Category Archives: Meditation

Tantra 101: A Guided Visualization Practice to Open Your Heart


Envision your heart cne as a blossoming flower in this beautiful meditation from Sally Kempton.

Want to invite more love and bliss into your life? Try tapping into the sacred source that emanates from your heart center. Here, Sally Kempton—who teaches YJ’s upcoming course, Tantra 101—guides you through a simple practice to deepen your divine awareness: A beautiful visualization of your heart as a blossoming flower.

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Want to learn how to tap into your innate power? Join our new online course, Tantra 101: Awaken to Your Most Divine Life, led by meditation teacher Sally Kempton. In six weeks you’ll discover Tantra’s potent teachings and practices, so you can transform every breath, movement, and feeling into a pathway to greater insight and peace. Sign up today!

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How to Practice Sama Vritti Pranayama (Box Breathing)

Try Sama Vritti Pranayama (Box Breathing) when you’re stressed, anxious, or upset.

Sama Vritti Pranayama is a powerful relaxation tool that can help clear your mind, relax your body, and allow you to focus. The best part? You can do it anywhere. Just find a comfortable seat with your back supported and feet on the floor.  

  1. Close your eyes. Breathe in through your nose, slowly counting to 4. Feel the air filling your lungs.
  2. Hold your breath here and slowly count to 4 again. Try not to clamp your airways shut. Simply avoid inhaling or exhaling for 4 counts.
  3. Slowly exhale to the count of 4.
  4. Hold the exhale for another 4 counts.
  5. Repeat steps 1–4 for 4 minutes or until you feel calm and centered.

Find other pranayama techniques here

   

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Tantra 101: This Mantra Is Key to Experiencing Divine Energy


Feeling small? Try this short Tantric practice from Sally Kempton to expand your sense of self.

The ancient tradition of Tantra says that every being originates from a sacred source—so why don’t you always feel so “divine”? The next time you’re feeling small, try this simple mantra from Sally Kempton to help you reconnect to the universe and powerfully expand your sense of self.

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Want to learn how to tap into your innate divine power? Join our new online course, Tantra 101: Awaken to Your Most Divine Life, led by meditation teacher Sally Kempton. In six weeks you’ll discover Tantra’s potent teachings and practices, so you can transform every breath, movement, and feeling into a pathway to greater insight and peace. Sign up today!

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A Meditation to Help You Feel Compassion for World Suffering

Being grounded in a compassion practice can help us witness harm and suffering, which lends itself to taking effective action to reduce pain and injustice.

We might like to travel to experience the awe and beauty of other places and cultures, but not anticipate that if we are taking in the 10,000 joys, we are simultaneously entrusted with the 10,000 sorrows. If you are traveling to a country with high rates of poverty, or one that has been impacted by war or economic dependency, you will witness that. Don’t turn away; this is part of the work you came to do. Being grounded in a compassion practice can help us witness harm and suffering, which lends itself to taking effective action to reduce pain and injustice. When working to be present to the pain of injustice—including that caused by travel— I turn to these phrases that I adapted from Buddhist teacher James Baraz. 

A Mantra for Compassion

This is a moment of suffering.  Suffering is a part of life.  May I turn toward this pain with compassion. And allow it to expand my heart and deepen my practice. 

These inquiries are not easy! But they can help you travel responsibly. 

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About our author

Jacoby Ballard has taught yoga for 19 years. Now based in Salt Lake City, Utah, he is the co-founder of Third Root Community Health Center, a worker-owned cooperative and holistic health center in Brooklyn, New York. He has worked with the Yoga Service Council; Insight Meditation Society; Off the Mat, Into the World; Yoga Alliance; and Lululemon on issues of social justice. Learn more about Jacoby’s work at jacobyballard.com. 

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