May 2016 - Inner Revolution Yoga Studio

Metta Meditation- Loving Kindness Metta bhavana, or loving-kindness meditation, is a method of developing compassion. It comes from the Buddhist tradition, but it can be adapted and practiced by anyone, regardless of religious affiliation; loving-kindness meditation is essentially about cultivating love. This is a meditation of care, concern, tenderness, loving kindness, friendship–a feeling of warmth […]

May 31, 20160

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Metta Meditation- Loving Kindness
Metta bhavana, or loving-kindness meditation, is a method of developing compassion. It comes from the Buddhist tradition, but it can be adapted and practiced by anyone, regardless of religious affiliation; loving-kindness meditation is essentially about cultivating love.
This is a meditation of care, concern, tenderness, loving kindness, friendship–a feeling of warmth for oneself and others. The practice is the softening of the mind and heart, an opening to deeper and deeper levels of the feeling of kindness, of pure love. Loving kindness is without any desire to possess another. It is not a sentimental feeling of goodwill, not an obligation, but comes from a selfless place. It does not depend on relationships, on how the other person feels about us. The process is first one of softening, breaking down barriers that we feel inwardly toward ourselves, and then those that we feel toward others.
Take a very comfortable posture. One of the aims in this meditation is to feel good, so make your posture relaxed and comfortable. Begin to focus around your chest area, your “heart center”. Breathe in and out from that area, as if you are breathing from the heart center and as if all experience is happening from there. Anchor your mindfulness only on the sensations at your heart center.
Breathing in and out from the heart center, begin by generating this kind feeling toward yourself. Feel any areas of mental blockage or numbness, self-judgment, self-hatred. Then drop beneath that to the place where we care for ourselves, where we want strength and health and safety for ourselves.
Continuing to breathe in and out, use either these traditional phrases or ones you choose yourself. Say or think them several times.

-http://www.contemplativemind.org/practices/tree/loving-kindness



May 25, 20160

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On our journey one often finds themselves in dialogue and exploring what love is, what love feels like and looks like. We find this theme everywhere in music, art, poetry, media and in our own homes. We learn about love at a very young age as an infant if we are not loved and touched by love in some way we die. We watch our parents and how they love each other and we learn about love through observation. When we begin to express love we look for signs of that love returning back to us. We may even find ourselves rejected by love and begin to feel the pain that the dark side of love can create. In many of our journeys love becomes our own personal agenda. This attachment to love can create a very strong dark side where jealously, pain and anguish dwell and darken the heart. If we begin to look and feel love from a true space of light, then we start to tap into our devotional love. The love of our own spirit. The love of others spirits. This light brings us grace.

Practice: Breathing in love all the way into your head and all the way down to your toes. Bring into your attention something or someone you love and notice if it is a dark love or a light love. Just bringing awareness into your love energy will help you tap into this true space of light.

-Written with the intention of devotional love.



May 16, 20160

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In yoga there are many styles of the physical postures the asanas. Some are free flowing and energetic and others are slow and provide deep pressure on our body. In any style it is important to listen to your body and how it feels. With the slow static poses of restorative or yin we can start to feel some deep pressure on our joints, muscles, connective tissues. In deep pressure we become aware of the deep sensations that our body makes. This deep pressure helps us tap into our para sympathetic nervous system. The system we use to rest and digest. Once we find our edge with this deep pressure we can start to release the toxins from the muscles and get blood and oxygen circulation properly. This may also provide a deep emotional release to things that have been stuck in the connective tissue. This deep pressure can be both corrective and therapeutic.

Written with the hopes that many will find the release that they need.



May 11, 20162

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One of the best ways to understand the third eye and the gifts that it brings is to develop a practice in meditation. With internal focus we begin to understand and explore our intuition and our deeper understanding of how we use energy, how we use our mind, what makes us happy and how we live with meaning and delight. There are many ways to open our third eye, when we are ready yoga is a great path to begin to open and explore. Here is a meditation to open the third eye.

**[Please don’t do this meditation in train or bus i.e. while traveling. You’ll not be able to do it properly when your body is in motion.]

1.Sit in the lotus pose (cross legged). If it not possible for you then sit comfortably on chair keep your spine straight.
2.Close your eyes. Inhale and exhale deeply for 3 times.
3.Now concentrate on the middle of your forehead around the area which is a few centimeters above the middle of your eyes. Keep your eyes closed and draw both of your eyes towards this center point of 3rd eye. I mean just look upwards with your eyes closed . Focus your closed eyes at 20-25 degrees above just at the center of the forehead (at the place of third eye.) Now slowly at about two-second interval, start counting in your mind backward from one hundred to one (that is 100,99,98,97….and so on). As you do it, keep your eyes centered towards the third eye. There will be a strain but you will enjoy it. By the time you reach 3..2…1(in backward counting), you will feel a strange sensation in and around your third eye. There will be a feeling which is difficult to describe in words. Keep your concentration on third eye. Once you achieved this state of stillness of eyes many of you will feel as if you can see your thoughts. Just like a screen you will see your thought appearing before you. Your thoughts will stop. If they appear at all, you will be able to see them like a dream. In this situation you will realize the real watcher in you. You will be able to easily perceive the witness inside you. Something different from body and mind and yet a part of you.
4.Just be in this state for 10-15 minutes.
5.Now slowly return from this state to the state of normalcy. Release the strain from your eyes and slowly shift them from the third eye to their normal position. Let them loose and free. Move your consciousness from the third eye.
6.Be still for few minutes. Allow the eyes to retain their normal movements. Inhale and exhale deeply for three time. Slowly open your eyes. Your meditation is complete



May 4, 20160

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Holding and releasing tension in yoga poses is the key to your practice. Learning how the energy moves in each posture, feeling the subtle energy in your asana will help you become aware of where you are holding tension. This awareness will deepen your understanding of when to hold tension to gain strength and when to release tension to let go. Once we begin to move with our natural flow of energy, holding and releasing in the right postures we begin to open up the center of our being, our spine. When our spine becomes flexible, so do we. Our bodies begin to move better and so does the energy around us. It is in the spine where our major chakras rest. These wheels of energy reside along our center. As we start to open the body through postures, holding and releasing tension we start to feel and connect to these internal chakras and their powers of healing.

Written in practice.