An Archive of Meditations – The Purple Almond Year in Review

Since it’s a federal holiday here in the USA, I decided to take the day off from both blogging and school. I still wanted to posts something, so it’s a repost day here at The Purple Almond.

Here is a repost of my Meditation Monday year end review from December. I couldn’t decide which article to repost today, so I decided to post this one, which posts all of them, up until December. Do you have a favorite? For me, it’s the grounding meditations as well as the walking and EFT tapping.

ENJOY!


I began my Meditation Monday blog series on December 19, 2016. One year on, I have covered the gambit of meditation and relaxation techniques. I began with Yoga, and have included everything from Qi Gong to chair yoga and candle gazing to stone stacking. Whether you’re a fitness fanatic, or hate to exercise (like me!) there’s something for everyone.

Many of you may wonder why I focus so heavily on meditation and motivation, despite being a nutrition site. As someone who is studying holistic nutrition, I learned early on that food is only part of the equation when it comes to complete, whole body health. A body under constant stress is an unhealthy body, even if you eat in a super healthy way. Yes, all of that healthy food does help, but the stress still takes a toll on you. That’s why I include so many meditation and motivational posts on my blog.

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In fact, I feel that dealing with stress is so important, my very first blog post, from over a year ago, was devoted to dealing with anger:

Do You Hold Onto Your Anger?

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Here are just a few physical effects stress has on your body:

  • Acne and other skin problems
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Increased heart rate
  • High cholesterol
  • Increased risk for a heart attack
  • Lower bone
  • Joint pain
  • Acid reflux
  • Diabetes
  • Irritable bowel
  • Lower sex drive
  • Comprised immune system

So below is a list of 23 of my Meditation Monday posts from this past year, beginning with my first YOGA post, from December 19, 2016. I hope you can find something on this list to help you relieve stress over this holiday season, and through out the new year.

The Benefits of Yoga with 30 Minute Restorative Yoga and Meditation video

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NEW YOU –

Letting Go Of Yesterday Guided Meditation

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Qi Gong –

7 minutes of Magic for Health

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Guide to walking Meditation

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Simple Meditation led by Jeffrey Zlotnik – Founder of The Meditation Initiative

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Meditation for Beginners:

The Ultimate Guide 

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The Butterfly – Kids Meditation

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40 Ways to Relax

in 5 Minutes or Less

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6 Guided Meditation Videos

for Anxiety and Fear

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A Mindful Eating Meditation

to Manage Food Cravings

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Stone Stacking

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Grounding Meditation (AKA: Earthing) with Free Guidebook

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Tapping-The Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)

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EFT Tapping for Self-Love

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Candle Gazing

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Deepak Chopra’s Top 8 Meditation Tips

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Partner Yoga for Relaxation

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Guided Imagery

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Foot Soaking Meditation

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Yoga for Mental Health

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20-Minute HIIT Yoga Flow for Stress

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Chair Yoga

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A Quick Guide to Yin Yoga

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A Quick Guide to Yin Yoga ~ 3 routines to Stretch, Flex and Relax

If you’re like me, you’d love to meditate and do yoga each day, but don’t have the time. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE doing yoga. It’s one of the few types of exercise that I thoroughly enjoy. (I’ve never been real big on fitness) Doing yoga and meditation has become a form of guilty pleasure for me, as I rarely have time to work them into my schedule.

That’s why I was so excited when I discovered

Yin Yoga.

What is Yin Yoga

Yin Yoga is not as well known, in western cultures, as the far more popular Hatha Yoga. Yin Yoga is a slower paced form of yoga, which targets deep connective tissues of the body. (1) The postures in Yin Yoga are performed largely on the floor, with fewer postures than other types of yoga. Unlike other forms of yoga, where poses are held for only seconds, poses in Yin Yoga are held for 3 to 5 minutes at a time, and sometimes up to 20 minutes. Yin Yoga is the opposite of other forms of active yoga, that are considered “yang” yoga. (You’ve heard of the yin/yang symbol).  Instead of pushing up, resisting and moving, (YANG) you are passive, relaxed and still (Yin).

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Students are encouraged to meditate while holding the poses. Because of this, it’s considered a meditative form of yoga, and quite different than the more physical forms of yoga.  Due to the meditative nature of Yin Yoga, students are often required to face themselves, their feelings and their emotions. Yin Yoga is often used in centers that deal with addictions, eating disorders, anxiety and deep pain or trauma. (1) If you have trouble meditating, or if you’re experiencing stress or anxiety, this is a wonderful place to begin.

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PHOTO COURTESY OF: liinayoga.com

Benefits of Yin Yoga (1. 2, 3)

  1. Calms the mind
  2. Balances the body
  3. Increased mobility in the body and joints
  4. Helps with migraines
  5. Relaxation
  6. Increased circulation
  7. Helps teach meditation skills
  8. Releases tension and stress
  9. Can be done anywhere
  10. Improved flexibility

The 3 Principles of Yin Yoga (3)

  1. Find your edge – Because the poses are held for such long periods of time, it’s important to find a “comfortable” place. Don’t push yourself or go to your “maximum.
  2. Be still – Once you are in your pose, don’t fidget.  Relax into the pose and stay still throughout the pose.
  3. Hold the pose – Work up to holding the pose for 5 or more minutes. Start with 1 – 3 minutes and go from there.

 Philosophy and Practice of Yin Yoga

While this may not be a standard workout, leaving you sweaty and breathless, it’s giving you a different, deeper, more intimate type of work out. You’ll walk away with a calm, clear mind that has touched the soul.

Onto the routines!

Below, I’ve gathered just a few of the dozens available on youtube. If you don’t like the ones below, go to this search. It contains tons of workouts ranging in length from 15 mintues to 60 minutes. ENJOY! (I’d love to hear if you try it!)

Yin Yoga for Deep Relaxation – (30 minutes)

Morning Yin Yoga Class – Best Morning Stretches (30 minutes)

Yin Yoga Full Body Stretch ~ Flexibility & Relaxation (40 minutes)

 

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Sources:

  1. https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-5037/Yin-Yoga-101-What-You-Need-to-Know.html
  2. https://www.doyouyoga.com/yin-yoga/
  3. https://www.ekhartyoga.com/articles/the-benefits-of-yin-yoga