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Meditation Chime Timers with Singing Bowl

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012
Zen Timepiece with Singing Bowl

Zen Timepiece with Singing Bowl

We have created the perfect yoga, meditation and bodyworker timer!

Our Zen Timepiece with Singing bowl  has been specifically designed with yoga practitioners in mind. The clock can be set to produce a beautiful Tibetan bell-like chime repeatedly at any set interval.

We know that many yoga practitioners use beeping kitchen timers to
signal periodic position changes.  However, the Zen Timepiece’s acoustic pure-tone chime is more appropriate for use in
spiritual practices such as yoga.

Meditation timers with chime singing bowl make a beautiful acoustic sound

Meditation timers with chime singing bowl make a beautiful acoustic sound

Now & Zen

1638 Pearl Street

Boulder, CO  80302

(800) 779-6383

Posted in Bamboo Chime Clocks, Yoga Timer, Yoga Timers by Now & Zen, Zen Timepiece by Now & Zen


Chai Time

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

utagaro

utagaro

One of India’s most beloved pick-me-ups, chai (spiced milk mixed with black tea) is becoming a mainstay in yoga communities around the world. Why?
By Crystal Ketterhagen

According to ayurveda, its unique mix of ingredients makes it a healthy alternative to coffee or plain tea. The cardamom and milk balance out the stimulating effects of caffeine and the ginger helps you digest the milk and sugar. On high heat bring 1 cup of water and a 1⁄2 inch piece of fresh ginger (peeled and grated) to a boil. Then add:

1 tablespoon of black tea, 1 cup of milk, and 1⁄2 tablespoon of sugar. Bring this mixture to a boil, remove the pot from the stove, and add a pinch of cardamom. Cover and let sit for several minutes. Strain and enjoy.

Prep Tip: Speed up the process with two pots. Boil the milk and sugar in one pot, and the water, ginger, and black tea in another. Then combine and add the cardamom. (Don’t boil the ginger with the milk—that will cause your chai to curdle.)

Variations: For more exotic flavor, add a pinch of saffron with the sugar and a dash of rosewater with the cardamom, or a pinch each of cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg with the ginger, or a dash of vanilla extract with the cardamom. For caffeine-free chai, substitute dandelion root, peppermint leaves, or lemon grass for black tea.

Crystal Ketterhagen is the former managing editor for Yoga International.

Zen Chime Alarm Clocks

Zen Chime Alarm Clocks

Now & Zen

1638 Pearl St.

Boulder, CO  80302

(800) 779-6383

Posted in Tea Ceremony


Chime Alarm Clock Review from Now & Zen

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

zen clock review

zen clock review

from a real Now & Zen customer:

Hello, I don’t typically do this, but…

I received my digital clock yesterday.  I felt it was a bit decadent of me to spend so much for a clock, but I have wanted one for some time and finally can afford it.  I just want to say that after waking up so pleasantly this morning, after not wanting to throw my alarm across the room, after smiling as soon as my feet touched the floor (and I am not a morning person), I am certain that your product is worth every cent I put into it.  I look forward to using it for yoga and any other reason I can think of to hear its sweet sound.

3 cheers!

Kari May

gentle chime clock review

gentle chime clock review

Now & Zen Headquarter Store

1638 Pearl Street

Boulder, CO  80302

(800) 779-6383

Posted in Bamboo Chime Clocks, Chime Alarm Clocks


Meditation Timer – Timers with Gentle Sounds

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Bamboo Meditation Timer with Elegant, Soothing Chimes

Bamboo Meditation Timer with Elegant, Soothing Chimes

Our Zen Timepiece’s acoustic 6-inch brass bowl-gong clock is the world’s ultimate alarm clock, practice timer, and “mindfulness bell.”

It fills your environment with beautifully complex tones whenever it strikes. In the morning, its exquisite sounds summon your consciousness into awakening with a series of subtle gongs that provide an elegant beginning to your day. Once you experience the Zen Timepiece’s progressive awakening, you’ll never want to wake up any other way. It also serves as the perfect meditation timer. Available in 5 wood styles, including bamboo (shown).
If you like the sound of the bar chime on your original or digital Zen Clock, this is the perfect opportunity to upgrade to our bowl-gong clock, which resonates longer and sounds even more complex. The Zen Timepiece also makes for a unique and culturally sophisticated gift.

Our Zen Timepiece’s acoustic 6-inch brass bowl-gong clock is the world’s ultimate alarm clock, practice timer, and “mindfulness bell.”  It fills your environment with beautifully complex tones whenever it strikes. In the morning, its exquisite sounds summon your consciousness into awakening with a series of subtle gongs that provide an elegant beginning to your day. Once you experience the Zen Timepiece’s progressive awakening, you’ll never want to wake up any other way. It also serves as the perfect meditation timer. Available in 5 wood styles, including bamboo (shown).

If you like the sound of the bar chime on your original or digital Zen Clock, this is the perfect opportunity to upgrade to our bowl-gong clock, which resonates longer and sounds even more complex. The Zen Timepiece also makes for a unique and culturally sophisticated gift.

meditation chime timers

meditation chime timers

Now & Zen Headquarter Store

1638 Pearl Street

Boulder, CO  80302

(800) 779-6383

Posted in Bamboo Chime Clocks, Chime Alarm Clocks


Gentle Chime Alarm Clock Review by Now & Zen

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

gentle wake-up chime alarm clock

gentle wake-up chime alarm clock

From a real Now & Zen customer:

“Just wanted to let you know that I am very pleased with my Zen clocks.  I really do love waking up to the sound of a gong, rather than the bleating of an alarm or the blasting of a radio.  It’s made a big difference in my mood during the day.”

gentle, soothing chime alarm clock from Now & Zen

gentle, soothing chime alarm clock from Now & Zen


Now & Zen

1638 Pearl Street

Boulder, CO  80302

(800) 779-6383

Posted in Bamboo Chime Clocks


Inner Listening

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Inner Listening Practice

Inner Listening Practice

Discover your Heartfelt Desire.
By Kelly McGonigal

To Discover your Heartfelt Desire, reflect on or write about the following four questions. Before you dive into self-inquiry, spend a few minutes in quiet meditation. Let the mind settle and become spacious. Cultivate an attitude of listening, and welcome whatever feelings, images, and thoughts might arise in response to these questions.

  • What is something I really want in my life?
    How do you think having it will make you feel? Looking back over the course of your life, has some form of this desire always been present?
  • What is the most important goal in my life right now?
    What have you been working toward? What desire is behind that goal?
  • What should I be devoting my energy and resources to?
    At this stage of your life, what direction do you find yourself being pulled toward? What stands out as the biggest opportunity or responsibility in your life?
  • What is my biggest dream for myself and my life?
    Is there a dream so big, a vision so bold for your life that you wonder if it is possible? Is there a deeper longing that feels a bit risky to the conditioned mind, and makes you feel vulnerable, open, and tender?

To translate this desire into a specific intention, ask yourself the following questions:

  • What actions can I commit to that are consistent with this heartfelt desire?
    What needs to happen in the next 6 to 18 months to move me forward on my path? What is the first step in this direction?

Kelly McGonigal, PhD, teaches yoga, meditation, and psychology at Stanford University and is the author of Yoga for Pain Relief (New Harbinger, 2009).

Zen Alarm Clocks for a Gentle Awakening

Zen Alarm Clocks for a Gentle Awakening

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Boulder, CO  80302

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Posted in Now & Zen Alarm Clocks, Well-being


Gentle Chime Alarm Clocks

Monday, February 27th, 2012
Soothing Chime Alarm Clocks

Soothing Chime Alarm Clocks

Your body is a temple, so why not wake it respectfully and naturally with the gentle Tibetan bell-like chimes of the Zen alarm clock. Gradually increasing over a 10-minute period, the chimes help ease you out of sleep and into your day. Not just for waking, the rhythm of the chimes is ideal for use during meditation and affirmation, as well as serving as a subtle signal for meeting times. The simple wood shape and lovely Japanese leaf-embellished dial will bring balance and beauty to either bedrooms or offices.

your body is a temple

your body is a temple

Now & Zen Headquarter Store

1638 Pearl Street

Boulder, CO  80302

(800) 779-6383

Posted in Chime Alarm Clocks


Now & Zen Alarm Clock Review

Monday, February 27th, 2012
Real Now & Zen Clock Review

Real Now & Zen Clock Review

Real Customer Review:

I recently purchased the Zen Clock for my meditation practice.  I enjoy the way the calming, gentle chime ends the time I have put aside for practicing stillness.  I also love using my clock to wake me in the morning – it reminds me of the ongoing need to be clear my mind of things that are bothersome and annoying.



Body and soul in balance

Body and soul in balance

Now & Zen Headquarter Store

1638 Pearl Street

Boulder, CO  80302

(800) 779-6383


Posted in Bamboo Chime Clocks


Lunar Healing

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Lunar Healing

Lunar Healing

By Deborah Willoughby

Did you know? The most fruitful time to undertake cleansing and detoxification practices is around the time of the full moon. The moon tugs not only the waters in the ocean but also those in our bodies, making it easier for them to release toxins. This is also the most auspicious time to begin a spiritual practice, particularly mantra japa.

The yogis say gazing the full moon strengthens the eyesight and the heart. In at least two Indian tribal communities—the Bhil and the Santha—walking in dew-drenched grass on the morning of the full moon night is believed to infuse the heart with the elixir of life.

Deborah Willoughby is the founding editor of Yoga International.

Tibetan Bowl Gong Alarm Clock and Timer

Tibetan Bowl Gong Alarm Clock and Timer

Now & Zen

1638 Pearl St.

Boulder, CO  80302

(800) 779-6383

Posted in Dreams


Ayurveda Suggestions for a Good Night’s Sleep

Sunday, February 26th, 2012
Sleep

Sleep

Ayurveda agrees with conventional practices for improving sleep hygiene, but adds some Vata-calming suggestions like:

  • Oil your body daily, especially before bed
  • Soak in warm tub
  • Practice breathing and relaxation more often than just before bed
  • Eat a whole foods diet that emphasizes warm /cooked food with plenty of protein and ample oil.
  • Take herbs that calm and nourish the nervous system

Most health food stores carry natural sleep aids with nervines, herbs that nourish the brain and nervous system, which are mildly sedating, grounding and stabilizing.  Gentle and non-toxic, these herbs usually take effect after 4-6 weeks of use.

  • Skullcap
  • Passionflower
  • Chamomille
  • Hops
  • Valerian

Jatamamsi (Indian valerian)

Board-certified in internal medicine, Carrie Demers, MD, is the director of the Himalayan Institute Total Health Center.

Read the rest of Dr. Carrie’s article on insomnia, “A Good Night’s Sleep” in the spring 2012 issue of Yoga International.

Posted in Natural Awakening


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