A Sequence to Beat Restlessness + Prep for Meditation

Did your self-reflection reveal a rapid breathing pattern? Was your jaw clenched? Were you feeling anxious or irritable? Many of us are regularly in overdrive, and coming to sit for meditation at the end of a hectic day can feel like a jolting brake...

What Are Mala Beads? And How Do I Use Them?

We love to wear our yoga, from tees to tattoos to jewelry that expresses our devotion to the practice. Malas, strands of 108 beads plus a "guru" bead traditionally used for meditation and prayer, are the newest trend in wearable yoga, with designers making mala necklaces that combine...

17 Poses to Prep for Mindful Meditation

  Not all meditation practice has to happen sitting perfectly still in Lotus Pose. By focusing your awareness inward, on the breath and the way your body moves through transitions and feels in poses, you’ll reap many of the same rewards that seated meditation provides—
heightened focus,...

Elena Brower’s Sequence to Strengthen Core Connection

Today, we’ll work on strengthening your core with a few standing postures, which will help you feel the relationship between your core and steadiness—
both physically and energetically. Warm up by holding Down Dog for a few breaths to stretch your limbs and muscles. Then, as you...

A Heart-Opening Yoga Sequence with Elena Brower

ace, where you receive and give love. ELENA BROWER UPDATED: MAY 16, 2017 ORIGINAL: SEP 8, 2016 Today, we’ll practice moving your attention into your chest and heart space, where you receive and give love. By opening your wrists, collarbones, and upper...

Move Into Meditation with Shiva Rea’s Prana Flow Pranams

Tadasana with Anahatasana and Jaya Mudra Mountain Pose with heart opener and victory mudra Rise to standing, with your hands at the base of your spine or together at your heart, as you root your feet into the earth and draw energy up your legs and along...

Alan Finger’s Energy-Clearing Yoga Sequence to Prepare for Meditation

  Zev Starr-Tambor Yoga Journal’s new online Master Class program brings the wisdom of world-renowned teachers to your fingertips, offering access to exclusive workshops with a different master teacher every six weeks. In April, Alan Finger will share ISHTA meditation practices. If you’re ready to get...

Get Your Sit Together: 7 Best Meditation Cushions to Support Your Practice

  Meditation cushions can make all the difference when it comes to a successful, comfortable meditation practice—for beginners and experts alike. Here are the best meditation cushions to support your practice. As if sitting still for more than 10 minutes isn’t hard enough, try sitting on...

Can You Buy Your Way to Enlightenment?

  From virtual reality to the Somadome, Yoga Journal investigates five meditation aids to find out if they actually work. Courtesy of Somadome I don’t want to mess with your meditation practice. Not today, not ever. And if you haven’t joined the countless who have discovered meditation’s gifts, now...

“I Tried 40 Days of Yoga, Meditating, and Chanting at 4 a.m. Every Morning”

  Sadhana involves two and a half hours of yoga, meditation, and chanting starting 3 a.m. for 40 days. One early morning last November, my doorman, Jose, who usually says it like it is, took one look at me and said, “What happened to you? You used to look...