For yoga teachers and serious students, “Best Yoga on the Web” is your hand-picked guide to this week’s best of the best yoga and meditation from around the world. This week – a great meditation app, mindfulness hits the cover of TIME magazine, and Mothering With Mindfulness.
Stop, Breathe, and Think is a new meditation app from the non-profit organization Tools For Peace (TFP). They got together a great team and made an awesome app – it makes meditation accessible and fun, and explains the basics and the benefits super clearly. For example, here’s how they describe one of the benefits of mediation:
Have you ever been in a bad mood and didn’t know why? You can practice mindfulness to figure out what’s going on in your head, and to see how it’s impacting your feelings and actions.
After a quick registration, when you start the app, you to take 10 seconds to check in with how you are feeling. Based on your responses, you are given a couple of meditations in the 5 to 10 minute range, with names such as “body scan, compassion, and equanimity.” The app keeps track of your progress, emotions, check-in streak, and provides stickers.
I particularly like that the maker of the app, TFP is reaching out to youth with a mindfulness and compassion based curriculum, after-school programs, and summer camps for teens. Give Stop, Breathe & Think a try, it might just become a daily healthy habit!
MINDFULNESS HITS THE COVER OF TIME MAGAZINE
Next week’s cover of TIME magazine features “The Mindful Revolution.” Sometimes I wonder if yoga and meditation are as popular as I think they are, or if I just notice things because they are passions of mine. According to the TIME article, if you live in Silicon Valley, eyebrows are raised if people hear you are NOT practicing meditation! I’m doing my part to make this the norm everywhere. Pretty basic article, but TIME is good for getting the word out.
MOTHERING WITH MINDFULNESS
As a new parent, just the name of the blog, “Mothering With Mindfulness” got me excited! For new parents trying to find our way while keeping to our yoga and meditation roots, Kim Corrigan-Oliver provides lots of mindfulness based inspiration. Kim’s advice is not so much “how to”, as leading by example. Kim, her husband, and son live in a converted one room school house, grow much of their own food, and provide home schooling. Definitely check out what’s going on at Mothering With Mindfulness.
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