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Posted by Siobhan on Wednesday, September 14, 2011 · 42 Comments This is a pep-rally post: I want you all to do the challenge , and I want to make it easier because meditation can seem really hard! Actually, though, it’s not that hard—it’s really not. But I didn’t know that before, and so, herewith, 11 things that might make a daily meditation practice feel a little more manageable. I know everyone’s practice is totally different! So this is just me sharing what I have learned, because had I known these things when I started (and stopped, and started, and stopped), I think it might have stuck with it a lot sooner.
Sitting at your desk all day can literally be a pain in the neck. This 4-minute video from GAIAM yoga instructor Rodney Yee can help loosen tight neck and shoulder muscles, relieving stress. If you carry a lot of your stress in your shoulder area, these quick exercises are a great relief. The nice thing about desk yoga stretches is you don't need a lot of space or time to do them, but you can feel the effects right away.
Yoga For Bedtime Whether you are a night owl who would rather be a morning bird, have trouble falling asleep at night, or just need a little extra help relaxing before going to sleep, doing a little yoga before bedtime can help. This routine—which you can do in bed—will put your body and mind to rest, helping you to sleep soundly through the night so you can wake up rested and fresh for the morning. No sleeping pills required! First things first. Get ready for bed.