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Posts by Rolf Sovik, PsyD

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Articles / Wisdom
Self-Study: Exploring Nostril Dominance
Does it matter if your right nostril is more active than your left? Try these simple experiments to see how your nostril dominance shifts throughout the day and observe how it affects your thoughts and actions.
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Rolf Sovik, PsyD & Dick Ravizza, PhD
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Articles / Wisdom
Recognizing the Guru
The Sanskrit word guru slid into our modern Western consciousness, losing its spiritual connotations along the way. Rolf Sovik explains how a guru is not so much a person as an inner source of illumination that awakens awareness and transforms the dark places of inner life.
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Rolf Sovik, PsyD
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Articles / Meditation
Advanced Mantra Meditation: Ajapa Japa
In advanced mantra meditation, the sound of the mantra arises effortlessly in the mind in a continuous, rapid pulsation called ajapa japa, cradling the mind in its peaceful embrace. Learn how to cultivate ajapa japa.
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Rolf Sovik, PsyD
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Articles / Yoga Practice
Keeping the Zzzz’s Out of Meditation
Have you ever reached a quiet moment in your meditation only to find yourself falling asleep? Rolf Sovik offers tips to keep drowsiness away, including lifestyle suggestions and a combined practice of breath awareness and mantra that tames the urge to sleep.
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Rolf Sovik, PsyD
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Articles / Wisdom
The Gunas: Nature’s Three Fundamental Forces
Understanding the three fundamental forces of nature—sattva, rajas, and tamas—helps us see where we are on the spiritual path and how to progress. Learn how cultivating sattva (clarity, contentment) moves us forward and why rajas (passion, desire) and rajas (inertia, dullness) need to be employed in the service of sattva
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Rolf Sovik, PsyD
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Articles / Yoga Practice
Lengthen Your Meditation
Lengthening your meditation allows your mind to become quieter and self-awareness to deepen, as you experience the delight of simply being. Learn how to stretch your sitting time, looking not only at meditation posture and method, but also at motivation, self-study, and the importance of daily practice.
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Rolf Sovik, PsyD
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Articles / Yoga Practice
Breathing Strategies to Relieve Emotional Pain
Breathing strategies are an excellent tool for relieving emotional pain because breath and emotion are strongly intertwined. Rolf Sovik explains the core practice of breath awareness and then offers specific breathing strategies to manage anger, anxiety, and sadness.
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Rolf Sovik, PsyD
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Articles / Meditation
Enhance Your Practice with a Yoga Study Group
Good company is one of the mainstays of yoga. Learn how gathering with other seekers in a yoga study group can inspire us to explore the deeper possibilities of yoga, helping us reach beyond asana practice to expand our view of lifestyle, yoga philosophy, and meditative practices.
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Rolf Sovik, PsyD
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Articles / Meditation
Sacred Geometry: Yantras for Meditation
Do you ever feel the need for a visual image to help you focus in meditation? Yantras—sacred geometric diagrams—offer a visual framework for focus. Rolf Sovik explains the inner meaning of different shapes in a yantra and suggests ways to incorporate elements of a yantra into your meditation practice.
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Rolf Sovik, PsyD
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Articles / Yoga Practice
Finding Time for Meditation
Given the many commitments of everyday life, how do we convince ourselves to meditate daily? One approach is to examine our conception of time itself. How we think about time, it turns out, affects how we use it.
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Rolf Sovik, PsyD
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Articles / Yoga Practice
Concentration and Mindfulness: Cornerstones of Meditation
Does your meditation practice ever feel uninspired, like you are showing up for it but nothing is happening? Rolf Sovik explains how reviewing the two core features of meditation—concentration and mindfulness—can revitalize your practice, and he offers an illuminating review of each and how they come together.
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Rolf Sovik, PsyD
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Articles / Yoga Practice
5 Simple Yoga Practices to Bring You Lasting Peace of Mind
Silence is calming, refreshing, and restorative. It cleanses and quiets our mind and heart. Rolf Sovik offers five simple yoga practices to reconnect our body and breath, and center our mind in a peaceful, nurturing silence.
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Rolf Sovik, PsyD