How to Walk Mindfully?

Did you know you can practice mindfulness while walking?

A walking meditation is a simple practice for developing awareness in the body, mind and spirit. When we walk, we often go into an autopilot mode. However, this 10-step walking meditation will help you stay mindful, calm and relaxed.

  1. Find a space to walk. It could be outdoors, or even inside a hallway or a room.
  2. Pause before you begin and focus your awareness into your body. Feel the sensation of your feet as they touch the ground.
  3. Gently, take one deep breath. With your eyes open, walk at a natural pace or a little slower than your normal pace.
  4. Pay attention to the sensations in the soles of the feet with each step.
  5. Observe the changes in pressure, texture and sensation.
  6. Be aware of where you’re going but keep your attention with the feeling on the soles of the feet.
  7. If your mind wanders away, gently bring your focus back to your feet.
  8. As you continue walking, expand your attention to what you can see. Notice the various colors, shapes, movements and light and shade around you.
  9. Now further expand your attention to the sounds around you, without judging whether they are pleasant or unpleasant.
  10. In the final moments, bring your awareness back to the physical sensations on the soles of the feet.

When you’re ready to finish, pause once again. Take one deep, mindful breath. Carry on with the rest of your day.

To learn more about meditation techniques for anxiety, get in touch with the leading stress coach online in San Francisco, California, The Big Yogi, Nick Palladino, at nick@thebigyogi.com or call 707-293-5415. Nick inspires, teaches and leads others towards their own light and life purpose.

Nick Palladino-King teaches students and clients how to reduce stress, to increase happiness and to elevate health through yoga, wellness coaching and strength training.

Looking to take your fitness to the next level?

Achieving your fitness goals may not always be easy, especially if you set high expectations for yourself. Whether you want to add muscle mass, lose weight, increase flexibility, or improve strength, it may be daunting to find the right program and follow it consistently.

Fortunately, Yoga helps you achieve all these goals and overall well-being, fitness, and health.

The Most Intensive Workout

Most workout routines use only a specific set of muscles but Yoga makes you exercise all your muscles, giving you a full-body workout. You train your arms, legs and core at the same time. This is extremely beneficial whether you want to improve muscle tone or build a stronger body and saves you time as well.

Improve Mental Strength

To hold Yoga poses for the required time, you need to concentrate. When you learn to push your body out of the comfort zone, you not only improve physical endurance but also mental strength. This mental toughness can further help you improve your Yoga practice.

Enhance Flexibility

You may not have ‘flexibility’ as one of the fitness goals on your list, but it is one thing that can help –

  • improve your range of motion
  • make movements efficient, correct and easy
  • make your muscles to work harder]
  • get faster results in improving fitness
  • give you an edge in a competitive sport

For group and private yoga classes in San Francisco, California, call The Big Yogi, Nick Palladino, at nick@thebigyogi.com or call 707-293-5415. Nick inspires, teaches and leads others towards their own light and life purpose.

Nick Palladino-King teaches students and clients how to reduce stress, to increase happiness and to elevate health through yoga, wellness coaching and strength training.

Yoga and Weightlifting: Drop the Dogma and Just MOVE!

I get a lot of flak for being into yoga and weightlifting.

Yogis tell me that weightlifting hinders one’s practice because it is aggressive and decreases flexibility. Other teachers scoff at me for not being a “purist.” Students assume that I teach power yoga because I wear athletic clothing, work as a personal trainer and own a gym.

On the other hand, weightlifters tell me that yoga is for women. Men decline to train with me because they say that a yogi could not push them as hard. Other trainers agree that I attract mainly female clients because I am also a yoga teacher.

I used to believe them. Not only did I separate yoga and weightlifting, but I also ranked them. I stopped lifting weights for several years because I deemed it less sacred than my yoga practice. I even argued with my father that yoga was better than weightlifting.

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Nick Palladino-King teaches students and clients how to reduce stress, to increase happiness and to elevate health through yoga, wellness coaching and strength training.