From the desk of Marjorie Clapp, RYT…
Many are familiar with the incredible health benefits of a regular meditation practice. Getting started, however, can be a daunting task. Follow these simple steps to create your own practice. With commitment and patience, your daily meditations will soon become an important part of your everyday routine.
*Set aside a special place in a peaceful and quiet space
*Sit in a comfortable position with the spine straight Sukhasana (seated with legs crossed) or lying down are good options
*Choose a time when your mind is free dawn or dusk are ideal
*Try to practice the same time and place every day to make your meditation practice habitual
*Sit in meditation for 5-15 minutes daily dedication, commitment and patience are required
*Consciously instruct your mind to prepare for meditation create a ritual opening like lighting a candle, singing a simple chant like OM, or bringing the same peaceful image to your mind
*Regulate your breathing bring attention to the sound, sensation, and depth
*Establish a rhythm lengthen the inhale and exhale to match
*Bring the mind to rest on a focal point Internally, anahata chakra (heart) or anja chakra (third eye) are good places. A soft gaze on a candle flame can also work.
*If the mind wanders, refocus count the length of the inhale and exhale, or work with a simple silent mantra like Soham, meaning I am all that is. (Soooo = inhalation, Hummm=exhalation)
*Slowly bring the meditation practice to an end create a ritual, like blowing out a candle, bringing the hands to the heart, or practicing a simple yoga pose like childs pose
Marjorie Clapp, RYT
Marjorie completed her 200-hour certification at Sonic Yoga's Center for Yoga Studies in 2008. Her teaching style blends strong sequences, flowing stretches, and restorative breath-work for a well-rounded Vinyasa flow that is accessible to all ages and abilities. Marjorie draws from nearly ten years of experience, making her classes diverse and creative. She also offers specialized pre-natal and post-natal yoga classes for mothers and mothers-to-be.
Marjorie graduated from Brown University with a degree in International Relations in 2007. She trained as a holistic health counselor at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in 2009 and is currently working towards becoming a Registered Dietitian.
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