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:

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

 

 

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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6 reasons to get out of bed early for yoga

6 Benefits of early rising and performing yoga

Practicing yoga, pranayama and asana has a positive effect and can set your day up positively when practised as you first awake. Here are 6 reasons that will hopefully get you out of bed earlier.

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Yoga promotes the pineal gland to excrete melatonin, a hormone that regulates sleep patterns. Thus, the sleeping pattern, rhythm gets regulated and the hormones are in perfect balance. This can potentially lead to better sleeping patterns at night. Practicing yoga as a habit in the morning is useful as your body gets accustomed also to rising from bed each day at the same time. This will lead naturally to you awaking alert and energized.

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People rising early and exercising regularly are healthier. Having a morning routine established promotes you to stick to the schedule. Practicing in the morning offers outstanding relief. The yoga practice done in association with exercise before 8am offers a discipline of your routine and feeling of self-empowerment. Thus it ensures mental strength and the early morning yoga helps in building consistent and healthy routine to yoga practice.

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Early morning yoga promotes metabolism. It warm ups your digestive system and assists nutrients in moving through the body easily, thereby causing to metabolize the fats and carbs quickly. The twists that your body receives help invigorating vital organs and the asanas in the first thing awaken bellies, easing any pains or aches in the morning.

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Breathing techniques (pranayama) in the morning yoga practice awakens your mind and entire body to a clear start. The fresh oxygen wakes up your brain and offers a caffeine jolt without the addiction of caffeine. Besides, the energy boost on doing deep pranayama is high and you are able to stay more productive. Even on days you are exhausted, you will feel live after the early morning yoga the next day and it absolutely rules out the need of caffeine to feel fresh.

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Morning stretching prevents achiness and injury throughout the day. This can be done by stretching tight bodies. Especially people sitting the entire day at a desk are sure to feel the yoga poses performed in the early morning of immense use as it drives away the sedentary feel of being in one position for hours.

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Yoga increases the flexibility of the spine and promotes better posture. The yoga poses you practise every time you wake up will set muscle memory into effect so that walking and standing as the day progresses is done easily and with better postural awareness.

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Overcoming grief and loss with yoga

Yoga allows overcoming grief and loss as power to transformation

The most powerful lessons that yoga imparts is the art of surrender, the letting go art. Using yoga to practice helps in surrendering, whether it is psychological challenges or physical sensations. It manifests powerfully beyond our mats. Thus, knowing to let go into the moment can permeate our lives with power to transformation, particularly during grief or deep emotional turmoil.

Fear of losing a person you love or facing mortality may be paralyzing. The fact unfathomable is the ‘not being’ fact that is avoided at all costs. As grief strikes on losing a partner, friend, parent or a child, one is overtaken by sorrow and the absence leaves a deep void, unable to think how to go on.

Considering yoga at such times is a strategy to cope with such times. It helps us to surrender and let go. It teaches release of attachments that we do not require. The fifth Yama in Yoga philosophy commands to release attachment to possessions. This is applicable to title, occupation, accomplishments and certainly to bodies as well.

Yoga instructs to keep your bodies and homes, clean. It speaks on the purity importance and to stay connected with divinity. Thus, with regular yoga practice, one learns to keep the body clean as cleanliness represents a state of impermanence. Body also becomes soiled and the homes also require cleaning, the same is with our minds and hearts.

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Each time we step on the yoga mat, we offer the Pratyahara practice. This yoga of the fifth limb means withdrawing our senses from the world. The pratyahara state releases our inclination towards the external world and we let go the need to see, touch, feel or hear anything, beyond the true essence. How a pose looks, in this surrender state is not the concern; the only concern is that our hearts are free to open. During pratyahara, we stay connected to our true essence that is unchanging.

It may appear mysterious that physical postures in a series or breath meditation equip one with essential tools to move through death, grief and emotional pain. But, with regularity and over time, practice teaches to surrender, no matter what the moment entails. Thus, performing yoga teaches you to let go of all the aspects of life, that you may have considered it highly valuable.

After losing my own mother to cancer as a teenager, I am deeply entrusted to the power of yoga and how it soothes the soul and allows us to keep on living every moment with full heart and full purpose.