What is the benefit of meditation?
Breathing deeply has a wonderful effect on both the mind and body. When the body breathes deeply, the brain recognises that all is well and we are safe. It is the “off button” to our natural stress response. This focus is needed more now than ever because busy lifestyles and worried minds mean that naturally our breath is faster than it needs to be. The brain interprets this to mean that we are not entirely safe triggering adrenaline and cortisol to keep us on guard! Prolonged periods of moderate to elevated stress play havoc with our adrenal glands and this in turn, effects all the processes (including weight loss) in the body.
Will this have a positive affect on my mental health?
An anxious mind is the result of a stressed out body. A stressed out body is the result of an overactive mind. Connecting to your breath, slowing your brain down – will help you focus on the positive things and there will be less space for anxious thought. With stress and anxiety, it is often the feeling of not being in control that makes the whole thing so much worse. Taking the matter into your own hands and believing that you have the ability to enjoy every day is totally life-changing.
I have recorded this 15 minute practice so that you can easily factor it into your day and can do it any time of the day or night. Some people like to do it after a yoga session or workout, others prefer to do it at night or first thing in the morning. Experiment and see what you prefer!
Like I say with exercise and with yoga, it doesn’t need to take up huge amounts of time but the effort needs to be consistent. Small and often cultivates habits that change the relationship you have with yourself for the better.
It won’t always be perfect. You aren’t winning or failing – you are accepting yourself in all forms. Be as kind to yourself as you are to others. Go to your mat when you need to recharge and re-set. Trust and commit to the process.
You are evolving every single day. Stay focused on your journey and breathe easy…