In Emma Silverman’s newest book, she teams up with her yoga teacher, Nicole Stumpf, to make meditation accessible, interesting, and fun. Exploring meditation traditions from around the world, Silverman and Stumpf invite readers to try thirty different meditations and then record their experiences after the practice. This book combines thousand-year-old meditation traditions with the newer phenomenon of prompted journaling.
Studies at Harvard University found that just eight weeks of meditation rebuilds the gray matter of your brain that supports learning and memory. The National Institute of Health has written that meditation increases activity in the parasympathetic nervous system, which is associated with a state of relaxation. A study at the University of Wisconsin in Madison found that “mindfulness meditation” improves both our mood and the strength of our immune system. There are dozens more scientific and peer-reviewed studies that agree: meditation can change your life for the better.
Beginning is often where the greatest challenge lies. This is the book to help you explore what all the meditation buzz is about!
About the authors
Emma Silverman is the author and founder of the blog The Joy of Yoga. Her first book, The Joy of Yoga, was published by Skyhorse Publishing and has been translated into German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, and Chinese. The follow up, Yoga Twists and Turns, will release in early 2017. After many years as an Office Warrior, and with the Microsoft Excel skills to prove it, she is currently a yoga, meditation, and stress-reduction instructor in Montreal, Quebec, with thousands of students worldwide.
"Most of us figure we should meditate a bit. But what does that actually involve? In this elegant new book, Nicole Stump and Emma Silverman draw on everything from ancient Vedic and Buddhist traditions to contemporary pop psychology to some very down-to-earth personal anecdotes—all in an effort to help the reader actually sit down and do it. Highly recommended!" —Andrew Chignell, professor, Princeton University
"The book you’ve been waiting for: meditation made easy and enjoyable. In this thirty-day challenge, you'll find meditation techniques new and old, complex and simple, and each one holds the potential to change your life. Just do it!" —Devarshi Steven Hartman, founder of the Pranotthan Yoga School