Meditation is certainly not a new practice. It has been practised for thousands of years by cultures all around the world.
We know that meditation helps increase our quality of life and it is always exciting when science discovers a new way to measure this ancient and powerful practice.
Stress & chronic stress can increase the volume of the Amygdala (our fear centre) & reduce the volume of the Hippocampus (which facilitates appropriate responses to our environment & creates memories for recall.) Meditation can reverse these effects, therefore reversing the effects of stress.
Meditation can be as simple as 5 or 10 minutes a day. Do what you can with what you have but be sure to do something. Consistency is the key. Create a little space for yourself each day. You’re 100% worth the effort.
At Tidal Flow Yoga, we prioritise the health and wellbeing of our community. We would like to share how you can take your yoga off the mat and find the calm in the storm.
- Find a comfy cushion, couch, chair or lay down. Ensure that your neck and spine is supported.
- Set a timer for 5 minutes and gradually build to 15 or 30+ minutes.
- Close your eyes and begin to relax. Start a process of becoming aware. Try not to think, just focus your attention where your breath is. Simply follow your breath as it comes in, then goes out.
- Notice any incoming thoughts. Notice them, acknowledge the thought, and then come back to your breath. Let the thoughts go as they come. Always come back to your breath.
- Routine. Everything requires effort and your mediation practice is a constant practice. Incorporate this as part of your weekly routine and gradually build it into your daily ritual.