By Tracy Ochester


I am a psychologist, mindfulness coach and yoga instructor.

This is what my daily meditation practice looks like. While I am in a serene place (Maya Yoga in Kansas City, MO) and dressed in yoga clothes, I am neither lean, nor tan. I am, in fact, sweaty, spent and wearing no makeup after a 90 minute Mysore style ashtanga yoga practice.

My shawl is an old bath towel and my cushion is a 2″ yoga block. On this day, there was a small group of yoga students in front of learning pranayama.

Its not glamorous, but it works well for me and I look forward to this time each day.




The Tattooed Buddha

The Tattooed Buddha was founded by Buddhist author Ty Phillips and Dana Gornall. What started out as a showcase for Ty's writing, quickly turned into collaboration with creative writer, Dana Gornall and the home for sharing the voices of friends and colleagues in the writing community. The Tattooed Buddha strives to be a noncompetitive, open space for the author’s authentic voice. So while not necessarily Buddhist, we are offering a dialogue that is aware and awake to the reality of our present day to day, tackling issues of community, environment, and compassionate living.

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