01/26/2016 03:40 pm ET Updated Jan 26, 2017

A Meditation for Releasing Unhealthy Patterns

By Elena Brower

Any pattern we've hosted, whether deleterious or beneficial, has created a likelihood in our physiology, our neurology, and our chemistry. This meditation by Elena Brower, a noted New York City-based yoga and meditation instructor, grants us time to rest in a natural, essential state, beneath all the patterns, all the habitual tendencies, in our most primary state of being. The technique we call upon in this 18-minute meditation is working with feelings and their oppositions so we can get at the root of our unhealthy patterns, and seek to find stillness and the best version of ourselves beneath it all.

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