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Time Out for Meditation – By Liz Swenton

Happy New Year! As we wind down from a few chaotic weeks, it’s back into the swing of work and routines. Thankfully, I’ve been successfully meditating EVERY DAY for a month now and this morning’s transition into “normalcy” was an easy one.

On December 7th, I had the pleasure of attending Ryma Bielkus’ workshop, Learn to Meditate: Tackle Your “Mon-Stressors.” Prior to the workshop, I was terrible at meditating. I would fidget, check the clock, see what’s new on Instagram or even take a sip of wine. These distractions were all defeating the purpose of meditation and making me more stressed out.

meditationThis workshop couldn’t have come at a better time because the holidays are always filled with mon-stressors. Ryma shared information on the history of meditation, why she became interested in meditation and even lead us through a guided practice. What really resonated with me is that Ryma, mother of FOUR children, always made time for meditation because it was important to her. If meditation is just another item on your to-do list, then it probably isn’t for you.

I left the workshop motivated, inspired and ready to meditate. Since then, I have successfully meditated at least once a day for fifteen minutes. One thing I’ve learned (and love) about meditation is that it’s very customizable. Meditation can be done anywhere, in any position and at any time. My favorite time of day to meditate is right when I get home from work before settling into “home mode.” I also really enjoy meditating in Viparita Karani (legs up the wall) or Supta Baddha Konasana (reclined bound angle). It’s also important to choose a mantra that resonates with you and there are thousands to pick from. For me, the feeling after meditation is very similar to the post-savasana “high.” Ahh!

In this recent Boston Magazine article, HYL co-founder Vyda Bielkus mentions that instead of New Year’s resolutions, she focuses on making small changes and daily choices. I am grateful and thankful for the HYL community, because with the studio’s help, my daily choice to meditate has become within reach and attainable for the remainder of 2015 and beyond!

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