Meditation for compassion

Laura seated in well-propped easy pose demonstrating a gently moving meditation to encourage compassion
Laura mid-way through an easy, five-minute meditation to encourage compassion

Most of us could stand to show ourselves and others a little more kindness. And I feel that need for compassion is more with the amplified sense of hatred, fear, confusion, and division that’s reflected in my social media feeds.

I ended my last online Yin Yoga class with a short meditation to encourage compassion for ourselves and others and I’ve recorded this short practice to share more broadly.

My hope is that this five-minute meditation will help you find tenderness and kindness for yourself—and spread that compassion to others.

A quick how-to

The practice starts with a short check-in with your body, mind, and breath, and transitions into gentle movement. The movement takes about six breaths: each inhale drawing your hands together at heart centre as you inhale, every exhale opening and stretching your arms outwards.

I guide you through everything you need to do the meditation in the video below, all you need is a few minutes and somewhere you can sit comfortably with your spine straight.

Online classes continue through June

While yoga studios are starting to open for larger classes in Zürich, I’ll still be teaching weekly Yin Yoga classes through Younion Yoga through June. The livestreams are on Tuesday evenings (8pm European time, see where that is for you) and the video replays are available for at least 48 hours, so you can practice whenever best suits you—or do the session more than once!

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