Today, I want to talk about body scanning. Body scans is a yoga practice to help calm the mind and prepare oneself for meditation. It is also a technique to connect with the present moment and a higher being. In today's world, it is easy to get lost in one's thoughts. Practicing body scans can help with moving beyond thoughts and to one's physical self and more.
I recommend doing this practice after exercising or doing some type of movement - like walking, weights, or an asana practice.
You can start with larger parts of body (ex. sensing your legs, trunk, head). Then you can practice opposites (ex. the left leg, right leg; left arm, right arm; left ear and right ear).
Here are two YouTube video for a meditation I did outdoors at a park in 2015. I hope to get better audio in the future, so stay posted!
For the next video, The Parrots from Telegraph Hill seem to have traveled to other parts of San Francisco. And boy, do they like to let everyone know they are around. For this edition, they fortunately didn't squawk at audible distance, but boy were they having lots fun before this recorded version. Going with the flow with nature was an opportunity for me to practice mindfulness!
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