Come in and sit a while.
Better yet, roll out your mat and stand.
If you worry you won't "know what to do" or that you'll go long and blow your morning routine, or forget to counterpose (what's counterpose?) or not leave enough time for savasana...
This is for you. (click here, go to "Personal Practice Template.")
A 15 minute audio template composed of questions, cueing you to focus on the exhale, progress your poses, take an inversion if you'd like, a final twist and a minute and a half of savasana - just enough time - at the end. All with a musical bed from Bill Bruedigam, a talented experimental and meditative musician. Have more time, take a longer final relaxation. But if you're trying to include yoga in a contained and still intuitive way, this recording is for you.
Let me know how you use this and what you'd like in the next evolution - leave a comment below.
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As I write this I'm listening to what YogaDork's facebook page called "Lou Reed's final solo album." Go ahead, click on it, it'll open in a new window and you can listen while you read and we'll be listening together. You'll be glad. Unless you're at work or the library, then just read. Released in April, 2007 according to the youtube feed, at least some of these tracks were composed for his personal t'ai chi practice. There's a great write up from Reed on the SoundTrue page where you can purchase the album, which I highly recommend.
These tracks will change your internal resonance, if my experience is any guide. The sounds of singing bowls are prominently featured and I'm not enough of an audiophile to say what else is, but having just had an upsetting experience minutes prior to finding it I can attest it is both calming and heart opening. I think folks call that feeling of coming down out of the stratosphere and feeling present "grounding," though I've never been precisely sure what folks mean when they say that.
You might already know that the music I prefer in my own practice and when recording guided practices is that of Bill Breudigam's Taos Winds, with his gracious permission. The Reed tracks have somewhat different instrumentation but create three-hundred sixty degree inner and outer experience, much like Breudigam's instrumental music and remind me very much of this Silver City, NM musician. His latest meditation release, Chakra, is less than 7 bucks as a download at amazon.com and more re-usable than a latte.
There! You now have all the practice music, both free and paid that you'll need for a while! And Chakra is worth 3 times it's price and you'll listen over and over. Hit play on something and ground those sitting bones - or ischial tuberosities. But we'll cover that in another post.