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Movement Meditation


I am no meditation expert- I have meditated occasionally for years, but I have never been very regular about it.  I have learned though that there are many different types of meditations, which is good news- especially for those of us, like me, who have a hard time with the traditional just-sitting-still-type-of-meditation.

This week I enjoyed a little movement meditation.  Movement meditation can translate to practically any action, but especially rhythmic or repetitive movements like walking or dancing.  For those of you interested in walking meditation, here is a link to more information from Austin-based yoga and meditation teacher, Charles MacInerney.  He also has information on writing meditations, eating meditations, and mantric meditations.  If dancing interests you, I love Shiva Rea’s Trance Dance DVD or her CD.  It is a fun and challenging introduction to trance dance that aims to “liberate your creative life force.”  I love the way it feels, both spiritually and physically.  I still feel a little crazy when I’m doing it, but it’s a good kind of crazy.

I Heart Shiva Rea


Shiva Rea has been my favorite yogi for a long time. This month, I experienced a few of her practices for the first time.   Surf Yoga Soul is a fun DVD, set on a beach with surf boards, naturally. It’s enjoyable even if you’re not a surfer (which I’m not) and emphasizes wave-related movements of the body within the poses.

Yesterday I did Yoga Journal’s Shiva Rea Free Flow Vinyasa DVD. It was a recorded session from a Yoga Journal Conference. It doesn’t have the gorgeous backgrounds as in other DVDs but Shiva Rea’s words in this practice were so thought-provoking for me.
I LOVE Shiva Rea’s Yoga Shakti, Fluid Power Vinyasa Flow Yoga and Yoga Trance Dance. All three of these have several pre-set yoga practices but they also contain a “yoga matrix” in which you can design your own practices from the different segments. I’ve had these DVDs for years and I’m still not bored with them.