mindfulness

gentle mindful morning yoga

I’m excited to share with you a very gentle, morning yoga asana practice. It’s a lot of moving slowly, mobilizing the joints gently and massaging the back body mindfully. For me, this practice is perfect for the mornings when you haven’t even gotten out of bed yet and your mind is moving fastfastfast.

 

The practice might test your patience especially when you’ve got little to work with. And at the same time the practice may also strengthen your ability to be with whatever is or isn’t happening right now.

 

I’ve definitely noticed how quickly my mind is trying to close the gap between now and later. I’ve got the early spring enthusiasm for all that may come. Seeds have been planted and the soil is fertile. So many ideas, plans and possibilities oh my!

 

It’s so easy for me to forget to be when I’ve got so much that I wish to do. Is it the same for you?

 

This is why I choose to practice slow, mindful yoga – a style of yoga that uses the physical asanas or postures as opportunities to practice paying attention to the present moment without judgment. I’ve discovered that the practice of mindful yoga has helped bring more presence, patience and appreciation into my daily living. While at the same time offering me the many benefits that come from practicing yoga in general.

 

If you’d like, the invitation for this week is to choose at least 1 morning, if not 2, 3, 4, or 5 mornings, to notice the sensations in the body with each breath, each movement, each moment. To watch what comes up in the mind. To feel your feelings. To practice gratitude. All while gently rolling around on the floor and stretching the body.

 

If you’ve got more time, and are feeling like you could benefit from more energizing movement, you can extend the practice by pairing this gentle warm up with Sun Salutations. Or if you’re using this as a way to move into seated meditation, set a timer for however long you’d like to sit – 5, 10, 20 minutes or more.

 

May we all meet ourselves wherever we are today, with patience.

 

W/love,
Kris Moon

 

” Mindful yoga is a lifetime engagement – not to get somewhere else, but to be where and as we actually are in this very moment, with this very breath, whether the experience is pleasant, unpleasant, or neutral.”
– Jon Kabat Zinn

Guided Mindfulness Meditation on the Breath

Here’s a short & simple mindfulness meditation on the breath. It’s a perfect practice for when you’re feeling the need for less speed. It aims to help you move from a high alert red zone to a calmer, more focused state. All you need for this one is your awareness.

 

If you benefited from the practice and would like to download the audio version to your device to conveniently carry with you wherever and whenever you need it most, head over to my (re)store and download it now.

 

As always, thanks for practicing with me! xo, Kris

A short practice to relax the body & refocus the mind

A short & simple yoga break, perfect for when you need to get out of your head and into your body. Feel free to use this mindful practice to prepare for seated meditation, release general tension or to refocus a scattered brain. A couple blankets and/or large towels may be useful.

 

Enjoy, Kris

Yoga for Stress Relief – A Mindful and Calming Video Practice

Yoga for Stress – a ‘yoga break’ to get you away from your work and into your body. Think more ease, less strain, mindful movements and conscious breathing. The sequence and techniques will help you move from the ‘flight or fight’ high alert sympathetic nervous system to the calmer ‘rest and digest’ parasympathetic nervous system.  This particular ‘yoga break’ is perfect for transitioning from your work day into a relaxing evening at home.

 

Give it a go and then you’ll know – if you benefit from the practice it’s yours.  Feel free to leave comments or ask questions.  I love hearing from you!  Thanks for practicing with me.  xo, Kris

Current Retreat & Workshop Offerings

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Make the most of your Asheville vacation rental with in-home yoga, meditation and relaxation instruction.  Choose from one of the packages below or customize your own personal mini-retreat.   

 

Deep R&R:  Rest deeply and relax completely with a practice that combines restorative yoga and guided meditation.  Props are used to support yoga postures.

 

Stress Reduction: Practice mindful yoga and learn breathing and meditation techniques rooted in Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program.

 

Detox & Unwind:  Practice warming, slow flow yoga, including postures that flex, extend, invert and revolve the spine combined with specific breathing techniques and guided meditation.

 

Sunrise Practice:  Enjoy a gentle, awakening morning yoga practice with energizing and focusing breath work and mindfulness meditation.

 

Pricing:

– Single sessions start at $100 and discounts are available for multiple sessions

– Price based on a 60-75 minute session for up to 2 people

– All sessions are tailored to accommodate beginning and continuing practitioners.

 

Please send me an email or give me a call at 708-658- GROW (4769) with questions and to schedule your customized personal mini-retreat.

 

I sure hope you enjoy your stay in or near Asheville.  I would be happy to be part of your experience.

 

To learn what others say about their experiences with me, read reviews here

 

Peace to you,
Kris Moon

A great way to start your day: Surya Namaskar

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Paul and I have arrived safely Asheville, North Carolina!   For those curious to know, we feel very welcomed here.  I snapped the photo above on a hike not far from where we are staying.  There is so much natural beauty here and we are happy and grateful to be here now.

 

As I promised before I left, I would continue to offer ways to Practice with Kris.  The practice I offer you all is a great way to start your day.  I recommend setting aside 25 minutes before the hustle and bustle of a new day begins to practice this variation of Surya Namaskar, or Sun Salutation.  The backdrop for this video is one of my favorite places to practice: along the lake by the Planetarium in Chicago.  It might be getting too cold now, but if you feel inspired, you can always take your mat outside and enjoy the beauty offered here for free.

 

I encourage you to make the practice your own.  Meaning that depending on how your body and mind is feeling on any given morning, you may end up adding more rounds or dialing it back and taking the gentler variations I offer.  Maybe you add a few minutes of meditation at the end, or lengthen your time in your final resting posture.  Whatever you do, just do it.  Or, as my beloved teacher and mentor Gabriel Halpern says, “Hit the mat!”

 

Give yourself the gift of a more consistent yoga and mindfulness practice and I promise you will benefit.  I hope you all find the practice useful, and as always, feel free to reach out with any questions or just to say hello.

 

With love,

Kris Moon

September Restorative

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Join me for a 2-hour Restorative Yoga Class at Trump Chicago on Sunday, September 14th.

 

Summer can leave us feeling drained and sometimes feeling like we need a vacation from our summer vacation.  If that sounds familiar, then please consider taking time out to take care of yourself so that you don’t get burnt out.  And if you’re already burnt out, then just say yes already.

 

In this 2-hour class, we will blend a slow flow Asana practice with mindful breathing, and combine gentle and supported postures with guided meditation. Aromatherapy and candle light will be used to set the tone for a calming restorative experience.  Not only will you leave feeling rested, we will practice ways to:
  • Calm the nervous system and quiet the mind. 
  • Melt away stored tension and restore wholeness and balance.  
  • Decrease stress and feelings of anxiety. 
  • Increase feelings of inner peace and wellbeing.
No experience necessary.  Just come in comfortable clothing, ready to recharge.
$30 Health Club Members // $40 Trump Tower Residents & *Practice with Kris* Guests 

 

Please register with Caroline Rawlings at crawlings@trumphotels.com // Make a Self-care Sunday out of it. Access to The Spa at Trump amenities, including sauna, steam room, relaxation lounge and heated pool are included with registration. 

June Restorative Class

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Join me for a Gentle Restorative Class at Trump Chicago on Sunday, June 22nd.

 

In this 90-minute class, we’ll blend rhythmic, slow movements with mindful breathing, followed by supported restorative work and guided meditation. Supportive props and aromatherapy will create the perfect environment to release stored tension and rest deeply.  You’ll also take home breathing and meditation techniques to stay cool and calm this summer.

 

$20 Health Club Members // $30 Trump Tower Residents & *Practice with Kris* Guests 

 

Please register with Caroline Rawlings at crawlings@trumphotels.com // Make a Self-care Sunday out of it. Access to The Spa at Trump amenities, including sauna, steam room, relaxation lounge and heated pool are included with registration. 

 

May Gentle Restorative Class

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Join me for a Gentle Restorative Class at Trump Chicago on Sunday, May 18th.

 

In this 90-minute class, we’ll blend rhythmic, slow movements with mindful breathing, followed by supported restorative work and guided meditation. Supportive props and aromatherapy will create the perfect environment to rest and renew.  You’ll also learn and practice the art of mindfulness meditation, or simply being where your feet are.

 

$20 Health Club Members // $30 Trump Tower Residents & *Practice with Kris* Guests 

 

Please register with Caroline Rawlings at crawlings@trumphotels.com // Make a Self-care Sunday out of it. Access to The Spa at Trump amenities, including sauna, steam room, relaxation lounge and heated pool are included with registration. 

April Workshop: Yoga, Meditation & Deep Relaxation

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Join me for my next special class at Trump Chicago!

 

April is Stress Awareness Month and, depending on where you live, when we begin to see real signs of Spring.  Let’s practice de-toxing Yoga postures, learn simple meditation techniques and experience deep relaxation together. We’ll cleanse the body, clear the mind and make space for new things this Spring!

 

$20 Health Club Members // $30 Trump Tower Residents & *Practice with Kris* Guests 

 

Please register with Caroline Rawlings at crawlings@trumphotels.com // Make a Self-care Sunday out of it. Access to The Spa at Trump amenities, including sauna, steam room, relaxation lounge and heated pool are included with registration.