30 Day Meditation Challenge: Drumroll please…Day 30!!!

Monday January 4, 2010:   In yoga, we babble on a lot about the journey rather than the destination.  So, it is perhaps incredibly appropriate that when I sat for my mediation on Monday, I was completely oblivious to the fact that I had, in fact, reached my goal of 30 straight days of meditation!  Colors did not explode before my eyes.  Light beams did not shoot from my belly.  The universe did not swallow me whole.  There’s no Hollywood ending to this meditation story.  In fact, I hope this 30 days isn’t really an ending at all but rather […]

30 Day Meditation Challenge: Day 15

Sunday December 20, 2009:  So, as of yesterday, I am halfway through the challenge!   I had the pleasure of meditating yesterday at what I’ve realized is the perfect time to be in my home yoga studio.  Right around 1pm or so, the sun shines through the single window in the room and right on to my yoga mat.  Outside my backyard is blanketed with about two feet of snow, dumped by a mighty winter storm.   But, I sat in that beam of light and meditated with the sun warming my face.  I chanted the Bija mantra, moving the […]

30 Day Meditation Challenge: Day 1

Sunday December 6, 2009: Today I sat for a guided Ham-Sa meditation practice.  This involves starting at the lowest chakra at the base of the spine and moving the energy up the spine to the highest chakra at the crown of the head.   Basically, you direct your attention to each of the chakras in turn and mentally repeat “Ham” on the inhale and “Sa” on the exhale.  Once you have moved the energy to the crown of the head, you sit and experience the flow of energy up and down the spine. When you can pause and stay relaxed between […]

Sit still? For how long?

I have practiced yoga for nearly a decade now (yikes!) and taught yoga for almost 6 years.   Initially, when I started practicing yoga, I simply wasn’t that interested in meditation.  Sweaty vinyasa flow was more my thing.  Later, my curiosity was piqued by meditation and its reported benefits but I couldn’t seem to get my “monkey mind” to settle down for 5 minutes, let alone the 20-30 that are often considered a baseline for deeper meditation practices.  At my first yoga teacher training at the Sivananda Institute in 2004, we had a required 30-minute meditation practice at 6am and 8pm […]