Meditation and daydreaming boosts future learning

A new study from The University of Texas at Austin has shown that daydreaming and resting the mind (which I somewhat equate with meditation) not only helps strengthening memories and their storage, but also improves future learning.The team had participants do two learning taskes that required memorization. One group of participants was free to rest and think about anything between taskes. Those who used the free time to reflect on what they had learned during the day performed better in tests the second time. ...more

The Best Meditation Techniques for Absolute Beginners

During high school, I craved Thursday mornings. While most kids were pressing the snooze button on their alarm clocks, I was alert and at school long before the first bell would ring. A few friends of mine started a Yoga Club and were desperate for new members – so I decided to give it a try. They recruited a lovely local yoga teacher to donate her time for our weekly sessions, and we all would pile into the stinky high school wrestling room for class. The lights were dim, the music was soft, and all the stress of college applications and high school drama seemed to just melt away....more

How To Meditate the Easy Way

"How can I learn how to meditate?" Every day we are asked that question by clients and participants of our anger and conflict management classes.  New articles sprout daily describing the benefits of meditation. But where do you start? Most major religions have some sort of meditation, or meditative prayer practice, but is that going to give you the same beneficial effects you've been reading about?...more

5 Tips to Start Yoga at Home

Yoga can be intimidating. I know; I was completely intimidated by it at first. I started yoga because I saw beautiful poses on Instagram and wanted to try them. When I did try them, they turned out to be harder than they looked. So, I started practicing yoga at home, and today I want to share with you 5 tips that helped me establish my at home yoga practice. ...more
I sincerely believe it is best to do some beginner/basics classes so you can get the alignment ...more

Trading Contentment for Happiness

Sometimes, I think it's important to give yourself a little reminder of all the things you have to be happy about, like good friends and delicious tea.  Between the fear and monotony of job hunting, the exhaustion of a waitressing job five to seven days a week at two different restaurants, bills piling up, and broken window latches, it's easy to lose sight of happiness and settle for just content on most days....more

Your brain on the TWO types of meditation (HINT: They're not the same!)

I've tried to get into meditating countless times. I need a lot more practice! My mind keeps wandering to think of all the things I need to do and take care of. But I hear that's normal - especially when women first start meditation.But what I just read in this article has me inspired to keep trying:http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/276959.phpNeuroscientists in Norway looked at MRIs of the brain during two types of meditation: concentrative and nondirective....more

Can compassion meditation make you '10 Percent Happier?'

For years, I've had friends advocate meditation. And for years, I've insisted that my I-don't-like-to-sit-still, multi-tasking mind can't even master the concept....more

Media mogul Russell Simmons contemplates meditation as a life changer

At 56, Def Jam Records and Phat Farm founder Russell Simmons is known for championing hip-hop. And with about $300 million dollars in the bank, he might be visualizing ways to splurge....more

3 Ways for City-Dwelling Millennials to De-stress and Unwind

City life can be stressful, especially for young adults. The fast paced urban life can take a mental and physical toll on local residents. The following list covers some effective ways to reduce the stress associated with a metropolitan lifestyle.Meditation in the Park...more

Mindful Meditation

Mindful meditation has been practiced for many centuries and just recently people have gained light about how to meditate through the popular form of yoga. The wonderful thing about mediation is that you don’t have to go through the whole practice of yoga; you can meditate on your own whenever and wherever. Meditation is a practice, and with practice, you will be able to gain the benefits meditation has to offer and appreciate the journey of finding your center. Here is a great tutorial on how to properly meditate....more