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Meditation and Gratitude Techniques

I took my last meditation class through school for the semester today, which was sad. However, I am excited to continue practicing on my own now that I am comfortable with the techniques from this course and the Restorative Yoga and Meditation class at Barre & Soul (one of my faves)! I’ve really enjoyed learning more about meditation this semester, and I am now able to ground myself more easily.

A while ago, one of my favorite barre and yoga teachers, Angel, shared this amazing quote during meditation in her class: “In dreams we often have no control. But in this practice, you are the creator of your dream. Embrace that authorship.”

This really stuck with me and I love it. In yoga, meditation, barre, or whatever your relaxation technique or passion is, embrace the control you have to make the practice fully yours and the best it can be. Coming to yoga or barre classes allows me to take a break from life’s stressors and ground myself when I feel like things are overwhelming in life.

I wanted to share a few meditation exercises I learned recently and thought were lovely.

Here is the first one: Think of someone you know who needs extra love or support, and channel your positive energy and thoughts toward them. Sit in a comfortable position and breath in and out, just focusing on sending positivity towards them. I love this because it’s always nice to be thinking of others and maybe in this way, we can improve our loved ones’ days a bit - or even just let them know they are cared for.

This is another meditation technique I enjoyed recently: while walking home after barre class, I decided to try some meditation to find some calm in a busy week. I took deep slow breaths and with each breath I thought of something I was thankful for. These things ranged from small things like fun socks to very important things like my family.

I continued this mindful gratitude for 45 minutes all the way home, and it considerably improved my mood! I noticed the beauty in my environment and day much more. Thanksgiving isn’t the only time to think about what you’re thankful for, and I’m so glad I did this gratitude exercise and I encourage you to try it as well! I hope it will bring a smile to your face as you visualize your favorite things.


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