Meditation &amp; Mental Training http://breakingmuscle.com/taxonomy/term/1263/%2A en Video: Athletic vs Aesthetic, Part 5 - Effective Goal Setting for the Athlete http://breakingmuscle.com/video/video-athletic-vs-aesthetic-part-5-effective-goal-setting-athlete <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/video/video-athletic-vs-aesthetic-part-5-effective-goal-setting-athlete" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/20130225/screenshot2013-02-22at40034pm.png" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">One of the differences between aesthetic training and athletic training is how we set our goals. Let&#39;s look at an effective way to map out and achieve our fitness goals. </div></div></div><p><strong>One of the differences between aesthetic training and athletic training is how we set our goals.</strong> Setting goals randomly rarely works. Rather, we are more likely to succeed when we follow some clear steps. Some of you might be familiar with the <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/use-your-inner-coach-set-smart-goals" target="_blank">SMART method</a> of setting goals, but even if you are watch this video to make sure you fully understand how they apply to your athletic goals.</p> breakingmuscle goal setting Meditation & Mental Training Mon, 25 Feb 2013 19:00:00 +0000 3845 at http://breakingmuscle.com Breaking Muscle Video - Weaving Willow's Healthy Triad http://breakingmuscle.com/video/breaking-muscle-video-weaving-willows-healthy-triad <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/video/breaking-muscle-video-weaving-willows-healthy-triad" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/20121105/shutterstock88756597.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Being only still, or being only active isn&#39;t the healthiest path. What works best is a triad of meditation, exercise, and yoga. Stillness, movement, and the weaving of the two. </div></div></div><p>Today I want to share my thoughts on weaving meditation, yoga, running, and athleticism together and how they are important to each other. <strong>There are three pieces to this healthy triad - the mind in meditation, exercising to flush our bodies, and then putting the stillness and movement together through yoga.</strong> Some people try to focus on just one, but either element alone, or just the two blended together does not equal a whole.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/video/breaking-muscle-video-weaving-willows-healthy-triad" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle meditation running yoga Meditation & Mental Training Wed, 07 Nov 2012 17:00:00 +0000 2831 at http://breakingmuscle.com Breaking Muscle Video - What Is Qi Gong? http://breakingmuscle.com/video/breaking-muscle-video-what-qi-gong <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/video/breaking-muscle-video-what-qi-gong" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/aug_8_2012_-_134pm/screen_shot_2012-08-08_at_1.33.08_pm.png" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Qi is our vital life force in our bodies. Gong means cultivation. So, qi gong is the cultivation of our life force. Watch this video to learn a simple, centering exercise from qi gong. </div></div></div><p>I first started practicing qi gong back in acupuncture school. Qi is our vital life force in our bodies. Gong means cultivation. <strong>So, qi gong is the cultivation of our life force and one of the ways we can use to achieve balance in our body&#39;s energy. </strong>We reach out to the three types of energy when doing this - heavenly qi, earthly qi, and human qi. Try this simple movement outlined in this video and see what effect is has on your breathing, your body, and your energy.</p> breakingmuscle qi qi gong tai chi Meditation & Mental Training Mon, 13 Aug 2012 18:00:00 +0000 2156 at http://breakingmuscle.com Breaking Muscle Video - Workplace "Time Out" Challenge http://breakingmuscle.com/video/breaking-muscle-video-workplace-time-out-challenge <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/video/breaking-muscle-video-workplace-time-out-challenge" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/apr_5_2012_-_233pm/screen_shot_2012-04-05_at_2.33.26_pm.png" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">60 seconds of silence and quiet twice a day at work - is it possible? Join in on our meditation challenge! Learn how to meditate and be accountable with our challenge starting today! </div></div></div><p><strong>After my last <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/video/breaking-muscle-video-how-meditate-beginners" target="_blank">video</a> and <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/mind-body/confessions-chronic-meditator-simple-why-and-how-meditation" target="_blank">article</a> on meditation for beginners, many of our readers asked how they could do meditation at work?</strong> So, in response, I decided to hold a &quot;challenge&quot; - twice a day for the next week we are all going to commit to spending 60 seconds in meditation.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/video/breaking-muscle-video-workplace-time-out-challenge" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle meditation workplace balance Meditation & Mental Training Fri, 06 Apr 2012 13:00:00 +0000 1235 at http://breakingmuscle.com Breaking Muscle Video - How to Meditate, for Beginners http://breakingmuscle.com/video/breaking-muscle-video-how-to-meditate-for-beginners <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/video/breaking-muscle-video-how-to-meditate-for-beginners" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/mar_30_2012_-_748am/screen_shot_2012-03-30_at_7.48.03_am.png" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Meditation is a simple as it is misunderstood. This video talks about some of the fundamentals of meditation with insight into common problem areas. Enjoy! </div></div></div><p>A lot of people ask me, &quot;How do you meditate?&quot;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In this video we go over what you need to do - what equipment you need, how you should sit properly...and most importantly, what exactly do you do once you get into position and try to meditate? And what are you supposed to do when you get distracted or your body becomes uncomfortable?</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Watch this video and then try some meditation for yourself. Let us know how it goes!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/video/breaking-muscle-video-how-to-meditate-for-beginners" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle meditation mindfulness relaxation Meditation & Mental Training Fri, 30 Mar 2012 16:00:00 +0000 1192 at http://breakingmuscle.com Breaking Muscle Video - Visualization Techniques, Part 2: Post Its & Self-Interview http://breakingmuscle.com/video/breaking-muscle-video-visualization-techniques-part-2-post-its-self-interview <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/video/breaking-muscle-video-visualization-techniques-part-2-post-its-self-interview" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/mar_21_2012_-_1152am/screen_shot_2012-03-21_at_11.52.25_am.png" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">How can a video camera and some Post-It notes improve your athletic performance and life? Build on your practice of visualization technique with the tools in this video. </div></div></div><p>Building on <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/video/breaking-muscle-video-visualization-techniques-part-1" target="_blank">last week&#39;s video on basic visualization techniques</a>, this week we take you further and get more specific. Using two simple tools you will burn into your brain that you CAN achieve the realistic goals you set.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>What are these two tools?</p> <ol> <li> Post-It notes</li> <li> Video camera</li> </ol> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/video/breaking-muscle-video-visualization-techniques-part-2-post-its-self-interview" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle motivation performance sports pyschology visualization Meditation & Mental Training Fri, 23 Mar 2012 11:00:00 +0000 1157 at http://breakingmuscle.com Breaking Muscle Video - Visualization Techniques, Part 1 http://breakingmuscle.com/video/breaking-muscle-video-visualization-techniques-part-1 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/video/breaking-muscle-video-visualization-techniques-part-1" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/mar_14_2012_-_307pm/screen_shot_2012-03-14_at_3.07.23_pm.png" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Visualizing any part of your athletic game is bound to improve performance and lower anxiety. This video will walk you through HOW to effectively visualize. </div></div></div><p>Visualization is a common practice for successful athletes. But what exactly IS visualization and what&#39;s the best way to go about it? This video will walk you through simple practices for effective visualization designed to improve your athletic performance.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Once you have the basics down, then watch <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/video/breaking-muscle-video-visualization-techniques-part-2-post-its-self-interview" target="_blank">Part 2: Post-Its and Self-Interview</a> to learn more ways to create success through visualization techniques.</p> athletic performance BJJ breakingmuscle crossfit MMA muay thai sports psychology visualization Meditation & Mental Training Fri, 16 Mar 2012 11:00:00 +0000 1128 at http://breakingmuscle.com