Does your body hurt during seated meditation? If so, this video will guide you through a few mindful yoga stretches meant to open your body for seated meditation. It was designed to open the places in our bodies that tend to ache after sitting for awhile; your back will feel looser and straighter, hips more open and melt away any tension in the neck and shoulders. This tutorial is for beginners as well as those with an advanced yoga and meditation practice; anyone who wants to increase flexibility. We welcome you to grab your Zafu cushion and join our mindful movement.
Ariel has worked with movement her whole life. Originally a dancer for many years, she shifted to her focus to Somatic Psychotherapy in 2008 when she obtained her MA at CIIS in San Francisco. She worked at The Center for Somatic Psychotherapy, one of the only somatic based clinics in the country. In 2010 She obtained her MFT license in California. Since then she has built a private practice in San Francisco, centered around supporting individuals, children, adolescents and families using somatic work, movement therapy and mindfulness meditation. Most recently, she established a private practice in Belgium. She was certified to teach yoga in 2002 and has taught yoga, meditation and workshops of various topics over the years in San Francisco, Boston and Lewisburg, PA. She has studied with various teachers in the mindfulness community, primarily Tara Brach. She has been melding the disciplines of movement, meditation and psychotherapy for over 15 years to help others find choice and equanimity in their lives. She currently lives in Antwerp, Belgium where she enjoys rock climbing, meditating and other outdoor adventures with her husband.