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December 27, 2021
mixed forms TSY practice for the week of Dec 27

Moving in new ways As 2021 moves towards its close, I'm looking forward to what I can continue and what I can change, one day at a time. Movement practices will continue for sure, and I hope this one is useful to you!   Listen to "Mixed Forms TSY Practice for the week of Dec […]

December 24, 2021
revisiting bias and self awareness

thoughts what we don't know we have Even five years ago, unconscious bias wasn't something most of us had heard about. With research and campaigns to make us aware of this often destructive force, we have greater awareness these days --largely awareness of what we don't know and are not entirely aware. Or I hope […]

December 20, 2021
standing connections, a mini moves practice

What energizes you? What "grounds" you? I invite you to consider these questions throughout this week's mini moves practice --or walking through your day! You might have a concrete concept or sense of what feeling energized or "grounded" is like for you, and it's just as likely that you have a sort of fuzzy definition […]

December 17, 2021
revisiting a practice for compassion building

practicing compassion Compassion is both second nature to us and something we need to practice because it doesn't always arise in moments when it can be the most healing or helpful. I hope you'll try out this version of Sat Yam meditation with a thought to nurturing compassion either towards your self or towards others […]

December 13, 2021
counted breathing TSY practice for the week of Dec 13

A reliable count Just like counting sheep can be soothing (or not), so can counting your breathing be useful (or not!). In this practice, I guide you through a practice of counting when you choose to see whether it's useful to you.   Listen to "Counted breathing TSY practice for the week of Dec 13" […]

December 10, 2021
revisiting compassion and meditation

where do you find compassion? I'm bringing back an episode from the archives in which I share some thoughts on what compassion is, particularly through the lens of compassion meditation practices. Tune in next week for a follow-up practice!   Listen to "What is Compassion - Recast Ep 188"   Be moving, be true, be […]

December 6, 2021
side body moves, a mini moves practice

All the sides In this Mini Moves episode of Moved to Heal, I put together some hands and knees movements that emphasize the side body (really, the whole torso) and move towards a seated or standing finish so that you can move on to the next thing from the transition that you prefer.   Listen […]

December 3, 2021
focusing on a movement pathway

Moving along your own way The pathway of the figure 8 breath is the heart of the practice this week. Moving your attention along it --using the body as the frame for the figure 8 (I describe what that means in the episode!). I like the idea of finding our way to focus or stillness […]

November 26, 2021
revisiting a practice for attention

finding your focus This week's meditation episode is a follow up to last week's on attention. It's a practice that might help you pay attention. If you'd like, you can reflect on whether it does or doesn't, and perhaps where you choose to put your focus throughout the day! You can also ignore all that […]

November 22, 2021
prone forms TSY practice for the week of Nov 22

Choosing rest for the holiday The holidays can be a time of intense activity, festive gatherings, and constant attentiveness to something or someone. I hope there are also moments to choose rest or whatever else you need. This week's practice offers some time lying on the belly, which might be a way to check in […]

November 19, 2021
revisiting the science of attention

finding space for attention This week, I'm rebroadcasting an episode from the archives --inviting you into some findings about how meditation can affect (improve?) one's capacity to focus or pay attention to something. Whether that's a goal of yours or you'd prefer maybe to reflect on where you put your attention in life, I hope […]

November 15, 2021
sun salute wake up, a mini moves practice

Reconnect Stillness is powerful. And extended stillness can stick around in our bodies in ways that aren't always comfortable. Sometimes, even a short movement practice can go a long way to "shake off" any stickiness that builds up from sitting, sleeping, or otherwise being still in one form for a long time. Enjoy!   Listen […]

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