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Posts by Rolf Sovik, PsyD

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Articles / Yoga Practice
Finding Time for Meditation
Given the many commitments of everyday life, how do we convince ourselves to meditate daily? One approach is to examine our conception of time itself. How we think about time, it turns out, affects how we use it.
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Rolf Sovik, PsyD
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Articles / Yoga Practice
Concentration and Mindfulness: Cornerstones of Meditation
Does your meditation practice ever feel uninspired, like you are showing up for it but nothing is happening? Rolf Sovik explains how reviewing the two core features of meditation—concentration and mindfulness—can revitalize your practice, and he offers an illuminating review of each and how they come together.
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Rolf Sovik, PsyD
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Articles / Yoga Practice
5 Simple Yoga Practices to Bring You Lasting Peace of Mind
Silence is calming, refreshing, and restorative. It cleanses and quiets our mind and heart. Rolf Sovik offers five simple yoga practices to reconnect our body and breath, and center our mind in a peaceful, nurturing silence.
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Rolf Sovik, PsyD
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Articles / Meditation
Tips to Improve Your Meditation Pose
When your sitting pose is comfortable and steady, it allows your energy to flow more easily and your meditation practice to blossom. Rolf Sovik offers simple tips on how to adjust your alignment, so that your posture becomes a gateway to the quiet, illumined spaces within you.
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Rolf Sovik, PsyD
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Articles / Yoga Practice
Beginner’s Guide to Bandhas
The three yogic locks, or bandhas, are fundamental practices of yoga. Learn the importance and benefits of these locks—throat (jalandhara bandha), stomach (uddiyana bandha), and root (mula bandha)—and how to combine them in a simple technique that can easily be integrated into your asana practice.
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Rolf Sovik, PsyD
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Articles / Yoga Practice
Seamless Breathing for a Quiet Mind
Just as a skillful musician creates a seamless, flowing melody, we can learn to breathe in a smooth, unbroken way that quiets the mind, opening the door to self-discovery. In these breath-refining practices, Rolf Sovik leads us from simple breathing to awareness of the breath in the nostrils to coordinating the flow of the breath with the sound of the mantra so’ham.
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Rolf Sovik, PsyD
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Articles / Meditation
Advanced Meditation: How to Do a Purashcharana
Transform your life and transfigure your mind with the practice of purashcharana, a time-honored approach to intensifying your meditation practice. Rolf Sovik explains how to undertake a purashcharana from start to finish, including the prerequisites, how to overcome obstacles, and ways to deepen and enhance your practice.
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Rolf Sovik, PsyD
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Articles / Wisdom
Finding Faith in the Spirit of Yoga
The practice of yoga begins with faith (shraddha). In this clear, thoughtful explanation of the concept of faith according to yoga, Rolf Sovik shares a moving story that illustrates the power of faith to sustain us through times of crisis, and offers various ways to cultivate our faith.
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Rolf Sovik, PsyD
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Articles / Sacred Texts
Brilliance of a Thousand Suns: A Cosmic Vision in the Gita
“The brilliance of a thousand suns” describes the cosmic form of the Divine revealed in the Bhagavad Gita. Learn why this vision was given as a gift of love to a sincere devotee, and what profound truth the vision reveals.
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Rolf Sovik, PsyD
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Articles / Meditation
The Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra: Heal Yourself, Heal the World
Hailed by the sages as the heart of the Vedas, the Maha Mrityunjaya mantra can help you tune into the healing force that is always at work within you, supporting your growth, lifting you up in times of trouble, and reminding you of the higher aim of life. In this article, Rolf Sovik unveils one of yoga’s most powerful, nourishing mantras.
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Rolf Sovik, PsyD
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Classes / Relaxation
Relaxation: Guided Breath Awareness
Let your mind and body rest deeply in the tranquility of breath awareness in this guided practice. Softening into the nourishing inhale and cleansing exhale, observe how your body breathes without conscious effort. Allow disruptive thoughts and feelings to simply pass through your mind, and let the subtle sound of the breath, so’ham, anchor your awareness as your mind and body relax completely. Format: .mp3 audio file with download Length: 10 mins
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Rolf Sovik, PsyD
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Articles / Wisdom
A Prayer for Peace
In the yoga tradition, peace is invoked by reciting a mantra known as a shanti patha, with the goal of creating harmony in our environment, with fellow beings, and within our own soul. Learn a peace invocation from the Yajur Veda that is cosmic in scope, rich in imagery, and sonorous in its Sanskrit cadence.
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Rolf Sovik, PsyD