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Compassion Meditation
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February 27, 2012 12:25 PM PST
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Copy and paste this meditation to your Word program to print out. Practice this meditation to create more compassion for yourself and others. Put the meditation in your pocket, wallet, schedule- places you can easily access it to re-read to yourself. Then, begin giving it to loved ones. Then perhaps- share it with all beings... your barista, leave it in a book that you're returning to the library, leave it on the seat on the bus... you never know who may find it and need it.

Enjoy!

May I be Happy
May I be Healthy
May I live in Safety
May I be Free of all Suffering

May You be Happy
May You be Healthy
May You live in Safety
May You be Free of all Suffering

May All Beings be Happy
May All Beings be Healthy
May All Beings live in Safety
May All Beings be Free of all Suffering

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Urban Winter Retreat Yoga Nidra Practice
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January 18, 2012 12:59 PM PST
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We had an amazing time at the 1st Annual Yoga Empowered for Chronic Conditions Urban Winter Retreat this past weekend! This is the Yoga Nidra practice we did together.

I'm creating a workbook of practices for the Retreat participants of all practices we did together for them to continue practicing mindfulness and Yoga every day. I hope you enjoy this practice! I'm so relaxed after listening and editing I'm all blissed out ;o)

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This photo was taken by YE friend & student Michelle at the Good Shepherd Center at our Urban Retreat 1.14.12

Alternate Nostril Exhale
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December 11, 2011 02:51 PM PST
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Alternate Nostril Exhale Technique is a wonderful way to immediately yet simply bring balance and calm to your system.

I introduce it to you as a helpful tool to use throughout the Holiday season but in truth it's something I use many times a day throughout the year to help myself.

Use it when on the bus, waiting at the doctor's office, when you need some peace, when your body's frustrating you, when you step into the bathroom,
when you're having tx done... This simple pranayama (breath exercise) technique has helped me keep myself balanced through many challenging
situations.

I even taught it to some nurses while practicing it during a challenging steroid tx I had to do. See how you can apply it to your self care and your life.

Never strain the breath. Always honor your body.
Let me know what you think of this technique- I have a feeling you'll be lovin it.

Happy Holly Jolly!
Rock Your Practice!
^o^
Suz

Awesome Vader Photo by Reis O'Brien- Check out his art at http://heylookatmyart.blogspot.com/2010/12/i-find-your-lack-of-candy-canes.html

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What is Yoga (Empowered)?
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November 02, 2011 01:42 PM PDT
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As I prepare to leave for an Intensive Teacher Training in Yoga Nidra, I wanted to leave you with something special. This is a brief explanation of what Yoga is, what Yoga isn't and how to create Your Yoga (Empowered!) Practice.

I'll let the audio speak for itself.
Namaste.
^o^

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Tx (Treatment) Meditations
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October 15, 2011 11:59 AM PDT
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Several of us this week had some kinda treatment (Tx) goin on. These meditations really helped a bunch of us (including myself) so I wanted to share them with you. I was recently asked again for what Yoga Practices to do when having treatments done. So here we are.

Remember to meet yourself where you are, make no judgment, return to your breath and begin. Begin many times if needed clown That's why it's called Yoga Practice not Yoga Perfect!

Any questions- please let me know!
^o^

For more Yoga Empowered Online for Chronic Conditions please visit
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Now offering 6 week e-Course: Develop Your Personal Practice!
New 6 week e-Course for Chronic Pain Management coming January 2012!

6 Sense Mindfulness Meditation
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September 29, 2011 12:49 PM PDT
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This guided meditation is a great way to become present. Where ever you are, how ever you are- you can always access the present moment by simply focusing your attention on what's going on right here right now. Release the past, the future will arrive on it's own, for right now - just be present.

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Return to your Breath.
^o^

Video: Waking up Yoga Empowered Style: Yoga in Bed Series
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September 15, 2011 11:52 AM PDT
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This is one of my favorite practice sequences inspired by my dear friend Yumiko! I am a grumpus in the morning. This is for the grumpus's of the world to bring themselves from the heart of the grumpus to the heart of taking pleasure in waking to a new day.

Be sure to honor your body & breath in this sequence. Keep in mind you are just waking so go in and out of your poses with gentleness and ease. Also keep in mind you are not on your mat. Be mindful of maintaining gentle movement so you don't launch yourself or injure yourself from practicing on a sudden springboard. clown

Do each pose about 3-6X. If you want to stay & breathe for 3 breaths after each pose- do it - listen to your body- you may want to or not depending on the morning. Even write out the sequence and put it at your bedside so you can roll over and begin.

Any questions- please let me know!
^o^

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Progressively Lengthened Exhale Pranayama Technique
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September 01, 2011 12:25 PM PDT
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This is one of the fastest ways to calm your system and soothe your mind. I LOVE this practice!

Practice with me right here and now- you need nothing but your breath!

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Rock Your Practice, Rock Your World!
^o^

Cooling Breath Technique
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August 18, 2011 10:32 AM PDT
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Yaow - It's hot! Here's a breathing technique you can use to cool your system.

Remember - NEVER STRAIN THE BREATH! You can easily cause yourself a panic attack by pushing to hard. Find a breath speed that's comfortable for you. Your goal in breath practice with me is ALWAYS smooth steadiness and ease no matter what technique we're using. Especially living with any Chronic Condition - we want to soothe your system not aggravate it! Smooth Steadiness & Ease. Please honor your body!

So this technique - You wanna be cool not look cool clown

Find your easy seat. Spine straight and tall, hands on knees or in your lap. Roll your tongue or pucker your lips like you're sipping through a straw.
Inhale- tilt the head slightly looking up as you breathe in coolness at the lips.
Exhale- tilt the head slightly looking downward with your tongue at the roof of your mouth breathing out through the nose.
Gently tilt (not a large movement) the chin up & down not causing any strain.

Practice this technique for 10 breaths or 5 minutes- whatever you've got time for - even doing just a few breaths should help cool you a bit. This breathing technique can be used to bring coolness to your system, to calm the nervous system and to quell hunger or thirst.

Hope this helps you Stay Cool!
Rock Your Practice!

Many thanks to Red Square Yoga Studio in Seattle, Wa. for donating the space to film for you!

^o^

For more Yoga Empowered Online for Chronic Conditions please visit
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Now offering 6 week e-Course: Develop Your Personal Practice!

Yoga Nidra for Well-Being with Suzanne Stephens
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August 04, 2011 05:15 PM PDT
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This is a shorter version of the class I teach once a month - Yoga Nidra for Well-Being in Seattle, Wa. Several students have been asking me to record this for over a year now- thank you!

Please listen to the previous episode - Intro to Yoga Nidra to get the most out of your Nidra practices. There is instruction there as to how to set yourself up and more.

New! Yoga Empowered for Chronic Conditions 6 week e-Course: Develop Your Personal Yoga Practice begins September 4th! Find out more and register here: http://yogaempowered.blogspot.com/p/e-courses.html

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