Alternative Ways of Being #10: Tara Brach Meditation

I’ve been doing a Tara Brach meditation every day this Christmas holiday and the one I did today included a poem by Roger Keyes that I’d love to share.

Taken from Letting Life Live Through You meditation, Tara closed with an extract from Keyes’ poem, Hokusai Says.

Tara Brach is an American psychologist and so wise and connected on all matters of the human spirit so her meditations and talks are deeply profound while still being accessible as the language and approach is non-fluffy and simple.

I would encourage anyone to give her meditations a try, especially if you’re looking to experience meditation and not sure where to start – you might as well start with the best!

My ongoing Alternative Ways of Being blog series is where I share inspirations on interesting ways of thinking and living.

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Turning 41 and My Fitness Story in The Telegraph

As I celebrate my 41st birthday this weekend it’s got me thinking about the privilege of age rather than the horror of it and how content and happy I feel, compared to what society and cultural norms suggest I should be feeling (without traditional markers such as marriage or children). I wrote about this in an Instagram post here.

Feeling content at this point in life is partly down to figuring out what brings out the best in me and mapping my life accordingly. I’m fortunate to have had the freedom and capacity to nurture these aspects in my life: an interesting career that’s evolved with me, a fun and rewarding fitness journey that keeps me challenged and striving for more, and a strong community of friends who share similar interests and ways of thinking, as well as family close by and many other things.

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The Lowdown On Yoga Nidra – Yogic Sleep

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Yoga nidra is an old yogic practice that takes you to a deeply relaxed state between waking, sleeping and dreaming, and can be quite transformative. I’ve been doing yoga nidra as part of my yoga practice for over ten years now and as more of today’s teachers and studios are talking about and offering it, it seems fitting to share the benefits of yoga nidra and how it’s helped me.  

Translated from Sanskirt, yoga nidra means yogic sleep. It’s a guided relaxation technique that leads to a light withdrawal of external senses while connecting to internal awareness and still maintaining full consciousness. Through a systematic sequence of verbal instructions, it helps to release physical and mental tension, relieve stress as well as help with issues such as insomnia and anxiety. 

My teacher, Swami Pragyamurti at the Satyananda Yoga Centre in London treats the advanced classes to a monthly session and beginner classes to one a week, so I’ve experienced firsthand how amazing the practice is.  Now that I’m teacher training and learning to deliver yoga nidra myself, I can share its incredible benefits and see how much people really do love it. 

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