A benefit of the holidays’ timing as the year’s punctuation mark is that they happen to coincide with all of these best-of-the-year roundups. So just when you have the greatest need for meditation and the least amount of time to actually meditate—much less track down a specific technique you want to try—we have conveniently aggregated the best brain-boosting, mind-settling, and Self-illuminating practices we published this year. Happy holidays!
10. A Meditation to Align with Your Shakti
What better time than the holidays to tap into your own unchanging peace, joy, and stillness. It’s in there even when you feel it least. This is where meditation can help. With a regular practice, you can learn to align with something called the universal life force, or shakti in Sanskrit—a primordial energy that animates every atom throughout your body, and throughout the cosmos. Practice withthis shakti-aligning meditation from Richard Miller.
9. Tiffany Cruikshank’s Meditation for Healthy Weight Loss
We look forward to all of the once-a-year treats during the holiday season. But if you notice yourself starting to judge your cookie consumption or your body, take a break to tune into your internal dialogue and break the cycle with this meditation from Tiffany Cruikshank.
8. Bodysensing: Learn to Listen to Your Body in Meditation
You know that light and relaxed feeling of happiness, the uneasiness in your heart, stomach, or gut when you’re upset, or the disconnection from all of it when you get stuck in your head? This bodysensing practice from Richard Miller can help you get out of your head and back into your body.
7. Set an Intention to Give Your Meditation Practice Staying Power
If you’ve meditated, you’ve also likely NOT meditated—when you intended to. Use this intention-setting practice from Richard Miller to help you stay focused on your goal of consistency in meditation.
6. A Self-Love Meditation to Let Go of Intense Emotions
File this one under: ultimate quick fix for holiday stress. Senior Kundalini Yoga teacher Guru Jagat guides us through a sweet and powerful mantra meditation to let go of heavy emotions, get out of our headspace, and find self-love. In the spirit of the season, meditate on “Healthy am I, happy am I, holy am I.”
5. 10-Minute Yoga Nidra Practice to Stress Less
Stop ignoring holiday stress and start managing it. A calming, relaxation practice like yoga nidra, also known as “yogic sleep,” is a highly effective way to do it. By activating the parasympathetic nervous system (which controls your rest-and-digestion response), it helps you enter a state of ultimate relaxation. Go let go with this yoga nidra practice.
4. Gabrielle Bernstein’s Meditation to Bust Through Blocks
Here’s a good one to kick off the new year. Gabrielle Bernstein guides us through the Ego Eradicator. This classic Kundalini meditation is rooted in master Yogi Bhajan’s second sutra of the Aquarian Age: “There is a way through every block.”
3. Discover the Magic of Meditation
Want to make 2017 your year to REALLY stick with a meditation practice? Use Elena Brower’s 5-day plan to get into the groove.
2. 3 Kundalini Yoga Meditations to Release Anxiety
Feeling the out-with-old vibe of the season? Start with your subconscious. These three Kundalini practices passed down by the master, Yogi Bhajan, will help you release fears that cause stress, worry, and anxiety so you can start 2017 with a clean slate.
1. A Sequence + Meditation for Setting Healthy Boundaries
No better time to bolster your boundary-setting skills than the busy holiday season. Follow boundary guru Bo Forbes, PsyD, through an asana and meditation practice to help you start to recognize and trust your gut feelings and radiate truth.