hello! recently following your blog has really inspired me to try out meditation and/or yoga. do you have any book recommendations or advice as i try to get started? i can't fit a scheduled class into my life right now, so i'll have to explore it solo when i can until i can carve out enough space for it in my routine. also, any tips about safety if i plan to go to a park or somewhere by myself? thanks! :)
Asketh - doe-eyed-debtor
Glad that my blog inspired you making steps to nurture yourself and I’m sure bring some bliss into your life!
Both meditation and yoga complement well each others and I suggest you make space into your life for both of them. I’m myself a very busy person, but I wouldn’t miss my daily yoga and meditation. Once you practice and see for yourself the benefits, it’s worth waking up earlier and take a bit time before bed to practice both. Because when you meditate you are at a deeper state than sleep, it actually provides you some rest, making the less of a need for extra sleep or strong coffee to stay awake. Give it a try!
Here are some resources for meditation:
- The meditation bible: I really love this book because it gives simple directives to meditate and there are more than 100 types of meditations which gives you the opportunity to experiment and try the one that suits you best. Highly recommended.
- Meditation oasis: even for an experimented meditator, it is nice to listen to guided meditation every now and then. I love the free podcasts meditations of meditation oasis. Mary has a soothing voice and guides you peacefully in letting go, rest, gain awareness or destress. Try a few of them; it’s a great way to start meditating.
- A quick read and great introduction to mindfulness and meditation is Thich Nhat Han’s book The Miracle of Mindfulness. An inspired read.
Although I always recommend taking at least a few classes to get the alignment right in the poses, you can start a practice at home with a yoga mat. Be however careful in listening to the directives and to listen to your body not to hurt yourself.
- Tara Stiles workouts are a great way to start because they are easy to follow, her voice is soothing and relaxing. The workouts are short as well (5 to 10 minutes), so you have no excuses not to fit 5 minutes to do a bit of yoga and if you have more time you can do a couple of them. You can either find her workouts on youtube or her podcast on itunes.
- Yoga today has one weekly free yoga class which are usually great.
Once you have done a few yoga routines you get to learn poses and you can make up routine on your own (count five breaths on each pose). It gets fun.
I haven’t done yoga in parks. It’s enough to have a small place at home to put a mat and practice. If you wish to do it in a park I would just recommend going when there is still enough daylight and where it feels safe to you.
Let me know how it goes and if you enjoy it!
Happy yoga and meditating :)
I’ve also found that shifting the bulk of your weight from your palms to your fingers will help with this slipping problem. When we walk, we utilize the whole of our feet, right up to our toes, to maintain balance. When we handstand, we must discover the strength of pushing into our fingers to find that center point of balance. This strength we find in our fingertips runs all the way up the tops of our arms to the tops of our shoulders and into our backs. (Sorry, I don’t know the exact muscle groups or anything.) In down dog, by releasing the weight from our palms, we soften the pressure on our wrists and activate this hidden finger power! Not to mention our fingertips are specially designed to prevent slipping :P I’m not certified or anything, so I don’t know if this is harmful in any way, just observations from my own practice!