga practitioner and teacher, I arrived […]
by Bhava Ram As a foreign correspondent for network news, I witnessed tragedy firsthand, over and over: Afghan children with missing limbs, faces ravaged by shrapnel, bodies burned by napalm. Drug-addicted kids living in holes dug into dry riverbeds in Bolivia. Young girls forced into Thailand’s sexual slavery trade. Starvation in Africa. Scores of innocents […]
By Erin Casperson Meditation. How many of us know that it’s good for us, but avoid the experience like a root canal? I avoided it for years. I would practice asana, chant, do pranayama, anoint my body with oil according to Ayurveda teachings, cook all-organic meals, study classical yoga and Ayurveda texts, but meditation … […]
by Rebecca Coffey This winter, I have been taking classes from some very wise teachers. They just so happen to be birds. I’m a high school English teacher, and I bring my love for meditation, movement, and nature into my classroom. My students this year have learned how to meditate and pondered life—and yes, the SATs—as […]