Guided meditation. Breathe. Relax well. Move well. Live well. Follow our daily guided meditation with Sophie. Sophie is an experienced yoga and meditation teacher and practitioner. She is the owner of The Yoga Bar studio.
Becoming aware of one's own thoughts is part of today's meditation episode. Experiencing the thoughts wandering off and being aware of it, looking at those thoughts from a distance, acknowledging them and letting go of them subsequently... this is what we practice today.
Becoming aware of your inner self is a stepwise process. Today we practice our inner vision: what can you see with eyes closed? Whatever appears – images – emotions – sensations – they are all manifestations of the thought waves of the mind. We learn to observe them - without judgement or attachment.
In today’s episode we continue the practice of pratyahara – that is the development of a harmonious relationship with your senses. The key to pratyahara – sometimes people define it as the practice of withdrawing the senses – is to learn not to push any sensorial sensation away. Today we practice how to deal with the sensation of a (bad) smell.
Meditation 2 is all about opening up to all the impulses that surround us and how to cultivate a harmonious relationship with those impulses. You learn to become aware of them, observe them, without judging what is presented to you. In this episode, we focus on the sensations of the body.
Meditation 2 is all about opening up to all the impulses that surround us and how to cultivate a harmonious relationship with those impulses. You learn to become aware of them, observe them, without judging what is presented to you. In this episode, we focus on the sounds that surround us.
This short episode introduces our second meditation technique and explains what to expect. We talk about the practice of Pratyahara and how it leads to a higher level of perceptiveness. Ultimately, this enhanced awareness will allow you to cultivate more attention to the here and now – it will cultivate being present.
In this episode, we make space for energy and light in our body - and deliberately let go of anxiety and tensions in the body. We continue to build on what we have learned throughout the previous exercises.
In this episode, we continue to add counting and breath retention to our meditation exercise. We practice this further until the rhythm is ingrained into our system and we no longer need to count the in- and exhalations, nor breath retention anymore. Instead, we continue with this breathing exercise as before, but without having to count - making space for other elements of focus that will enter in our next episode.
In this episode, we add counting and breath retention to our meditation exercise. We will keep the in- and exhalation equally long, while pausing in between. This way of breathing will raise your energy levels – and it will make you refreshed, energised and awake after the meditation is over.
In today's episode, we add one more element to our focused attention technique. This will allow for a smooth breathing process with Ujjãyi breath – without the mouth getting dry and supporting the circle of energy that you are generating through your breath. Keep going - you are doing a great job!
In this episode, we continue the breath work that we will be using during our focused attention meditation exercise. We learn to breathe with sound - Ujjãyi breath. Before we start our meditation, we stretch out the body gently, move it a little bit, so that the grossest tensions within the body can be resolved.
We continue our breath work and introduce the three-part breath - or psychic breath - during this episode. This technique will help you to prolong your breath and deepen the breath further. It is a relaxing breathing technique, suitable to practice sitting, but also lying down on your mat or in bed before you go to sleep.
In step 3 of this meditation technique, we introduce some breath work that we will continue to build up along the following episodes. After this episode, you will be able to do the following 3 things:
1. You can mentally follow your breath;
2. You know that it is OK that the mind is distracted regularly during the exercise and you are aware of it;
3. You can breathe freely – without effort, in a relaxed manner.
We continue our first meditation technique. In step 2, we learn to become aware of our own body and breath. It is normal that the mind wanders during any concentration or meditation exercise. Becoming aware that you have many thoughts in your mind, and subsequently giving those thoughts space to come up and be accepted, is an integral part of any meditation exercise.
We start our first meditation exercise. In step 1, we learn to become aware of our own body and breath. No prerequisites necessary. Simply sit down, listen and let your mind become calm by following the instructions in this guided meditation.
During this episode, we briefly introduce meditation. Whatever your level, background, physical or mental condition is, everyone is able to meditate. There is no GOOD or Bad meditation. Whatever method or technique you want to use, you will be training your brain. Meditation will sharpen your awareness on so many factors in your life and it will help you to train your brain to make it more aware, happier and healthier.