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    Default Need a short meditation to relax to at the end of class

    I'm looking for a short meditation to read aloud at the end of class. In a class I used to take, the instructor would have us relax in corpse pose on our yoga mats, and read a short relaxation meditation. So I'd like to present something like that to the group I'm working out with now. Any suggestions? Are examples of something that specific posted on the web anywhere that I can get ideas from and maybe even compose one? Thanks!

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    Are you looking for something yoga-related or something belly dance related? At first I thought you meant something belly dance related, but then you went on to describe what had occurred in your yoga class, so I'm a little confused.

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    Shira, I have actually seen a yoga cool down used in a belly dance class with great success. It was in a 2 day workshop with Suzanna Del Vecchio. Both days she had us lie in corpse pose while she said the meditation. I was really surprised, and even a little uncomfortable at first. (I HATE lying on a dirty old floor!) But, the results were wonderful! By merely having us focus on relaxing and breathing I was able to cool down much better than I could have with stretches alone. At the end I felt very relaxed and energized -- which was startling considering how demanding the workshop was for me. (I was still working on endurance at that point.) So, I recommend this as a cool down method.

    Darbla, having said all of that, I have not yet found a recorded version of such a cool down. Perhaps Suzanna has one on one of her videos? Let me look around and see what I can find . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by shiradotnet View Post
    Are you looking for something yoga-related or something belly dance related? At first I thought you meant something belly dance related, but then you went on to describe what had occurred in your yoga class, so I'm a little confused.
    A bellydance class, but meditations like that are used very much more than just in yoga. I attended a reiki class that did the same thing.

    If I could've actually heard what the instructor then was saying well enough to understand it, I would probably remember enough of that one to use as an example to compose my own. But my hearing sucks so bad, I probably ought to start looking at hearing aids (ugh...). I don't even need recorded ones; written ones will do. Thanks for looking, Anala!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darbla View Post
    A bellydance class, but meditations like that are used very much more than just in yoga. I attended a reiki class that did the same thing.

    If I could've actually heard what the instructor then was saying well enough to understand it, I would probably remember enough of that one to use as an example to compose my own. But my hearing sucks so bad, I probably ought to start looking at hearing aids (ugh...). I don't even need recorded ones; written ones will do. Thanks for looking, Anala!
    One of my favorite yoga end of class meditations was the image of floating in a beautiful mountain lake. the instructor would just suggest this with words and then give us a few minutes in silence. I live very close to Mountains so this image was easy to conjure up. A Caveat. Mountain lakes are cold and I have a vivid imagination so while I loved the image I also felt the cold water. A nice tropical ocean image might work.

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    After a quick search, this was all I could find: Yoga Breathing & Relaxation: Yoga Cool Down Exercises | eHow.com

    not much, but it's a start. You may find a yoga DVD that has what you are looking for. My one caveat is that I would treat it like somebody else's choreography and state to you students where you learned the technique.

    Hope this helps -- I am still searching for one I can use at home.

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    Anala

    (now, I have *got* to sign off and get back to work!)

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    Hi Dabla,

    I like this site which I check daily.

    Learn meditation with Wai Lana - host of the world's most beautiful and most watched yoga TV series

    Maybe not long enough to use in class, but inspiring.

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    Thanks everyone. I find your suggestions and advice useful

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    How about Khalil Gibran's piece titled "The Soul of a Dancer" from The Wanderer?


    Once there came to the court of the Prince of Birkasha a dancer with her musicians. And she was admitted to the court, and she danced before the prince to the music of the lute and the flute and the zither.

    She danced the dance of flames, and the dance of swords and spears; she danced the dance of stars and the dance of space. And then she danced the dance of flowers in the wind.

    After this she stood before the throne of the prince and bowed her body before him. And the prince bade her to come nearer, and he said unto her, "Beautiful woman, daughter of grace and delight, whence comes your art? And how is it that you command all the elements in your rhythms and your rhymes?

    And the dancer bowed again before the prince, and she answered, "Mighty and gracious Majesty, I know not the answer to your questionings. Only this I know: The philosopher's soul dwells in his head, the poet's soul is in his heart; the singer's soul lingers about his throat, but the soul of the dancer abides in all her body."

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    Thanks, all! I will check out your suggestions.

    The 10 minute Mind-Body Relaxation here is something like what I'm looking for. I could adapt this to my purposes, but I really want a guided meditation that is a little more 'mystical' in feel:
    Free Online Guided Meditation - Relaxation technique - Lower your stress


    OK, I found some!
    Guided Meditations
    Last edited by Darbla; 01-10-2009 at 10:24 PM.

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