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In alignment with mindfulness and yoga, is another present-minded based practice called meditation. While the goal of meditation is essentially not having a goal, but to remain simply in the present state of being, there are countless documented benefits to the nervous system.
In the same way that we take care of our bodies physically through proper nutrition, exercise, sufficient water intake, and sleep, we also need to take care of ourselves mentally and emotionally. Incorporating meditation into your daily life is a simple way to care for and nurture that side. Anyone can learn, and even teach himself or herself, how to meditate.
There are all different types of meditation. There is mindful meditation, where the meditator simply lets thoughts float in and out through the mind without judgment or further thought. There is concentration meditation, where the meditator picks a focal point, such as concentrating on the breath, chanting a mantra, watching a candle flame, counting mala beads, or even listening to arepetitive sound, and uses that to keep the mind still. There is walking meditation, where the meditator moves and keeps that mind from drifting by focusing on the breath and each step taken. There is something for everyone, and whether you meditate for three minutes or three hours, the benefits can be immediate and long lasting.
We live in a world of constant stimulation. We put expectations, demands, and judgments onto ourselves. Oftentimes, others put these things on us too. With the weight of the world, our daily lives and personal struggles, sometimes we just need to get out of our heads; sometimes we need to just let everything go. Sometimes we just need to breath. Meditation can help promote feelings of deep relaxation, well-being, peace, and acceptance. It can also help lower blood pressure, heart rate, blood cortisol levels, stress levels and anxiousness. Through an ongoing practice of meditation, one can obtain a sense of inner balance and the ability to let go of external circumstances and internal emotions. You are giving yourself a gift by allocating time for nothingness.
So, now the next question that must be on your mind is, how do I start meditating?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1UyJG2b8FMc (How to meditate in 5 easy steps)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSNpGyG2jSw (Guided meditation with Deepak Chopra)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7JcGThpR4E (Zen spirit relaxing songs and sounds of nature)
Parker Wellness also highly recommends that you sign-up for Yoga Nidra Meditation or Joy’s Healing Circle with Joy at Om Joyful Yoga. (www.omjoyfulyoga.com)
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To all of the yogis out there, it is not necessary for me to explain what yoga is and what the infinite and individual benefits the practice can offer during the various phases in one’s lifetime. You don’t have to be a certain type of person to engage in the different types of yogic practices. Yoga, and all accompanying practices, is for everyone. Yoga is a 5,000-year-old wisdom of the mind, body, and soul. It is an individual art that can be practiced in a variegation of ways.
The practice of yoga, regardless of type, can be modified to fit one’s specific needs, abilities, and present state of mind. While yoga is known for increasing flexibility, building strength, improving posture, upping heart rate, booming blood flow, decreasing blood pressure, among quite a few other physical benefits, there is another side that even science is beginning to accept as equally important.
The mind is a powerful entity. It is capable of producing feelings of happiness, peacefulness, creativity, love, acceptance, spontaneity, curiosity, confidence, gratitude, and all other positive emotions. However, like ying and yang, the mind is also capable of producing feelings of anxiety, stress, fear, restlessness, worthlessness, dispassion, insecurity, envy, loneliness, and this list goes on and on. What causes these feelings, whether on the positive or negative end of the spectrum, is totally personal and different for every individual. Happiness can come from taking your chocolate Labrador for a long walk on the beach, while anxiety might come from going to a doctor’s appointment; there is no end to the possible catalysts for what makes us feel certain ways.
Living mindfully teaches us not to judge ourselves based on what we are feeling, but rather accept how we are feeling and why we are feeling a certain way in that present moment. Through yoga, which also includes meditation and controlled breathing, one can learn to practice mindfulness in one’s everyday life. Through the practice of yoga, meditation, and conscious breathing it is possible to lighten the strains that anxiety, stress, fear, and any other heavy emotional or physical sensations cause, whether on a regular or sporadic basis.
You might be surprised how powerful an effect a few short breathing exercises or a couple of yoga poses can have on your overall wellbeing, especially during stressful or anxiety-producing moments. Everyone has at least one trigger for anxiety and stress, whether it is giving an important presentation at work, preparing to take final exams, going to the dentist for a procedure, driving at night, or swimming in the ocean; it literally could be anything. Reaping the benefits of yoga doesn’t mean you have to be a completely committed, spiritual, and full on yogi. There is something for everyone to take away from this 5,000-year-old body of knowledge. Parker Wellness would like to share these things with you, as we continue this journey together.
Last year, Honi earned her RYT 200-hour yoga certification. What started as a personal quest to improve her practice, turned into something much greater. Since completing her certification, she has shared her gift with quite a lot of people, including some of the staff members at Parker Dentistry Facial Rejuvenation and Wellness. Once a week, she teaches an all-level and semi-private style class in the office to Chris, Ivonne, Yenn, Michele, and Jackie. Just ask any one of them how beneficial this once a week class has been to their daily lives. Honi can share with you a wealth of information and inspiration, regarding the art of yoga and how to incorporate the practice into your life.
If this has made you curious, and you want to further explore this practice, Parker Wellness encourages you to sign up for a class with the beautifully spirited Joy at Om Joyful Yoga in Cooper City. (www.omjoyfulyoga.com)
These two short videos are great introductions into the practice of yoga and conscious breathing techniques. I highly recommend you check them out! If you would like more suggestions, please don’t hesitate to email Parker Wellness at firstname.lastname@example.org .
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9jmO6xwFfs (7 minute video on 3 breathing exercises that you can do anywhere to help overcome moments of stress and anxiety)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dn8TOat-3Cg (4 minute calming yoga sequence)
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Everyone has experienced, at least once, a moment of anxiety, panic, stress, discomfort, restlessness, or negativity. It is human nature to have these feelings, however, they shouldn’t overwhelm our lives. During a bout of one or any combination of these emotions, it is possible to ease back toward a positive intention. This can be done through the practice of mindfulness and other complimentary practices, such as yoga, mediation, controlled breathing, reiki, and aromatherapy.
The core of the mosaic practice of mindfulness is acceptance. It is accepting how you feel physically and emotionally in the present moment, and rather than passing judgment on yourself, you instead treat yourself with admission and respect. Cultivating mindfulness involves learning to be self-aware. By simply listening to your breathing, by acknowledging the way the wind feels on your skin, or just recognizing that your emotions come and go, and do not denominate you, is practicing mindfulness.
The benefits of this practice and the others that were listed above can be extraordinary. One benefit in particular, relates to aiding in the relief of anxiety and stress. What causes these uncomfortable feelings is different for everyone. Learning how to holistically alleviate these psychological aliments is invaluable. Imagine being able to calm yourself, and even feel a sense of contentment when you enter a situation that would normally cause you to be anxious. Do you panic when you have to speak in front of a large audience, when you have to drive in the blinding rain at night, or are about to sit down in the dentist’s chair?
Over the next several weeks, Parker Wellness will be sharing a salubrious journey and offering holistic insights regarding alternative practices that can make monumental differences in your everyday life. This is not an attempt to convince you to become a yogi or a meditation master, our goal is to present simple practices that can help lift the weight of your day to day, learn to cope with your personal struggles, and also shine some light of pure enjoyment and peacefulness onto your life.
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