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This is a guest post by my friend Victoria, of the blog Yogi Mami.
Victoria, CYT, RH INHA, has been a yoga enthusiast for over a decade. She created and manages the yoga program at Chakra Pilates & Yoga in San Diego, CA since 2009. The program was voted Best Yoga Studio in Point Loma in 2012 by the Peninsula Beacon. She is a certified Reiki Master specializing in Chakra Balancing and Meditation. The classes she offers includes: Heated Vinyasa flow, Candlelight Chakra Balancing, Barre, Prenatal Yoga, Mommy & Me Yoga, and her highly popular Baby Yoga and Yoga for Birth Workshops. She also currently offers outdoor Mommy & Me workouts around San Diego. In December 2012 Victoria became the San Diego Prenatal Fitness Examiner for Examiner.com.
Her hobbies include composting, gardening, beading, cooking, homesteading, spending time with her family and friends, and writing and researching articles for her blog and world renowned natural health news sites NaturalNews.com, MindBodyGreen.com, and PowerOfPositivity.com.
Meditation is one of the best things you can do for your body. Wise Zen masters agree that you should meditate at least 15 minutes a day, unless you are too busy, in that case you should meditate for an hour! For many of us in the western world finding time to meditate can seem impossible between work and family obligations and never ending To-Do lists. This article will share with you just how important meditation is for our health and simple ways to include meditation into your daily routine.
Benefits of Meditation Include:
- Boosts Immune System
- Lower Cholesterol
- Improve Circulation
- Treat Insomnia
- Reduce Stress
- Counter Anxiety
- Ease Chronic Pain
- Improve Memory
3 Simple Ways to Meditate
- Guided Meditation- This type of meditation uses the imagination as a way to diffuse thoughts and distractions. Using visualization you can create a peaceful place where it is easy to find relaxation. Engaging the senses helps to become fully immersed into the daydream making a more vivid experience. This deeply relaxed state allows us to draw insight and inspiration from the subconscious mind.
- Breathing Meditation-This practice observes the breath as it moves in and out of the body. It is as simple as noticing how the breath moves in and out of the body effortlessly. There are times when the mind wanders away from the breath which is a normal part of meditation. When you begin to notice that the breath is not being observed simply bring the awareness back to the experience of breathing.
- Mindful Meditation- This practice is similar to breathing meditation. Focus on the breath to quiet the mind and when thoughts appear in your mind don’t suppress or ignore them but use your breath as an anchor as you watch every thought come and go. Whether it be hope, fear or anxiety allow yourself to become aware of your thoughts and actions in the present moment without judgement.
Tips To Get Started
- Just Do It!- Even if it is for 5 minutes. Starting with a small habit is the first step to consistently achieving it.
- Meditate First Thing in the Morning- Starting your day off with a meditation session is a great way to center yourself and keep a peaceful feeling throughout the day. By including meditation into your morning routine you are able to make time for this ritual before you get carried away by the events of the day.
- Aknowledge Thoughts- When starting meditation it is difficult to stop the endless chatter of the mind. Allow yourself to simply observe these thoughts without getting distracted and allow the thought to slip away. If all else fails focus on your breathe and you will notice your mind will begin to quiet.