Meditation teaches living every moment

Meditation Teaches living every moment

Meditation is an amazing way that trains your brain to stay calm and to live in this moment. A simple practice is to notice your thoughts by keeping a watch in your breathing pattern. Learning meditation takes practice, time and proper guidance. Learning through CDs or online meditation guides can also be done. To start with:

One

Inform people living with you that you should not be disturbed while you are meditating. Set a gentle timer on your phone to know when to stop. Start with 3-5 minutes, eventually building everyday as you gain confidence in your practise.

Two
Find a quiet spot and become comfortable. Sit on the floor on the edge of a cushion with or legs crossed. If this uncomfortable, sit in a chair.

Three

Close your eyes and observe your breathing. While doing this, try avoiding getting distracted by thoughts. Even if it happens, let them pass by.

Four
Start to observe the world surrounding you, without opening your eyes. Pay attention to your thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations. Take in all that you smell or hear. Feel it emotionally or physically.

Five

Open your eyes to come out of the practise. Start living every moment.

 

 

Peek a boo, I see you

It’s funny how you could buy a toy that you think is great, give it to your baby and they only play with it for five minutes then start to cry.

It’s too much for them. I could give my babies as many toys as I want but after a while they would still just want me.

Since the beginning of the third month, a baby can normally start to smile at the appearance of human faces. You can use this developmental achievement to start playing the Peek-a-boo game with your baby.

Lean over your baby, cover your face with your hands or a baby wrap and ask “where am I”, remove your hands and say “Here I am”.

When I play this with my babies they all react with joy and smiles. Better still, this game is the start of your babies cognitive development which is much needed in the toddler years when they start learning how to speak.

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6 Tips on speaking to your Newborn Baby

With the help of your voice and speech, your baby will develop the habit of active listening, which is a prerequisite for the development of any child’s speech and language. Although your baby will not be able to understand you, your voice will be like magic to them. Because all babies have an inborn need for social interaction. Speaking to your little one will help develop strong bonds between yourselves and secure attachment as well.
Here are a few tips on talking to your baby

1. Talk to your baby from day one about anything and everything and never stop.

2. Always talk to your baby as a respectful person.

3. Talk in a simple way so your baby can understand you and the tones in your voice.

4. Repeat their name, again and again. Tell them that they are a good boy / girl. Positively encourage them.

5. Talk with soft, singing like voice.

6. Your face should be close to a Newborn baby while talking or playing, so that she can see you better whilst they are young.

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Yoga for seniors

 

Yoga for seniors , follow the guidelines to stay flexible

Doing yoga at any age is acceptable. It is a matter of picking the yoga type you wish to do within your abilities. However, practicing yoga helps aging better as you can build strength and stay flexible through low-impact moves.

Yes, seniors or older people can do yoga asanas. Yoga is union of various aspects of existence such as the mind, body, breath, etc. In fact, yoga can be performed on and off the mat. It is possible for people in all ages and also from all walks of life. Using the yoga techniques to create a joyful and harmonious existence helps.

Elderly can perform gentle yoga asanas. However, if you are new to Yoga it is best first get your doctors approval and practise from the guidance of a yoga teacher. Here are some basic guidelines for seniors to keep in mind.

Always do gentle yoga warm-ups. It may also be beneficial before you begin your yoga session to go for a brisk walk to warm up the whole body offering the joints movement.
Practise breathing techniques (pranayama) in the most comfortable sitting or laying position for you and your body.
It is beneficial to practise a vinyasa flow sun salutation. However ensure this is modified to suit your body and ability with your yoga teacher.
Standing yoga poses such as Triangle Pose and Warrior 2 are examples of some simple poses to perform. Using props such as blocks, walls or seats aid in correct postural alignment.
Sitting yoga poses such as modified butterfly pose, seated forward fold, child’s pose and cat stretch are beneficial poses for seniors. Using blocks, blankets or bolsters can assist in all sitting positions.
Laying positions such as modified laying butterfly, laying spinal twist or relaxation is beneficial. Ensure proper use of yoga props are used.
Relaxation such as Yoga nidra techniques is one of the most essential part of yoga practice, and with the progress of the age, it is beneficial to have every day. If the body doesn’t allow you to practise everyday, just sitting comfortably with a guided yoga nidra practise is all you need.

Seniors practising yoga asanas should opt for comfortable and stable pose so that it is done with awareness and in a comfortable manner.

Check your inner gauge; just do only as much as you can. Ensure you are able to retain a smile while performing the yoga. Any yoga performed causing a frown on your face or pain is an indication to stop.

The asanas performed by younger individuals may be more challenging in terms of holding the pose, the effort exerted in the posture and in the flexibility. This may include cardio vascular movements and is more appropriate to promote body fitness and endurance to high level.

With age, the seniors must avoid yoga poses that cause trouble. This is because with age the immune system and the efficiency of the body deteriorates, thereby increasing the chances of diseases. However, with regular yoga techniques practice, such as meditation, pranayama and asanas, even senior can stay away from unwanted misery and enjoy a more fulfilling and happy life. May you find peace, joy and happiness in your yoga practise.

Ways to pull yourself through depression

 

Depression is a part of life and once it appears, it does not vanish on its own. There may be a need of a counsellor, therapist or doctor if you wish to feel better. However, following this pattern may help yourself to come out of depression.

Exercise. Take a brisk walk everyday for 15- to 30-minute, dance, bike or jog, as you prefer. People depressed are not keen in staying active. It’s hard to become motivated. But find ways to get started on the active journey. Once you follow the exercise habit and you stick to it, you will observe a difference in your mood.

Getting aerobic exercise in association with yoga poses drives away depression. Start attending a yoga class near you or practise at home with guidance from online yoga resources. Involving breathing exercises and meditation is paramount in yoga to assist with depression.

Ensure good nutrition by nurturing yourself. Depression affects appetite. Some may dislike eating at all, but few others may end overeating. If depression affects your eating, you may be extra mindful of getting perfect nourishment. Proper nutrition influences a person’s energy and mood. So eat plenty of vegetables and fruits with regular meals.

Becoming aware, identifying troubles and the situations contributing to your depression is necessary. Talking is an ideal way to release feelings and to obtain some understanding and awareness.

Once you work with these feelings and thoughts, turn them to something positive. Allow those feelings to not have any power anymore. Solve problems. Ask for help if it’s required. Stay connected to family and friends. They can help relieve depression. It may help them feel there’s something they can do instead of just watching you hurt.

Notice good things. Depression affects thoughts of a person, making everything seem hopeless and negative. If depression makes you negative, try to notice good things in your life. Consider your gifts, strengths, or blessings. Above all, be patient with yourself. Depression heals with action in time.

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