Tag: meditation

Ask a Yogi – What’s a quick meditation I can do anytime?

Just being aware of your body and the surroundings can be a meditation in itself. Moments of awe happen on a daily basis, the challenging part is stopping to see them.

Last week, I was driving to class consumed with thought. Mindlessly driving thinking about how I felt stagnant. I slowed down as I approached the longest stoplight ever on Lindbergh and zoned out looking at the trees nearby. They almost looked like glitter against the backdrop of crystal blue sky. In that moment, I felt like time slowed down and suddenly I didn't mind waiting at the light. I stared at the tree leaves brushing against each other in shades yellow green, and orange thinking how lucky I was to live in a place with trees (Kansas City folks, you're really missing out).

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Ask a Yogi – How do I set an intention for my yoga practice?

A goal is different from an intention. A goal focuses on a future outcome, an intention focuses on what is of most value to you in the present.


When I first started my practice, my teacher would often instruct us to “set an intention for the yoga practice”. Not understanding quite what that meant, I usually ignored her and wrote it off as just another “woo woo” aspect of yoga.

As I grew more interested in the philosophical aspects of the practice, I realized intention setting is a way to tune into my physical and mental wellbeing. Between teaching classes and working on my business, I sometimes forget to stop and check in with myself. Setting an intention each morning encourages me to self-reflect. How do I feel physically? What’s lingering on my mind? Is there a strong emotion present? Introspection helps me set an intention that will guide me toward action that’s directed and purposeful.

Steps to Creating an Intention:

  1. Relax into a calm state. Notice how you feel physically and emotionally. Identify what you’re feeling: Exhausted? Anxious? Lonely? Peaceful? etc.
  2. Focus on a word that resonates with you. It can be as simple as 1 word. Find a positive word that supports your current emotional or physical state. The word can be a specific action like energize or relax. It can also be a more abstract feeling like love or gratitude. A few other options are listed below.
  3. Repeat the word to yourself. Use every exhale to repeat the intention out loud or internally. Whenever you negative feelings arise, come back to your intention. Recalling the word throughout the day breaks the stream of unconscious thought and mental stimulation. It reminds us to live intentionally— providing a framework for decision-making and action.

FEELING –> INTENTION

Fear –> Comfort

Weakness –> Strength

Sadness –> Joy

Doubt –> Peace

Insecurity –> Confidence

Instability –> Balance

Betrayal –> Truth

Indifference –> Compassion

Constraint –> Freedom

Emptiness –> Fulfillment

Loneliness –> Community

Ask a Yogi: How Do I Start Meditating?

Recently, I’ve seen a surge of requests for meditation instruction.

Fast-paced lifestyles, high-levels of anxiety – it’s no wonder people are looking for ways to slow down.

Learn the basics here: why start meditation, benefits to your mind and body, and meditation methods.

Yoga first started as a meditation practice with only 1 pose – seated meditation. Gradually, poses were added to enhance the meditation experience. Asanas (poses) help the body connect movement to breath, which can be it’s own form of meditation. As well, it’s easier for many people to find stillness in a seated meditation practice after moving. That’s why I like to practice a still meditation after the physical yoga practice.

Yoga: the practice of observing the fluctuations of the mind and achieving relaxed, focused attention.

Why Start a Meditation Practice?

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Ask a Yogi: What does ‘yoga’ mean?

When you hear the word “yoga” does your stomach shudder with discomfort? 
Do you imagine a dim room of candles with everyone dressed like hippies promoting the healing powers of crystals?
Does a chakra meditation sound a little too woo woo for you?

Yoga has been translated from the sanskrit root word yuj which means to contemplate. Yuj has also been translated to the English root word yoke, which means to join or unite.

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