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The Korean Spa Experience

Posted by Jamie Sparks on October 29, 2012 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (5)


A late night in the big city that leaves us with a headache, brings certain assumptions to mind as to how that time was spent. Well what about an all night detox at Jeju Sauna in Atlanta (the mild headache, only from detox and a bit of dehydration). Well that is what a late night in Atlanta looks like to me. Jeju Sauna is a Korean style spa, also...

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Walking meditation

Posted by Jamie Sparks on March 4, 2012 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)

So, maybe thus far, you might think meditation isn't for you, or that you don't have time to meditate, or even that meditation needs to bedone while perfectly still in full lotus with a straight spine.  Well, then here is a newsflash.  None of the above are true.  http://www.transformingourselves.com/Images/Meditation-leaf.jpg" />

Walking meditation can be done anytime, anywhere, it is easily incorporated into your life and doesn't require absolute st...

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Meditation in your daily life

Posted by Jamie Sparks on February 19, 2012 at 11:45 PM Comments comments (0)

So, I initially started writing these particular blog entries, to inspire my regular yoga students to come to yoga class at its normal start time, even though, for a 2 month period, I would be arriving 15 minutes later.  "What a perfect way to begin inspiring and sharing meditiation!" I thought to myself.  In a class just over an hour in a gym setting, where there are always brand new to yoga folks to a variety of years of experiences, it is challenging to create a a class that crea...

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Loving kindness

Posted by Jamie Sparks on February 19, 2012 at 10:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Loving Kindness Meditation-Mettha Bhavana

This Buddhist meditation practice is great for any of us.  How often do many of us feel separate and isolated?  How about struggling with self love?  This meditation can help us develop feelings of selfless love, while healing our confused feelings of separate-ness and cultivating a greater sense of connection.  There are 4 basic quali...

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Vipassana meditation

Posted by Jamie Sparks on February 12, 2012 at 9:55 PM Comments comments (0)

I attended my first Vipassana meditation a couple of years ago for my birthday.  This was a conscious intention to explore and observe myself more deeply and experience 10 days of an inward journey.  An amazing amount of insight can be gained in practicing nothing but meditation for 10 days.  Here is some of the basics of Vipassana style meditation.  

Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are, is one of India's most ancient techniques of meditation. It ...

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Anapanasati

Posted by Jamie Sparks on January 29, 2012 at 11:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Anapanasati is a core practice of many traditional Buddhist meditations, as well as many western mindfulness practices.  This is a practice of breath awareness, not breath manipulation. According to tradition, Anapanasati was originally taught by the Buddha in several sutras including the Ānāpānasati Sutta.   Anapanasati (Anapana-breath and sati-awareness or mindfulness)  means to feel the sensations caused by the movements of the breath in the body, as is practi...

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Alternate nostril breathing

Posted by Jamie Sparks on January 23, 2012 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)

 This is not so much a medititiation, but a breathing exercise, or pranayama.  This practice can help to calm the mind, balance the body and aid in your meditation practice.  

When the energy is not balanced, one of the most visible ways in which this is seen, is in the nostrils. Most of the time, one or the other nostril is more dominant, allowing air to move more freely in that nostril. This is quite a natural process. However, when the nostrils are evenly breath...

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Monday meditations

Posted by Jamie Sparks on January 16, 2012 at 7:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Yoga meditation 

My view as I meditated on the beach one evening in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica.  Notice the sun and the moon. 


I promised my yoga students I would send suggestions on various meditiations, during this period of time when I will be temporarily offering Monday's classat a later time.  Rather than creating a ...

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Blessings for Mabon, the Autumn Equinox

Posted by Jamie Sparks on September 23, 2011 at 10:50 PM Comments comments (0)

The Autumn Equinox is a time for giving thanks for the abundance of the harvest seasons and our many other blessings.  It is a time of ritual of thanksgiving for the fruits of the Earth and recognition of the need to share them with others, to secure that we all are blessed with the necessary nourishment we need through the winter.  A time to come together with family and friends to share in the abundance of all that there is to be grateful for, before preparing for the winding down...

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Yoga filming on August 4th

Posted by Jamie Sparks on August 2, 2011 at 11:59 PM Comments comments (0)

Letting everyone know that part of my yoga class will be filmed this week, at the Asheville Community Yoga Center.  Thursday August 4th.  12:15-1:45.  Hope you can make it for some great yoga and to have your lovely faces on film!  You can find the yoga center's schedule here:   http://ashevillecommunityyoga.com/class-schedule/


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