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Learn the practices of heart breathing and breath of joy to open to your emotions and connect to other people
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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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. ❤️
* I so appreciate…
Thank you, Juanita
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
Fabulous. Thanks so much
Thanks for helping me a “more relaxing” type of breathing. Very useful at this time.
Thank you!/ Anna from sweden
thank you very much! Do you work with tinnitus patients?
God reads hearts… not minds! Love, Joy, Peace & Gratitude Always!
Lovely practice Kelly! you have real talent to teach and show the positive side of life
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.
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.
Thank you for sharing brilliant practice. Definitely will use it with my prayer. Hover me, dear God at this moment. Grateful 💜
Hard to remember joy at times like this. Thank you, we need it.
This offering echoed something that I experienced just this morning. Opening the heart to the present…
Thank you for your sharing your practice.
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.
Thank you, Kelly, for sharing these wonderful practices – especially the heart breathing. I am touched and energized after doing these practices. Blessings.
Thank you … 💓 a nice addition to my practices.
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!
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! 💜
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.
Thanks so much , it really help me in this difficult time of uncertainty my love to all of you
Gratitude for your presence and practicing heart breathing with us this morning. It is a gift! Thank you!
Thank you, thi is a good practice for me. I really feel my sefl happy and my mood became better.
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❤️
Thank you, thi is a good practice for me. I really feel my sefl happy and my mood become better.
Thank you I feel better.florence
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
Thank you for these daily practice challenges. It’s the nudge I need to get going
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Thank you, an all over body experience, and something else to clear the mind.