8 Tips To Up Your Meditation Game
We all know the benefits of incorporating meditation into our daily routine, but taking the steps to make it a lifestyle may be a challenge for some. In order to help students dip their toes into the meditation game, Mirepoix teachers shared their favorite meditation tips and tricks. Check them out below!
Stephanie Lewis: Find an App to Guide You
The Stop, Breathe & Think app was created as an app dedicated to teaching the skills of mindfulness and meditation to inner-city teens but has grown into so much more. It invited users to stop what they’re doing, practice mindful breathing and strengthen their force field of peace with personalized meditations and activities.
Lauren Grosskopf: Take a Breath When You Can
I take 5 minutes out of my daily commute to do a guided meditation focusing on my breath. I always feel refreshed after.
Claire Ridge: Take a Minute Before Bed
I usually meditate right before bed and focus on my breath if my mind won't settle. Sometimes I count my inhales and exhales. Sometimes I visualize the breath filling up the base of my belly, expanding my ribs outward, and finally, lifting my chest. As I exhale, I visualize the breath traveling right back down. My chest relaxes, my ribs contract and my belly softens. I repeat this technique a few times to just reground.
Kristie Kahns: It Doesn’t Have to be Complicated
I do not have a meditation practice. I feel that a pranayama (breath) practice, done after asana (movement), can be more approachable and calming.
Siobhan Carey: Find a Book That Resonates
I love the book Journey to the Heart! It helps me focus on something when I'm first sitting down to meditate.
Caitlin Kalosky: Focus on Short Meditations
Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga by Katrina Kenison and Rolf Gates is a wonderful book with short meditations to read daily focusing each reading on the eight limb path of yoga.
Lauren Bellagamba: Find Something to Guide You
I like to use the book The Radiance Sutras by Lorin Roche in my meditation practice.
Leta Stevens: Guided Apps Are Very Beneficial
Headspace has hundreds of themed sessions that range from stress and sleep to focus and anxiety — all broken down into bite-size meditations for your busy life!
Lindsey Bliss: Be Realistic
If you’re new to meditating — don’t try to meditate for an hour. Make it easy and available to yourself. Start with 5 to 10 minutes. Count to six with your breath. 1(inhale), 2 (exhale), 3 (inhale), 4 (exhale), 5 (inhale), 6 (exhale). Repeat. Headspace is also an amazing app if you don’t know where to start or enjoy guidance