Quarantine Tips: Breath, Meditation and Yoga with Elena Goode

“Every emotion has a corresponding breath pattern.”  – Elena Goode

@elenagoode is a yogi and actress living in LA.  She is also a very big support for the environment (recycling and replacing use of plastic) and social rights – specifically now for Black Lives Matter.  We met while rock climbing with friends near the Palisades.  We both climbed the mini cliff (about 300 feet high) but she did it a lot more effortlessly and gracefully than I did.  

She started her yoga practice in NYC where she grew up.  She was first introduced to Dahn Yoga through her friend from Puerto Rico.  Now she practices one of her favorites, Kundalini Yoga, and integrates it with Vinyasa and Yin Yoga.  

You can watch the full interview on the blog and on YouTube.

Here are some of the key takeaways from our time together:

Pranayama 

Use, balancing, awareness of breath

Activates different centers of the brain and causes brain to release feel-good hormones throughout the body

Plays huge role in activating the Vagus nerve

Improves heart rate, liver function, endocrine system, kidneys, diaphragm, brain

Fear

Fear response activates hormones and diff chemicals throughout body unintentionally

Fear response when hanging off cliff – great

Fear response when reading something – not great – chronic stress leads to anxiety

Breath

Foundation for yoga is bringing awareness to your breath

Breathe into the belly

Feel the shift of chemistry in your body

Sync breath with body

Learn how to breathe

Shallow breathing stresses you out

Meditation

Bring awareness to your mind

Don’t judge the thoughts you have

Bring awareness to your thoughts without grasping and holding – Catch and release 

Where am I today?  Where are my thoughts today?

Yin Yoga

Softer practice than Vinyasa (Yang)

Holding poses longer 

Gentle, lengthen and open muscle tissues wrapped around bone

Body scan, bring attention and awareness to the body

Bring energy and attention to center of heart – Release and balance emotions

Activate vagus nerve into rest and recover

Ocean

Naturally go into meditative state when near the ocean 

Takes your brainwaves into calm state without having to do anything

Enjoy!

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Connect with Elena Goode

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Want to join Elena’s online Yin Yoga and Kundalini Yoga Meditation?

To get the details email Elena: [email protected]

Dahn Yoga

Kundalini Yoga

Yin Yoga

Dahn Yoga

Box breathing

Diaphragmatic Breathing

Vagus Nerve 

Pranayama

Episode Notes

Oceanic meditation [26:00]

Breathing exercise to massage vagus nerve[22:15]

Yin Yoga exercise [17:44]

Meditation thought exercise [11:30]