Instant Calm: Meditations for Stress Resilience

Instant Calm: Meditations for Stress Resilience

See more guided meditations from Julie at Spirituality and Health Magazine: https://spiritualityhealth.com/blogs/downward-blog-a-life-in-yoga

SLEEP

This meditation involves visualizing a beautiful, lush garden space full of flowers with healing capacities. It is gently hypnotic, suggesting calm and relaxation, encouraging a restful sleep, while giving your mind just enough to do that you can let go of whatever you might be thinking about. Even if you do not fall asleep, this meditation is relaxing enough to give you some rest and allow your body to enter into the healing parasympathetic nervous system state. You can listen to it to help you fall asleep at night or to help you relax and hopefully return to sleep if you wake up in the night.

 

UNWIND

This meditation will help you let go of whatever has been happening in your day, relax tension in your body, and shift from a stress state of mind to a relaxed state of mind. This can be used at the end of a workday, after a stressful experience, or before you go to sleep at night.

 

RISE UP

This meditation will help you access focus, energy, and confidence to start your day or to prepare for a challenging situation. With a deeper breath and a connection to intention, this meditation will help you rise up to whatever challenges you may be facing today.

 

BREATH

This meditation will teach you a simple, subtle breathing technique that you can do anytime, anywhere, even in public! No one needs to know that you are doing this breath in the middle of a meeting. The meditation will guide you through two different versions that you can take with you and practice as needed. This meditation is appropriate any time of day.

 

STRETCH

This simple guided stretch routine will help to deepen the breath and gently release neck and shoulder tension and ease back pain. It may be used to help wake up in the morning or to help slow down and calm down before bed at night. You may like a yoga mat, carpet or towel, and if you have yoga blocks you can use them, but you don’t need them. 

 

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Julie Peters is a writer and yoga teacher who co-owns Ocean and Crow Yoga studio in Vancouver, BC, with her mom, Jane. She is the author of two books and the creator of three audio courses: Stress Management Skills for Real Life, Moon Goddess Meditations, and How to Make a Living as a Yoga Teacher, plus numerous online classes and guided meditations via Spirituality and Health Magazine, where she is a staff writer. She is the author of Secrets of the Eternal Moon Phase Goddesses: Meditations on Desire, Relationships, and the Art of Being Broken (SkyLight Paths 2016) and WANT: 8 Steps to Recovering Desire, Passion, and Pleasure After Sexual Assault (Mango 2019). Follow her @juliejcp

Writer, yoga teacher, studio owner. @juliejcp