Entries Tagged as 'Yoga & Meditation'

By: Miraval's Alysa Volpe, Yoga & Meditation Specialist
 

Meditation is not only a practice that increases our ability to gain insight into our own perceptions, expectations and judgements but it is essentially a brain strengthening exercise. 

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By Miraval's MaryGrace Naughton, Yoga & Meditation Specialist

Why is it so important to be mindful and to practice calming your mind on a regular basis? 

The importance of mindfulness is practicing present moment awareness with acceptance. Doing this provides us with the opportunity to be more aware of both our internal and external experience. With awareness comes the ability to choose and respond rather than live habitually or reactively. When we have acceptance of what is, even when it is difficult or the opposite of what we want, we are able to empathize and be kind with our internal experience rather than telling ourselves to ‘get over it’ or that ‘we shouldn’t be feeling what we feel’. This also cultivates our ability to be compassionate with others. When we have acceptance of what is pleasant we are able to bring our whole selves to the sensory experience and  enjoy that moment on a deeper lever. Savoring a pleasant experience helps create the memory of it and develops the ability to become aware of pleasant experiences more often. 

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By Miraval's Casey Shaw, Yoga & Meditation Specialist

Are you interested in practicing at home but feel overwhelmed by to-dos or don’t feel like you have enough space?  Setting up a special space for your sacred time with yourself can be a motivation and inspiring first step to bringing your practice into your home. 

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By: Miraval's Alysa Volpe, Yoga & Meditation Specialist

This year is the 25th anniversary of Tucson’s All Souls Procession and to celebrate we welcome you to learn about and participate in the celebration. I am fortunate to have been born and raised in the Sonoran Desert and feel blessed to have had the benefit of living in a place rich in Mexican and Native American culture and influence. Being able to experience the many traditions that have survived for centuries in Southern Arizona is something I am grateful for. The Day of the Dead came about after nearly 2500 years of indigenous practices focused on remembering the departed through ritual within this area and other parts of Mexico and Central America. With the arrival of the Spanish in the 16th Century, the Catholic Church appropriated many of the native rituals of remembrance and created All Souls Day. Throughout all cultures, people have found ways to feel connected and honor their ancestors, children, parents and all who have touched them during their lifetimes.

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By: Miraval’s MaryGrace Naughton, Yoga & Meditation Specialist 

I have been teaching yoga for 15 years and am delighted when I see students smile. I love when a student isn’t caught up in taking themselves so seriously that they forget to have fun and enjoy this body they are living in.

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