November 20, 2019
Written by Guest Contributor, Nisha Miller
We live in a world that fills our every moment with images, demands, and communication. The pace quickens and the pressure builds until it’s too much. Meditation and yoga bring your mind back into the present away from the thoughts and feelings that increase your blood pressure. You may not think you have time to add one more thing to your schedule. However, meditation and yoga can be done at almost anytime or in any place.
In case you didn’t know, meditation has powerful effects on your health. Regular mediation practitioners develop the ability to trigger their “relaxation” response. By focusing their mind in the present, their blood pressure and heart rate can drop, even in times of stress. Meditation can also strengthen the connection between the brain’s logic and emotion centers. That helps logic stay in charge before stress can build.
Yoga, too, has many health benefits. A regular routine can reduce stress-related proteins in the blood. Among cancer survivors, it was also found to improve mood and energy levels. Of course, there’s also the flexibility and muscle strength it can develop too. Here are some simple ways to make mediation and yoga a normal part of your day.
Set your alarm a few minutes early. Keep a yoga mat next to your bed, and start your morning with some meditative breathing or yoga poses. The right sequence of poses can stimulate your mind and wake up sleepy muscles. If you have a stressful job, mediation can get you focused and mentally prepared for the day to come.
Is morning traffic enough to make your shoulders tighten? Listen to a meditation app while you drive or practice your deep breathing. You’ll arrive at work calm and ready to give your best.
Sore shoulders, necks, and backs need a break. Whether you’ve been standing behind a counter or sitting at a desk, move and stretch your body. Try a crescent moon pose, chair pigeon pose, or a desk chaturanga. It’ll get your blood moving and let your mind check out for a minute.
Work is over, but your day probably isn’t. Family time may involve driving kids to practices and rehearsals or navigating more traffic. If you’re commuting, pull out that meditation app again. Some deep breathing can help you release the tension that’s been building all day.
Meditation can be a good way to transition from your work brain to your home brain. Give yourself five or ten minutes of quiet time alone to meditate. You’ll be less likely to snap at kids or your spouse if you’ve taken a few minutes to yourself.
Meditation and/or yoga are an excellent addition to a bedtime routine. Both can be done from the comfort of your bed. Corpse pose is practically begging to be done with the lights out and sheets tucked around you. However, if your muscles are still tight, do a few easy poses next to the bed first.
Take care of yourself. Meditation and yoga will help you be present. You can use them as tools to build concentration or reduce stress at work and home. Give yourself time to learn how and when they help you the most. Making time for meditation or yoga is making time for yourself. And you deserve the greatest of care.
For more about meditation and yoga, contact Nisha Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org.