Anyone have a recommendation for a yoga/meditation book?

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paniccu
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   Posted 11/10/2008 10:14 AM (GMT -7)   
I saw a thread about meditation a while back and I've noticed a lot of you practice yoga. I am taking a community education yoga class, but it's only 8 classes. I would be very interested in reading a book that would tie in yoga, meditation and positive thinking. It would be an added bonus if they had illustrations of some of the yoga poses. I tend to forget them as soon as I go home. Anyone have a suggestion? I am going to see what my local library has in stock in a few days. I want to use yoga and meditation to help control my anxiety. I'm not interested in meditation that last for hours, I don't have much free time. Just something I can do for 10 min or 1/2 hour a day. TIA!

stkitt
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   Posted 11/10/2008 10:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Good Morning
 
This is my meditation practice and you could probably add it to your yoga.

Meditation

Choose a quiet spot where you will not be disturbed by other people or by the telephone.

Sit quietly in a comfortable position. Eliminate distractions and interruptions during the period you'll be meditating.

Commit yourself to a specific length of time and try to stick to it.

Pick a focus word or short phrase that's firmly rooted in your personal belief system. A non-religious person might choose a neutral word like one, peace, or love. Others might use the opening words of a favorite prayer from their religion such as 'Hail Mary full of Grace', "I surrender all to you", "Hallelujah", "Om", etc.

Close your eyes. This makes it easy to concentrate.
Relax your muscles sequentially from head to feet. This helps to break the connection between stressful thoughts and a tense body. Starting with your forehead, become aware of tension as you breathe in. Let go of any obvious tension as you breathe out. Go through the rest of your body in this way, proceeding down through your eyes, jaws, neck, shoulders, arms, hands, chest, upper back, middle back and midriff, lower back, belly, pelvis, buttocks, thighs, calves, and feet.

Breathe slowly and naturally, repeating your focus word or phrase silently as you exhale.

Assume a passive attitude. Don't worry about how well you're doing. When other thoughts come to mind, simply say, "Oh, well," and gently return to the repetition.

Continue for 10 to 20 minutes. You may open your eyes to check the time, but do not use an alarm. After you finish: Sit quietly for a minute or so, at first with your eyes closed and later with your eyes open. Do not stand for one or two minutes.

Plan for a session once or twice a day.

You could also check our reference books turn

Your doing great, keep it up. Hugs

Kitt


 

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percycat
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   Posted 11/10/2008 9:51 PM (GMT -7)   
My therapist recommended "Yoga for Depression," and I just got a copy. I haven't even opened it yet - too *swamped* at work - but I'm hoping it will be good. She indicated that the techniques are intended to increase your positive energy, so maybe it will work.

I'll try to use it soon and then report back.

percycat

paniccu
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   Posted 11/12/2008 5:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you!

stkitt
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   Posted 11/12/2008 7:14 AM (GMT -7)   

Morning,

I found one for you in our resource.  You can go to books under resources and put title into search.  The book info all comes up.

The Kundalini Yoga Experience: Bringing Body, Mind, and Spirit Together

Kundalini yoga engages your unique sources of energy -- those that empower your spirit as well as your body. Drawing from the riches of ancient yogic tradition, The Kundalini Yoga Experience offers a system of physical poses, breathing techniques, and focused meditations that, when practiced together, will bring you

Have a really good day.
Hugs
Kitt

 

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paniccu
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   Posted 11/13/2008 1:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Kitt! There are so many different kinds of yoga, I wish I understood them all. I am taking Hatha Yoga. I did order a book from the library called 8 Minute meditation or something. It was in the resource pages. I will see if they have the one you mentioned too.

Sonarman
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   Posted 12/15/2008 1:45 PM (GMT -7)   

I practice Yoga on a regular basis.  I would recommend this book to you as one that I have found quite illuminating, and which discusses all of the various schools of Yoga and their focus.  It well describes the postures including a short section on those which particularly benefit prostate:

Yoga for Men by Thomas Claire

http://www.amazon.com/Yoga-Men-Thomas-Claire/dp/1564146650/ref=sr_11_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1229373627&sr=11-1

My local library has this book available, and so might yours.  Otherwise, you can get it new or used through the link abve from Amazon.
 
Namaste.

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Green Grove
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   Posted 12/15/2008 2:19 PM (GMT -7)   
You can also go to MySpace or YouTube and look up Yoga, Meditation, or whatever, and you will find segments or a full video to practice by. It can be really fun and relaxing :) I just happen to have some problems with a few positions (I'm not a human pretzel :) But one of the tenants of yoga is to go into the positions as much as you can, without causing pain. You are supposed to build yourself up to the complex positions over time :) Good Luck!!!
Much Love, Hugs, Peace & Comfort :)
TTYL,
 
Sam
 
 


Shia
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   Posted 12/15/2008 2:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Hii, for meditation I used
"Relaxing and Breathing for MEDITATION" by GAIAM
It's gentle yoga postures and breathing techniques

Good luck :)
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