Entries Tagged as 'Yoga & Meditation'

By: Alysa Volpe, Yoga & Meditation Specialist

The practice of cleanliness is the act of taking care of the places that we live in by keeping them sanitary and without filth or disease. This includes our planet, our homes, our bodies and our minds.


Read more...

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

I love yoga! I practice yoga for a multitude of reasons all of which meet my need for expanded awareness and continued personal growth.

My first experience with yoga was in the late 80’s when I was going through a really rough time and desperately needed some support. I went to class 5 days a week directly after work.  I cried through some classes and many, many savasanas! Little did I know yoga would become a lifelong companion and continual support. When my body feels good, asana practice enhances that goodness. When my body feels tight and depleted asana and meditation help soothe stiff areas and bring energy to my body and mind. The practice of yoga has always been a physical challenge for me and I appreciate the challenge. Over the years, I’ve learned to become fascinated with subtle changes in my body from day to day and use these as opportunities for practicing self-acceptance. Yoga helps me build strength and maintain flexibility in my body and being.

Read more...

By: Jes Gale, Yoga & Meditation Specialist

The Yamas, or “observances”, are one of the 8 limbs of yoga. There are 5 Yamas. I like think of them as: good guidelines for life. They’re good guidelines because they lead us out of darkness and into the light, or we might say: out of ignorance and into knowing. Aparigraha (uh-par-E-grah-ha) is the 5th of these guideline. It translates loosely to “non-greed”, “non-clinging”, “non-attachment” or “non-hoarding”. Aparigraha challenges our belief that something outside of ourselves will make us happy.

Read more...

By Lisa Frank, M.Ed., Wellness Counselor and Yoga Instructor

This Yama is often interpreted as celibacy, yet it could be said that it represents much more.  It is about creating a virtuous lifestyle, practicing self-control and moderation in all things, including control of one’s sexual desires and impulses.  Life is created through sex and is thus necessary for the survival of a species.  For some celibacy is their chosen virtuous lifestyle, but for most householders’ celibacy is not the aim. Rather than denying sexual pleasure try instead to engage in meaningful and respectful physical contact.  

Read more...

By Lisa Frank, M.Ed., Wellness Counselor and Yoga Instructor


I first started practicing yoga as a teenager with my mom’s Erich Schiffman and Kundalini yoga VHS videos. When I began, I was an active and restless young athlete and I found the mindful practice of yoga difficult and awkward. But, I loved how I felt in savasana and I knew it could help me in my athletic and life endeavors. 
 

?

Read more...