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  • Class Review: Mantra for Meditation with Jeanne Heileman

    The deets.

    Style: Meditation + Pranayama Length: 24 minutes Intensity: Level 1 = All-Levels, Beginner Yoga Video Focus: Mantra Props: Meditation Cushion, Bolster or Block

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    On the teacher.

    Jeanne Heileman's online yoga offerings are typically strong, with clear instruction, and set in a playful environment, focused on discovering a deeper meaning to your practice. Jeanne often threads the yogic practices of pranayama, mantra, and meditation through a flowing asana class.

    On the class.

    • Raise your vibe. Everything vibrates, either on a slow, dull level or a faster, lighter frequency. The vibration of your speech comes from the vibrations of your respiratory system, which are a result of the vibrations of your thoughts. If you can begin to control the vibrations in your mind via mantra or other modes, it can eventually ripple outward past your speech and into your actions and destiny. Powerful stuff!
    • Slow your thoughts. This meditation practice is incredibly calming. When your mind is all over the place and concentration is difficult, this is the solution.
    • Explore mantra. In this meditation, the mantra So Hum is offered. So Hum is a simple, safe, and extremely powerful mantra that works in alignment with any spiritual/religious perspective you might already follow. It is simply a concentration tool. Mantra means "vehicle of the mind." So Hum is simply a vehicle to take your mind to higher realms.
    • Need a boost? This online yoga class is perfect for those times when you feel lower in self esteem and/or lacking any outer support.

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    What people are saying.

    "Thank you Jeanne for this beautiful meditation practice! It is also a great reminder to feel and enjoy those small moments in between everything....will probably does this more often now!"

    "It's all good: practice Jeanne's Finding Your Inner Voice: Mantra and the Fifth Chakra Vinyasa Yoga class, this Mantra for Meditation class, or both together. I'm so calm and present that usually loquacious and mind-going-a-million-miles-a-minute me can't think of much to say! I will take that as an excellent testimony to the good effects of this meditation practice!"

    Dig this meditation? Find more healing online yoga classes with Jeanne Heileman on YogaVibes.

  • Seeds of Intent: Live Creatively

    What exactly does it mean to live creatively? 

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    Does it mean you take it into the woods Thoreau-style? Does it mean you take your self and practice to an ashram? Do you go off the grid? Do you quit your job to put your all into a business idea? Do you write a book? Do you travel? What do you do?

    Well, it could mean one of those things or a combo of those things or something entirely different. The thing is, you only know what it means for you to live creatively. I can't quite tell you what it means. No one can.

    To find that creative place, you gotta be brave and follow your gut. In yoga, we say that you gotta follow your intuition.

    But it could be that you don't really have a gut response going on at the moment. It could be that your intuitive body needs some fine-tuning - a little TLC if you will. If you haven't built up this intuitive body, journeying to that creative place won't flow so naturally. In fact, it won't really flow at all. That's where yoga comes in.

    To build intuition and fine-tune your internal compass, practice this creative, expansive Vinyasa flow with Ashley Turner to stretch your awareness and interior spaces to realize your fullest potential. In this online yoga class, focus on widening the physical and pranic body in every direction to take up more space and strengthen your aura. Also, explore the mantra "I AMPLIFY IN STILLNESS." (64 mins.)

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    Living creatively isn't cake wake. Only hard work will take you into the wilderness of your intuition. Once you get there, however, you won't be disappointed.

  • Practice Tips: Do More of This & Less of That

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    Sometimes yogis, you gotta turn the tables and commit to doing more of one thing and less of another. Inspired by Chris McCombs, I have sequenced together a less-of-this and more-of-that list as it pertains to the yoga practice.

    •  Less theory, more practice. “Yoga is 99% practice, 1% theory.” ~Sri K. Pattabhi Joyce
    • Less perfection, more progress.
    • Less hesitancy, more pushing into your fears.
    • Less attachment to the outcome, more acceptance of the NOW.
    • Less laziness, more taking it to the mat.
    • Less forcing, more flowing.
    • Less stress, more breathing through it.
    • Less thinking, more breathing.
    • Less mulling over thoughts, more mantra.
    • Less mental body, more intuitive body. Bottom-line: Listen to your gut.
    • Less comfort, more change. Don’t get stuck in the trap of security. Live on the edge. Face your fears. Confront challenges. This is where the magic happens! This is really living!
    • Less poker face, more smiles.
    • Less seriousness, more play! It’s simply yoga. Don’t take yourself and the practice so seriously.
    • Less conforming, more doing you! It’s YOUR practice, so do you. Sing your song. Dance your dance.
    • Less clutter, more space. When you de-clutter your life (mentally and physically), you have more space to receive. Toss out the garbage and the unessential.
    • Less comparison, more self-acceptance. Don’t envy the practice of another yogi. By all means, use it as inspiration for your own practice. Don’t, however, get so caught up in wanting your practice to mirror another. This is YOUR practice. Accept it as it is: perfectly imperfect.
    • Less future and less past, more present.
    • Less mental disturbances, more meditation. Meditation is the BEST medication.
    • Less distraction, more drishti. Each pose has a drishti point – a place to direct your gaze. When distractions arise - when your eyes start circling around the room or thoughts start streaming in - remind yourself to direct your focus to that drishti point.
    • Less force, more fluidity. Sometimes when I practice, I imagine myself creating the movements in water. Strength is definitely a huge component of the practice and so is steadiness. The intent is to strike a sweet balance between effort and ease.
    • Less ego, more humility.
    • Less playing it safe, more falling. Falling is a part of this journey. Mistakes are a part of this journey. Scars are a part of this journey. All of this allows you to learn and grow.
    • Less sitting around and thinking about it, more bold action.
    • Less controlling, more letting go.
    • Less catastrophizing, more opportunity-izing. Yes, I made up both of those words. The point is, don’t freak out in the midst of chaos. Consider catastrophes as opportunities in disguise. If you can do this, your life and practice will flow with greater ease.
    • Less wanting, more gratitude.
    • Less “What’s in it for me?,” more “How can I help?” One easy way to help is to breathe not only for yourself, but also for the yogi(s) next to you. If you’re practicing yoga at home solo, breathe for all life surrounding you. Create those elevating vibes!
    • Less excuses for not hitting the mat, more yoga at home or on the go with YogaVibes!

    In your practice, what can you minimize? What can you amplify?

    ~Tess

  • Feature Friday: What’s New?

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    There’s a lot on tap this week. You’re bound to find something that resonates.

    1. Slay Away Your Inner Demons.  Invoke Durga, the Goddess of Fierce Compassion, in this slow flow, online Vinyasa yoga class with Cristi Christensen. Durga, a spiritual warrior, rides around on a tiger and uses a sword to slay inner demons and egos. Use your breath and practice to slay away anything that doesn't serve you.
    2. Bliss Out. Join Universal Yoga developer, Andrey Lappa, in a beautifully balanced online yoga sequence designed to create freedom and bliss in the upper and lower body.
    3. Enjoy an Energetic Venture. Join Andrey Lappa again for an online yoga sequence that incorporates turns on the mat while creating diagonal lines of energy in the body (i.e. left hip and right shoulder), transversal openings (i.e. legs and arms wide, then deeply crossed) and longitudinal openings (straight forward and straight back).
    4. Satisfy Your Joints. Sensei Kim McNeil leads you in an online yoga practice that will help you safely improve the mobility of the upper body joints. You will learn how to properly move the neck, shoulders, and spine in a way that will promote happy joints, plus increase muscular strength. All the while you will get in touch with your inner yoga ninja so you can feel confident, stress-free, and calm.
    5. Achieve Total Balance and Tranquility. This mandala (a geometric symbol representing the completeness, balance and harmony of the universe) online yoga class with Andrey Lappa begins with preparatory pranayamas unique to the Universal Yoga System. Enjoy the post effect of total balance for the upper body, the lower body, the spine, and consciousness.
    6. Uncover Your Inner Voice. Explore the use of Mantra with Jeanne Heileman. This online yoga class focuses on aspects of the Fifth Chakra, which are connected to sound and vibration. You will join the students in the class vocalizing the mantra "So Hum" as you move through Sun Salutations and poses. At times, things will get quiet as you silently repeat the mantra, feeling the vibrational quality that the mantra provides, resonate throughout the poses. This well-rounded class leads to Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand) and Matseyasana (Fish Pose). It seems pretty simple on the outside, but the students reported that the experience was very powerful on the inside. Give it a try!
    7. Stop the Thought Wheels from Turning. In this online meditation class with Jeanne Heileman, the mantra "So Hum" is offered, after some Pranayama to help establish a focused environment. "So Hum" is a simple, safe, and extremely powerful mantra that works in alignment with any spiritual/religious perspective you might already follow. It can also help fill the void if no perspective exists at this time in your life. This meditation is a really wonderful option for when your mind is racing around a lot and concentration is difficult. It is also wonderful for those times when you feel lower in self-esteem, lacking any outer support. The effects of the mantra are truly powerful, and come in time, after many, many repetitions. It's worth doing!
    8. Open Your Heart.  Join psychotherapist and yoga instructor Ashley Turner for this online yoga class filmed at Exhale Spa in Venice, CA. Open with heart openers and upper back openers for the thoracic spine. Enjoy a challenging Vinyasa flow class and explore backbends from basic to advanced.

    So many fresh and fabulous options. What will you choose?

    ~Tess

  • Mantra + Meditation with Jeanne Heileman

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    If unfamiliar, mantra and meditation may seem mysterious, even overwhelming. Allow Jeanne Heileman to dissolve any mystery and anxiety. Learn about the power of mantra and experience it first-hand in the following online yoga offerings.

    “The biggest thing is to experience it.” ~Jeanne Heileman

    The Use of Mantra

    Listen to Jeanne as she discusses the importance and uses of mantra, as well as the many different kinds and options for mantra in this free online yoga video. To practice mantra, follow up this discussion up with the following online yoga videos.

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    Finding Your Voice: Mantra and the Fifth Chakra in Yoga

    This online yoga practice will explore the use of Mantra throughout the whole class. The practice focuses on aspects of the Fifth Chakra, which are connected to sound and vibration. You will join the students in the class vocalizing the mantra "So Hum" as you move through Sun Salutations and poses. At times, things will get quiet as you silently repeat the mantra, feeling the vibrational quality that the mantra provides. This well-rounded class leads to Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand) and Matseyasana (Fish Pose). It seems pretty simple on the outside, but the students reported that the experience was very powerful on the inside. Give it a try! Follow up this transformative experience with try Jeanne's Mantra for Meditation. (55 mins.)

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    Mantra for Meditation

    Everything vibrates, either on a slow, dull level or a faster, lighter frequency. The vibration of our speech comes from the vibrations of our respiratory system, which are a result of the vibrations from our thoughts. If we can begin to control the vibrations in our mind, it can eventually ripple outward past our speech and into our actions and our destiny. Mantra can be that powerful! In this online meditation class, the mantra "So Hum" is offered, after some Pranayama to help establish a focused environment. "So Hum" is a simple, safe, and extremely powerful mantra that works in alignment with any spiritual/religious perspective you might already follow. It can also help fill the void if no perspective exists at this time in your life. This meditation is a really wonderful option for when your mind is racing around a lot and concentration is difficult. It is also wonderful for those times when you feel lower in self-esteem, lacking any outer support. The effects of the mantra are truly powerful, and come in time, after many, many repetitions. It's worth doing! (24 mins.)

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    Mantra is an amazing tool to get your conscious out of the way – to re-pattern and re-wire negative thoughts and habits in a very subtle, yet effective way. Tap into your graciousness, goodness, and divinity, transform, and raise your vibration.

    ~Tess

    Photo Credit: Seated Meditation via www.naturealmom.com

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