(FAQ) Frequently Asked Questions 

What is Loving kindness yoga? 

Loving kindness yoga, also known as metta meditation, is a form of practice that emphasizes cultivating love and compassion towards oneself and others. This practice has been shown to have numerous benefits for both mental and physical health, making it a great addition to any wellness routine.

What are the benefits of Loving kindness yoga?  

Loving Kindness Yoga is an excellent way to enhance your mental health. It helps in reducing stress, anxiety, and depression while also increasing positive emotions such as love, gratitude, and compassion. Alongside the incredible benefits for your mental health, it can also improve your physical strength and flexibility. The movements involved in this form of yoga focus on releasing tension and tightness in the body, while also building strength. This form of yoga focuses on self-compassion, empathy, and love towards oneself and others. Practicing these qualities can have a positive impact on one’s mental health, reducing the levels of the stress hormone cortisol while promoting feelings of relaxation and calmness. By focusing on self-compassion and empathy, individuals can develop a more positive and optimistic mindset. This positivity can have a significant impact on both mental and physical health, reducing stress levels, improving sleep quality, and boosting overall well-being.

What services does Loving Kindness Yoga, LLC provide? 

Loving Kindness Yoga has a wide variety of offerings to support you in your health journey. From free live classes and audio meditations available on Insight Timer to YouTube and our newly added zoom patient support groups. We are also available for one on one health & wellness consulting as well as individualized meditation and/or yoga sessions in-person (we come to you!) or online. Contact us today with more questions!

What areas do you serve? 

Locally, we serve Arizona state, but through zoom we serve individuals all over the world!

Can you come to a specific place? 

Yes! If it is local we are always happy to make arrangements. If out of state, we can still work out, an inexpensive way to allow us to travel to you or your loved one. Contact us for more details.

Are you comfortable working with very chronically ill or terminally ill patients? 

Absolutely! In fact, Allison prefers it. She was once very ill and bed bound/wheel chair bound and in and out of the hospital. She still struggles today, but not nearly as severely. So, Allison feels a deep connection to those that are suffering, and would love to be the one to bring a little light and love into their lives. Contact us so we can discuss how she can help you or your loved one through this challenging time.

How much do you charge to come to a physical place? 

We have varied price plans depending on location (i.e. travel time) and individual needs. A one time in-person appointment would be more expensive than say multiple appointments over a period of time. Contact us so that we can work a specific plan out to meet all of your needs.

How much are the zoom patient support class? 

Currently, the zoom patient support classes will be donation based ONLY! With a recommended donation of $10, per class (only if able to) in order to offset costs such as video equipment and zoom subscription, as well as compensating Allison for her time investment in preparation and leading the group(s). But, please do not let finances restrict you from joining our groups.

Where can I donate to Loving Kindness Yoga and or Allison Garvin? 

Thank you for asking! Our donations help us to continue serving the community and support our grant program for those with limited income. Here is our donation page!

Do you have any free patient support groups/services? 

Yes! Our Zoom Patient Support Groups are donation based only (recommended donation of $10 to cover zoom cost and Allison's time). Additionally, we have offerings on Insight Timer were we have a support group and free live support sessions every other Tuesday at 1:30PM MST. Follow my teacher profile on Insight Timer to be alerted on the free live support classes.

How can I contact Loving Kindness Yoga, and/or Allison Garvin? 

Through this email here.

Is Loving Kindness Yoga hiring? 

We are still very small and growing. But, we always welcome resumes!

Is Loving Kindness Yoga religious or promoting something spiritual? 

We try to remain as neutral and non-spiritual/non-religious as to be more encompassing of all faiths and belief systems. However, we can discuss the spiritual side of yoga and meditation if that is something you would like to learn more about.

Where is Loving Kindness Yoga located? 

We are located in the Phoenix area of Arizona, in the United States.

Where can I find class recordings? 

Class recording of older Insight Timer live sessions are generally available on YouTube 24-48 hours following the live stream.

Where can I find free recorded guided meditations? 

There are a lot of resources out there that offer free recorded guided meditations. Some popular ones include Insight Timer, and Calm, which all have free content available on their apps or websites. YouTube or your favorite music platform such as apple music is also a great place to find guided meditations for free. You can search for different types of meditations and lengths, and there are many channels dedicated to providing quality guided meditations.

Where can I find the Loving Kindness Yoga class schedule? 

The most current information and links will be on the classes, courses and zoom patient support pages. We have many different types of class offerings. Where you look will depend if you are looking for the 10 day course classroom, Insight Timer Live schedule or our zoom online patient support group and meetings.

How much is the 10 day Insight Timer course? Do I have to purchase the Insight Timer Plus membership? 

Thank you for asking! If you go onto the actual Insight Timer website (using an internet browser - not the app) and click on the course, “Living a Beautiful Life Alongside Illness, Pain and Disability”, after listening to day 1 you will be prompted to purchase the course or upgrade to the plus membership in order to listen to day 2. You may select to purchase only the course for $19.99 and will not need to sign up for any reoccurring membership. Also, don’t forget - upgrading to plus for the trial period may allow you the time to listen to the course as well! ;-) If you have any issues please do not hesitate to contact us.

How do I meditate if I am a beginner? 

Before beginning, make sure you have a comfortable place to sit or lie down. It’s important that your posture is relaxed, but also in a position in which the body is supported with a blanket or cushion if needed. A great way to strengthen your meditation practice is by setting an intention (or purpose in mind) before beginning. Settling into your meditation posture (however that looks for you), start closing the eyes or softening the gaze. As your body becomes more relaxed, keep focusing on your breath and the sensation of the breath moving throughout your body. It’s important to become comfortable with your meditation practice and to allow yourself to be in all of the ways that you are without judgement, embarrassment or shame.

How to meditate for pain relief? 

To meditate for pain relief, find a quiet and comfortable spot to sit or lay down. Focus on your breath and try to clear your mind of any thoughts. You can also try visualizing the pain as a cloud that you exhale out of your body. Another technique is to mentally scan your body and focus on relaxing each muscle group one by one. Remember, meditation may not completely eliminate physical pain, but it can help reduce stress and make it more manageable. For guided meditations to help you get started check out our Loving Kindness Yoga YouTube Channel.

What is the best meditation for pain relief? 

Mindfulness meditation and body scan meditation are two of the most effective types of meditation for pain relief. Both techniques involve focusing on the present moment and paying attention to physical sensations with non-judgmental awareness. Additionally, Yoga Nidra, a guided relaxation technique, has also been shown to be helpful in reducing pain levels. It is important to note that while these practices may offer some relief, they should not be used as a replacement for medical treatment or attention from healthcare professionals.

Can meditation help with pain? 

Yes, meditation has been shown to be an effective tool in managing physical pain. It works by helping you develop a stronger mind-body connection and increasing mindfulness, which can lead to reduced levels of stress and anxiety, both of which often exacerbate pain levels. Regular meditation practice can also increase the brain’s production of feel-good chemicals like endorphins, which can further help manage discomfort.

What meditation is? 

Meditation is a practice of calming the mind and focusing on the present moment. It has been used for thousands of years to promote relaxation, reduce stress and anxiety, and improve overall health and well-being. There are many different types of meditation, such as mindfulness, loving-kindness meditation, and breathing meditation, just to name a few. Each type has its own unique approach, but all aim to cultivate inner peace and clarity of mind.

Why is meditation important? 

Meditation is an important practice for mental health because it allows individuals to cultivate a sense of mindfulness, awareness and inner peace. It has been scientifically shown to reduce stress levels, improve self-awareness and enhance cognitive function. Through regular practice, individuals can experience a greater sense of calmness, focus and overall well-being.

How do I meditate to clear my mind? 

Meditation is a simple yet effective practice for gaining space from your thoughts, as you allow your thoughts to come and go without engaging or following them. This enables us to have more agency over what thoughts we choose to act upon and which we reframe and let go of. Otherwise, we are constantly subjected to following every desire or thought being completely controlled by our subconscious. Meditation involves finding a quiet and comfortable space, closing your eyes, and focusing on your breath or a specific point of attention such as your body or a mantra/prayer. The goal is to allow your mind to settle and the thoughts to come and go, ultimately achieving a state of deep relaxation.

What is a patient support program? 

A patient support group is a gathering of individuals who share a similar life experiences due to their diagnosis(es) or medical condition(s). These groups provide a safe and supportive environment where members can connect with others who relate to their experiences and can offer genuine emotional support, information, and advice. Often led by trained facilitators, patient support groups can help individuals feel less isolated, more empowered, and gain acceptance about their health situation.

Where is a patient support group near me? 

To find a patient support group near you, start by checking with your healthcare provider or hospital. They may have resources available and be able to make recommendations. You can also try searching online for support groups specific, or check with national organizations that advocate for patients with your condition. Social media platforms can also be a helpful resource for connecting with others in similar situations and finding virtual support groups.

Where can I find patient support groups online? 

Right here! Currently, we have a growing patient support group (free) on insight timer. And, we are excited about offering more individualized support through video zoom patient support groups starting very soon! More information can be found here.

Why Join a Zoom Patient Support Group? 

When you join the Zoom Patient Support Group for Illness, Pain & Disability, you can expect to join a diverse group of individuals living all over the world! You will experience immense emotional support, online camaraderie, and a valuable exchange of knowledge. Through meaningful conversations and interactive activities, you'll gain insights into yourself and receive encouragement from others who understand your situation. We welcome you to share stories of yours or your loved one's medical history, connect with people who are a source of emotional strength, and access resources that can make life easier.

Why Connect With Others in a Support Group? 

Being part of a Zoom Patient Support group can help you alleviate feelings of loneliness and isolation that many of us feel, as well as provide social support to help you cope with the constant strain of health issues. The group also serves as a place for you to explore new perspectives and view your situation in a more positive manner. Connecting with other people who are facing similar struggles, and focusing on positive topics as well as coping techniques will give you more hope, courage, understanding and self-compassion. These qualities will help sustain your mental well-being. Lastly, an online zoom patient support group allows you to express yourself freely in a safe space, without the fear of judgement or criticism while receiving valuable feedback from your friends.

Is your patient group a cancer support group? 

Many patient support groups can focus on a variety of specific health conditions, including cancer, but our group is all encompassing and centered around the common experiences we all can relate to even despite our varying diagnosis(es). Anyone who is dealing with a particular medical condition, either as a patient or as a caregiver, can benefit from joining a patient support group. These groups, such as our Illness Pain and Disability Support, provide emotional support, share tips and advice on living with unique challenges, and offer a sense of community to those going through similar experiences.

Does your patient support group allow people with anxiety or depression? 

It is our opinion that, patient support groups should strive to create an inclusive and welcoming environment for ALL individuals who are seeking support. This includes people who may be dealing with anxiety, depression, or any other mental health condition. It is important for us to understand the unique needs and challenges that these individuals face, and to provide resources and accommodations as necessary to ensure their participation and comfort. If you are struggling with anxiety or depression, reaching out to our patient support group can be a helpful step in your journey towards healing and recovery.

Where can I find yoga for back pain? 

There are several online platforms that offer yoga classes specifically curated for back pain relief. We have some yoga classes on our YouTube channel that are gentle and easy for back pain stretching. These classes can be accessed from the comfort of your own home and can help alleviate pain and tension in your back muscles through safe and gentle stretches.

Where can I find yoga for neck pain? 

You can find yoga for neck pain relief in many places, including here on our YouTube channel as well as going to in-person classes at your local studio. Be sure to listen to your body and avoid any positions that cause further discomfort.

Do you have yoga for painful hips? 

Yes! If you are experiencing hip pain, certain yoga poses can help alleviate the discomfort. The best poses for painful hips include pigeon pose, lizard pose, and half-pigeon pose. Check out our gentle yoga videos for more hips stretches. Find poses that help stretch the hips and release tension in the surrounding muscles. Always listen to your body and modify the poses as needed to avoid further injury.

Is yoga good for painful knees? 

Yes, yoga can be beneficial for painful knees as it is a low-impact exercise that can help build strength and flexibility in the joint. However, it is important to approach yoga with caution if you have chronic knee pain or an injury. Some poses may need to be modified or avoided altogether, and it's always best to consult with a doctor or physical therapist before starting any new exercise routine.

Can yoga for sciatica pain be helpful? 

Yes, yoga can be very helpful in providing relief from sciatic pain. Certain poses like the pigeon pose, downward-facing dog, and spinal twists can provide gentle stretching to help alleviate pressure on the sciatic nerve. However, it is important to consult with a doctor or physical therapist before starting any exercise program if you are experiencing pain or discomfort.

What kind of yoga can I do for wrist pain? 

If you are experiencing wrist pain, there are still plenty of yoga poses you can do that will help without causing further discomfort. Some good options can be shown here. It's also important to focus on proper alignment and modifications if needed to avoid aggravating the wrist further.

Is there yoga for stomach pain? 

Yes, there are specific yoga poses that can help relieve stomach pain. Some common poses include the seated forward bend, the child's pose, and the knees-to-chest pose. Try our gentle yoga from bed to alleviate belly pain. It’s important to note that if you're experiencing severe or chronic stomach pain, it's best to consult with a healthcare provider before attempting any new exercise routine.

Do you have yoga for chronic pain? 

Yes, yoga can be an extremely helpful tool in managing chronic pain. Some poses that may be beneficial include the child's pose, downward-facing dog, and the cobra pose.Try out our yoga from bed for pain relief! It’s always recommended to consult with a doctor or certified yoga instructor before starting any new exercise routine, especially if you are experiencing chronic pain.

How do I practice meditation from bed? 

Before jumping into the meditation, make sure your set up is comfortable enough to keep all distractions away. Once you’ve established a comfortable position, close your eyes and take at least a few moments to let go of any worries or anxious thoughts and let your body relax. Whenever you find yourself worrying or ruminating on the past, take a deep breath and remind yourself that everything is eventually going to be okay; ask yourself what can you do right now to make the present moment easier. As you sit in meditation at times you may feel bored or as if you are somehow doing it wrong. There is no such thing as a bad meditation, so feel reassured that any time spent siting with your thoughts and focusing on your breath is beneficial.

What is the best meditation for falling and staying asleep? 

If you're having trouble falling or staying asleep, meditation for sleep may be the answer. From calming guided mediations to soothing visualizations and affirmations, these techniques can help relax your mind and body so you can get a good night's rest. A guided meditation for sleep is an audio-guided session that helps you relax and disconnect with your thoughts, allowing you to drift into a peaceful sleep. Another sleep meditation many people find helpful is the body scan. It’s a great way to relax your mind and body before bed.

What are the benefits of Yoga Nidra? 

Yoga Nidra Meditation, or “yogic sleep”, is a meditative practice that has been used for centuries in India to promote physical and mental wellbeing. It involves relaxing the body completely while focusing on a single point of awareness (such as the breath or the body), allowing students to reach deep levels of restorative states of relaxation.

What is Yoga Nidra Meditation? 

It’s important to understand the basics of Yoga Nidra before you get started. During your practice, you may be guided through a series of postures, breath work, and/or visualization exercises that help prepare your body for meditation. This helps build awareness, creating a strong foundation from which to allow the body to restore, repair, regenerate and most importantly rest deeply.

How do I practice Yoga Nidra? 

Before you start your Yoga Nidra journey, it’s important to find a quiet, dimly lit place where you can practice. Once settled and cozy, it’s time to begin considering your intention (or sankalpa in Sanskrit) for the practice. To do this, close your eyes and focus on one intention that will guide you during your practice. Continuing on from the visualization of your intention, the practice generally will begin to move your awareness throughout each body part. As you move from your rotation of the body deeper into relaxation, let yourself drift away. When you come back into awareness listen for the guidance. Focus on your breath and feel the subtle energy shifts in your body calming down as you start sinking deeper into your own mind and body.