Ten Health Benefits of Meditation

Ten Health Benefits of Meditation

Lowers blood pressure and slows down the cardiovascular system.

Relaxes the nervous system.

Reduces the intensity of migraines/headaches.

Gives a break from the internal chattering an self-doubt in the mind.

Reduces anxiety and fear.

Restores functional balance to the digestive system (less stress, better functioning – better absorption of nutrients).

Relieves muscle tension.

Reduction/relief of insomnia – improved quality of sleep.

Improves mood and reduces depressed thinking.

Generates optimistic and positive thinking, increases self-esteem, motivation and confidence.

TIP – There are a lot of people out there presenting themselves as experienced instructors or self-proclaimed authorities on meditation. Take a little time to learn where their education comes from and what experience they have.

Health and Meditation

Learning meditation is not difficult or time consuming. Practicing meditation does not require expensive equipment or a membership and can be practiced by anyone regardless of age or physical mobility limitations. It is relatively easy to begin, but a little guidance to help you get started can be useful and for real health results you do need to commit it to regular practice – just as you do with mindfulness, yoga, tai chi and so on. Classes are relatively easy to find and there are some great resources online – even audio downloads and CDs to get you started or even “get your feet wet” with a little guided imagery.

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Medical Issues and Meditation

If you have a specific medical issue or side effect from medical treatment (ex: anxiety after heart surgery, sleep problems after kidney transplant or nausea from cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation) then you might want to look into working with a licensed clinical professional who has advanced training in medical hypnosis. This is specific to the area of health and medical.

Wellness and Preventative Healthcare

And think preventative care and personal wellness too. Learning to reduce stress and cortisol production is a great proactive health benefit for all of us – medical hypnosis can even help with mild to moderate morning sickness.

Neurology, Oncology, Psychiatry, Cardiology; the list goes on and on – these fields more and more are actively encouraging clients to work with a medical meditation professional as an ancillary and drug free addition to their client’s care. So, rather than wait until after there is a problem or letting a current one get worse – why not get in front of it now and take an active role in the health of your mind and body? (it will be good for your spirit too!)

Thank you for reading!

Peace, Health and Laughter –

Ben

(*Need Help Finding the Right Counselor for You ?  –  check out our recent article that guides you through the process of making an informed decision.)

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The Benefits of Yoga for Stress Management

The Benefits of Yoga for Stress Management

The raves about yoga are more than just a current trend or a flash-in-the-pan fad. The physical and psychological benefits of yoga for stress management have been taking America by storm.

The regular practice of yoga can help decrease stress and tension, increase strength, balance and flexibility, lower blood pressure and reduce cortisol levels in the brain – which in and of itself is a very positive step in preventative health care. It also yields strong emotional benefits due to the emphasis on breathing, grounded and focused release of negative thoughts and the interconnection of mind, body and spirit.

Frequent practice of yoga for stress management can result in better sleep, help you not to focus on things beyond your control and spend more energy learning how to be mindful and live in the present. While it won’t erase or remove stressors – it can, in effect, makes a stressful event a lot easier to handle, whether it’s family, work, health, relationships – or something else.

Whatever misconceptions you have about yoga and stress management, perhaps they should take a back seat. While most people have the notion that you have to be flexible in order to do yoga, the truth is, anyone will benefit from yoga regardless of age. In fact, many times people who aren’t very flexible at all will actually see results even faster. It’s perfectly suited to all levels because yoga is a practice geared to helping you become aware of your own highly individual mind/body connection.

There are many different styles of yoga to suit your preference. Hatha yoga is one of the most flowing and gentle options that is a good choice as starting point. Vinyasa is more athletic while Iyengar concentrates on proper alignment. However, Bikram or “hot” yoga, is not recommended for beginners. (In fact, no one, regardless of fitness level, should begin any “hot yoga” practice without speaking with their physician first.)

It doesn’t matter if you join late in a yoga class. It’s not about doing it better or worse than the others, it’s not even a competition with yourself – nor a competition at all. It’s about how you feel in the moment of each stretch in your body. What matters most is how present and relaxed you can allow yourself to become.

Yoga is considered as a deeply personal practice and no two people can or should hold a pose in exactly the same manner. A person has to work at his or her own level of flexibility, one that is challenging but not overwhelming. If you don’t feel good with what the instructor is telling you to do, don’t do it. Your body will warn you if you are about to get hurt. It is important that you listen to your body, push the limits gently, but don’t let yourself be overcome by ego. Allow your body to guide you and be your friend.

The goal of yoga is to synchronize the breath and movement. When you inhale and exhale as you work through poses is important. Breathing only through your nose keeps heat in the body and keeps the mind focused. Concentrating on your breath is the key to yoga for stress management, as it helps you let go of external thoughts and anxiety, requiring you to focus on your body in this moment. The easiest way to bring yourself into the present moment is to focus on your breath. Feel how it goes down your nose and into your body. It helps you let go of the worrying thoughts.

Bear in mind that yoga is a slow process. Forget about expectations. Let go of competition and judgment. As yoga brings you into the present moment, you will experience joy not only in the physical movement and mental benefits but in spending time in the now.