Feel Into Your Heart

With Kelly McGonigal, PhD

Learn the practices of heart breathing and breath of joy to open to your emotions and connect to other people

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About Kelly McGonigal, PhD

Kelly McGonigal is a health psychologist and lecturer at Stanford University who specializes in understanding the mind-body connection. Her mission is to translate insights from psychology and neuroscience into practical strategies that support personal well-being and strengthen communities. She is the best-selling author of The Willpower Instinct and The Upside of Stress. Through the Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism, she helped create Stanford Compassion Cultivation Training, a program now taught around the world that helps individuals strengthen their empathy, compassion, and self-compassion. You might know her from her TED talk, "How to Make Stress Your Friend," which is one of the most viewed TED talks of all time, with over 20 million views.

Her new book, The Joy of Movement, explores why physical exercise is a powerful antidote to the modern epidemics of depression, anxiety, and loneliness. You can learn more about Dr. McGonigal and her work at her website.

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  1. Laena Wilder March 23, 2020 at 3:47 pm

    I do appreciate your important heart breathing lesson. It means a lot to me. The past few months I had a bunch of unexpected heart issues and surgeries and my body is still settling in to its new aortic valve and stents. It is opening up again and your teaching could not have come at a better time. Very transformative and I am truly taking it to heart. Thank you. ❤️

    • Laena Wilder March 23, 2020 at 3:49 pm

      * I so appreciate…

  2. Juanita March 23, 2020 at 7:28 am

    Thank you, Juanita

  3. Sandra March 22, 2020 at 9:09 am

    thank you so much from Switzerland – the best day so far for me! Loved every bit of it and it helps tremendously during this corona crisis.- Sandra

  4. Penny March 22, 2020 at 6:29 am

    Fabulous. Thanks so much

  5. Maria Torres March 22, 2020 at 5:55 am

    Thanks for helping me a “more relaxing” type of breathing. Very useful at this time.

  6. Anna March 22, 2020 at 4:03 am

    Thank you!/ Anna from sweden

  7. Victoria March 21, 2020 at 11:01 pm

    thank you very much! Do you work with tinnitus patients?

  8. John Shearer March 21, 2020 at 4:26 pm

    God reads hearts… not minds! Love, Joy, Peace & Gratitude Always!

  9. Luciana March 21, 2020 at 1:48 pm

    Lovely practice Kelly! you have real talent to teach and show the positive side of life

  10. Eugene March 21, 2020 at 1:43 pm

    Today’s challenge felt good! Reminds me of the yoga classes at the Y. One of the recent online classes was chair yoga, and other online classes are helping keep people connected while all the gyms in New York State are shut down. Lets hear it for the Zoom app and other online resources.

  11. Wangui March 21, 2020 at 1:12 pm

    Thank you Kelly. I found myself reflecting with compassion on all those people stranded away from home and hoping they find their way to their loved ones.

  12. Ame March 21, 2020 at 12:54 pm

    Thank you for sharing brilliant practice. Definitely will use it with my prayer. Hover me, dear God at this moment. Grateful 💜

  13. Deborah Dewey March 21, 2020 at 12:03 pm

    Hard to remember joy at times like this. Thank you, we need it.

  14. Pushpa March 21, 2020 at 11:36 am

    This offering echoed something that I experienced just this morning. Opening the heart to the present…
    Thank you for your sharing your practice.

  15. Carmen Campos March 21, 2020 at 11:34 am

    Thank you for another learning practice: birthing into my heart. From a small village in Spain I am feeling connected to my self and the word in those unprecedented times. We are living a social experiment. pause and Reset. Love to all.

  16. Sally March 21, 2020 at 10:46 am

    Thank you, Kelly, for sharing these wonderful practices – especially the heart breathing. I am touched and energized after doing these practices. Blessings.

  17. Tama March 21, 2020 at 10:19 am

    Thank you … 💓 a nice addition to my practices.

  18. Birgit March 21, 2020 at 10:17 am

    Thank you very much, I really enjoy those wonderful 10 minutes with you every day, they are a real gift! And will try them with my patients next week!

  19. Julie March 21, 2020 at 9:58 am

    Loved the heart breathing and so grateful for this opportunity. Comforting to know we’re connected with each other around the world and an opportunity to build our compassion and resilience in these unprecedented times. Thank you so much! Looking forward to sharing the practical ideas with others! Brilliant! 💜

    • Donna Cooper March 22, 2020 at 10:20 am

      Thank you so much for yet another day of being able to connect with myself. It’s very rejuvenating to say the least. Looking forward to tomorrow.

  20. Zoila March 21, 2020 at 9:49 am

    Thanks so much , it really help me in this difficult time of uncertainty my love to all of you

  21. Maritza March 21, 2020 at 9:42 am

    Gratitude for your presence and practicing heart breathing with us this morning. It is a gift! Thank you!

  22. Anna March 21, 2020 at 9:12 am

    Thank you, thi is a good practice for me. I really feel my sefl happy and my mood became better.

    • carolyn gabb March 21, 2020 at 9:33 am

      How wonderful to be introduced to Kelly! The quality of her voice, the structure of her meditation especially helpful for me — 72, isolated to my apartment, many health issues which cannot be addressed as doc appointments cancelled— such visualizations important for me as artist and poet. Thank you❤️

  23. Anna March 21, 2020 at 9:11 am

    Thank you, thi is a good practice for me. I really feel my sefl happy and my mood become better.

    • Florence March 21, 2020 at 12:42 pm

      Thank you I feel better.florence

  24. Randi March 21, 2020 at 8:51 am

    Kelly, I feel hope and joy enter my body with the breath. Thankful to you for guiding me to integrate mind and body.
    Blue Hill, ME

  25. Vivian March 21, 2020 at 8:06 am

    Thank you for these daily practice challenges. It’s the nudge I need to get going

  26. Asha March 21, 2020 at 8:03 am

    I adore Kelly McGonigal. She is truly inspirational. I love this practice. Would it be ok to share it and to integrate it in in my Mindfulness Teaching? My courses already have a third of the time taken up with these kinds of movements but the Heart Breathing is new to me. Thank you so much.

  27. Lisa March 21, 2020 at 7:47 am

    I really enjoyed this offering – I’m hoping to use these practices in a cycle over my 3 months isolating. I’ve felt very kind and connected in phone calls and messages – I hope others have felt it too! I wouldn’t have thought I could rest in joy and gratitude during such a crisis, it’s the most amazing gift. Thank you.

  28. Nannette March 21, 2020 at 7:07 am

    i feel so happy! As I look out my window, I see a sparkling river- a backdrop for the branches of trees. This exercise was such a gift. I will continue to explore with you, Kelly. A truly centering start for my day here in Michigan.

  29. Jane March 21, 2020 at 6:42 am

    Thank you for sharing beautiful practice. With appreciation for your guidance on how to cultivate heart breathing as individuals and an offering to others. Dropping into heart breathing during interactions both positive and challenging is a welcome resource that I look forward to exploring. Namaste

    • Bev March 21, 2020 at 7:33 am

      Such a lovely practice and wonderful way to start my day. Adding movement to this exercise amplified my experience in a sweet way and seems to have embedded it more deeply in my mind and heart
      Thank you so much.

  30. Michele De Rose-Mick March 21, 2020 at 6:20 am

    Thank you, an all over body experience, and something else to clear the mind.

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