Did you know asana (physical practice) is just one of the eight limbs of yoga leading to enlightenment or Samadhi? Taking a couple steps back from that blissful state we find dharana (concentration) and dhyana (meditation).
Meditation can be an incredibly powerful tool to find inner peace and tranquility in our often crazy daily lives. It has even been scientifically proven to somehow rewire the brain.
Earlier this year a study published in Biological Psychiatry scientific thoroughness to mindfulness meditation and for the first time shows that, unlike a placebo, it can change our brains and potentially improve our health.
Two stressed out groups of study participants spent three days with one group receiving thorough mindfulness meditation instruction and practice while the other received sort of sham relaxation techniques (such as chattering and listening to their leader crack jokes).
After three days brain scans of the group that actually practice meditation showed more activity, or communication, among the portions of their brains that process stress-related reactions and other areas related to focus and calm. Four months later, those who had practiced mindfulness showed much lower levels in their blood of a marker of unhealthy inflammation than the relaxation group, even though few were still meditating.
Start with Just 10 Minutes a Day
See if you can set aside just 10 minutes, somewhere in your day, to start up a meditation practice. Check in with yourself after a week or two and see how you feel!
Think about how often you may waste 10 minutes, scrolling through Facebook or Instagram for instance. It’s so easy to make excuses for why we don’t have time for something. Instead, find a reason to make time for something that can reap major benefits in your life!
Here’s a 10 minute meditation that can be done day or night to relieve stress and reduce anxiety:
Enjoy! Please leave a comment if there’s something else you’re working on that you’d like me to record a meditation for specifically.
In love & light,