Sunday, April 14, 2019

Silent (and Sound-Optional) Videos for Mindfulness, Meditation, and Yoga



Photo by Leo Rivas on Unsplash

posted by Catharine Hannay


Here are some mindfulness, meditation, and yoga videos you might want to try:

  • if you or your students are d/Deaf or hard-of-hearing, 
or
  • if you tend to get distracted by spoken instructions and commentary.

Some of the videos have sounds or music playing in the background. I've provided a brief description for d/Deaf and hard-of-hearing folks in case you're curious, but the sound isn't at all necessary to follow the practices







Meditation Videos 



Mindfulness of the Breath

Breathe in and out as the shape expands and contracts.

Sound: The 1-minute video is silent; the 10-minute video has light, sweet music that reminds me of bubble gum.











Visual Meditation

Sound: The waves hitting the shore have a rushing water sound; it reminds me of turning on a shower. 










Candle Meditation Timer

A candle is lit at the beginning and blown out at the end, as a visual alternative to a meditation bell.

Sound: This video is silent except for a puff of air at the end when the candle is blown out.











Yoga Videos


Short Practices

In these brief videos by Adriene Mishler all instruction is given visually and through written phrases. There is no spoken instruction.

Sound: The first three practices have a song that reminds me of a cowboy riding on a sunny day. Here's a link to the lyrics (which don't have anything to do with the practices). 'Yoga at Your Desk' has upbeat instrumental music that reminds me of running on the beach.






2-minute standing pose







3-minute routine to release tension 
in the head, neck, and shoulders






3-minute routine that can help with 
wrist pain and carpal tunnel syndrome 






6-minute seated routine





Longer Silent Yoga Videos


Sound: The first video has relaxing instrumental music that reminds me of a fountain. The second video is silent.




with Cheryl Yale-Bruedigam 





advanced and modified versions 
names of asanas are given in Sanscrit




Tai Chi



with the sound of the waves and
a variety of soft music
 (To me, it sounds like watching rain falling.)



Videos for Contemplation


These videos are quite long (from 1 hour to 8 hours), but of course you could just watch for a few minutes if you prefer.

The waterfall sounds similar to watching the bubbles in a pot of boiling water. The sound of sparks from the fireplace reminds me of bursting kernels of popcorn. The birds in the snow have a sharp but pleasant chirping sound that reminds me of taking little sips of lemonade.






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