Meditation, Mindfulness & Yoga

By Flora Spink | Articles and videos to help you achieve calm

What To Do If You're Totally Bored With Planks

Ah, the plank. Some version of it is used in virtually every type of fitness program, from CrossFit to calisthenics to yoga to pilates, and for good reason. As a core exercise, it’s hard to beat, because it trains all the muscles — from your shoulders to your glutes — to work together to support …


Why You Should Never, Ever Skip Savasana

When I first started practicing yoga, I had some serious problems with savasana.<p>I understood why I was moving through downward dogs, chaturangas, and …


How Mindfulness Meditation Can Improve Your Life in Just 3 Minutes a Day

Setting up a life-altering meditation practice is easier than you think.<p>You'd have to be living under a rock not to have been recommended mindfulness meditation by someone in the last few years. Big name entrepreneurs swear by it, whole conferences are dedicated to it, and prominent dissenters have …

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Yoga Nidra: Deep Yogic Sleep To De-Stress Your Mind

by Z Living Staff<p>Yogic sleep, or yoga <i>nidra</i>, is a method of advanced relaxation that can draw you into a deep, replenishing sleep, or provide a …


This Simple Technique Will Clear Your Mind [and Lighten Your 'Mental Load']

The life-changing magic of "thinking clean"...<p>Do you ever feel like you have so many things on your mind that you aren't able to fully focus on <i>any</i> of them?<p>Maybe you're trying to finish a project at work, but your mind keeps wandering to all of the tasks you have to finish at home, the financial …


Disrupting Meditation: Can An App Really Teach Mindfulness?

I spent a week learning to meditate through tech. I even convinced a Buddhist priest to try a mindfulness app. Here's what happened.<p>For over 20 years, I've considered learning meditation. Quiet spaces! Clean robes! Shaved heads that require no fancy organic hair products! The life of Buddhist monks …


Why Is It So Hard To Relax?

Have you ever asked yourself why it's so hard to relax sometimes? I spent Sunday afternoon on a pontoon boat, cruising around beautiful Lake Chatuge. This pristine oasis in the north Georgia mountains is surrounded by lush green rolling hills. And, unlike many lakes on a hot summer afternoon, Lake …

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Mindfulness for kids: Could an app make your children happier?

A bedtime miracle. Instead of chatting late into the night with his 11-year old brother, my youngest, aged nine, has just conked out within seconds of climbing into his bunk. At first I’m convinced he's pretending. But the gentle rise and fall of his chest tells me that, yes, he's fast …


How To Become More Mindful Using Nothing But A Journal

"Ten times a day something happens to me like this—some strengthening throb of amazement—some good sweet empathic ping and swell. This is the first, …


Yoga For Beginners

What happens in Yoga?<p>Yoga is not just a workout. You will be coming to class to stretch and strengthen your body, yes. But yoga overall is the …


Thinking Too Much Makes You Miss The World Around You

When our minds are burdened, we lose both our creativity and skills of observation. Time to unwind.<p>"Life moves pretty fast," said Ferris Bueller. "If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it." And according to a new study published in <i>Psychological Science</i>, he was dead right: …

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3 Zen Short Stories with Incredible Depth

Zen stories are ancient words of wisdom from Zen masters. Here we have selected 3 Zen short stories with incredible depth.

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Why I'm Going To Meditate Every Day For A Year

I'm on a mission to meditate for 365 days straight to bring more peace, mindfulness, and stillness into my life....


5 Minute Breathing Meditation to Cultivate Mindfulness

Mindfulness meditation, when practiced regularly, has several benefits. Reducing stress, anxiety, and helping one cope with depression are just a few …


How to Practice Loving-Kindness Meditation

Loving-Kindness is a meditation technique which helps us develop compassion. In this article, you will learn how to practice loving-kindness …


The Secret to Creating a Calm Mind and a Cool Temper

Learn how focusing on your breath for only minutes a day can grow mental strength and resilience.<p>Can you remember a time when you were lying in bed, wrestling with a problem and the entangled emotions surrounding it? Have there been nights when intrusive thoughts and difficult memories keep you …



3 Zen Principles That Will Rock Your World (And Make You Happier!)

There’s no guarantee that you’ll wake up tomorrow.<p>You may know this, but are you really living it?<p>I've spent some time ruminating on this and have …


Why We Put Ourselves Last & Why Self-Care Should Be a Priority

‘Take care of yourself’ motivational message written in modern script calligraphy on a watercolor background texture stain, scalable vector</b> …


Suck at meditation? You may just be doing it right

I suck at meditating. I’m one of those perennially distracted people who knows they need to meditate, has meditated in the past with some success and who knows they should meditate more, but who finds it so much easier to do things like dishes, laundry and exercising than to schedule time to do …


The Transcendent Moment Martha Beck Had After 20 Years of Meditation

How Martha Beck got a few monkeys off her back.<p>I clearly—though unwillingly—recall my first-ever meditation. I was 23, headed for Japan, and I'd purchased a slim volume on Zen Buddhism. Back then I thought meditation seemed a little weird, but you know, when in Tokyo.... So I faced a wall, read and …


Meditation, Mindfulness and Sleep Can Radically Impact Your Success

The entrepreneurial drive that inspires us to work tirelessly in service of our vision is one of the integral components of building a great company from scratch. No game-changing organization has ever been created without diligent sacrifice from individuals who join together in service of a dream …


How to Reduce Anxiety with S.T.O.P Mindfulness Technique

In this article, we will show you a short mindfulness technique which you can use anytime, anywhere to reduce anxiety.


How to Meditate Daily

Contrary to popular belief, meditation is one of the easiest habits you can learn. It is also one of the rare habits which you can do anytime, …


The Beginner's Guide to Chakra Meditation

In this article, we will focus on the seven main chakras and a simple Chakra meditation technique meant for beginners.


So Hum Meditation Technique

So Hum meditation is a simple yet effective technique that uses breath and repetition of a mantra to achieve mental tranquility.


Teach doctors mindfulness to avoid blunders, expert says

Teaching doctors and nurses mindfulness can help them prevent errors during treatment of patients it has been suggested.<p>Medical blunders have included leaving ‘foreign objects’ inside a patient after surgery, operating on the wrong body part or providing an incorrect prescription.<p>Just last week it …


How to Beat Workplace Stress With Mindfulness Meditation

According to the American Psychological Association, stress has become a major health problem in the United States, especially work-related stress. Most of us have to deal with work-related stress at some time or another, but are we fully aware of the consequences?<p>Research has shown that too much …


5 Mindfulness Techniques That Will Improve Your Relationships and Make You a Better Leader

You know that mindfulness can improve your health. Turns out it can also make you a better manager.<p>Greater mindfulness can make you a much more effective leader. It will give you better insight on both employees and customers, and help you make better decisions. That advice comes from Charles …