Posts tagged meditation
Your Meditation Questions Answered

Meditation is widely known for helping to calm a chaotic mind, increase brain & immune function and reduce the production of stress hormones, and while the practice is becoming increasingly popular in western cultures, there is a still an air of mystery surrounding it.

Apps like Headspace and Insight Timer are doing wonders for helping regular people with busy lives access meditation, but I meet plenty of people on a daily basis who meditate or try to meditate often but still have questions. I’m not claiming to be an expert in meditation, by any stretch of the imagination, but I’ve put together the biggest/most common questions I get from my students when it comes to meditation & tried to answer them here.

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Practical Ways To Practice Self-Care During The Holidays

Be it financial stress, social pressures, or proximity-to-family based anxiety the holiday season can be pretty tough for some, if not all, of us at times. You might be feeling under pressure to be the perfect host, or maybe you’re feeling lonely or the loss of a loved one; whatever your reasons, self- care is super important at this time of year, more than any other. I’ve put together some practical ways to take care of yourself while still having fun, and performing any social duties you might have (and not a bubble-bath in sight!).

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Types of Meditation To Try Today

There are many different types of meditation you can try, but they all focus around the same principal; directing your mind's focus towards something in particular. Think of it as a work-out for the mind. The more we practice controlling where the mind wanders to, the easier it will be to do that when we really need to. Here are a few ideas for you when you're starting out. This is by no means an extensive list, but just a few that I've tried and have worked for me!

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3 Breathing Techniques To Use When You’re Freaking Out

For thousands of years breath control has been universally known as a simple and highly affective form of relaxation, pain management and as a tool for reducing anxiety (think about birth breathing techniques, or the simple image of breathing-into-a-paper-bag). But, I know, it’s easier said than done. Here are my top three breathing techniques you can try either as part of a regular meditation, or when you're just having bit of a meltdown.

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WTF is mindfulness, and do I really need it?

It’s a word you probably have had enough of by now; especially if you feel like you don’t have the time or the ‘energy’ to dedicate to this seemingly new ‘pop-culture’ practice. However, before you switch off because you think you’ve heard it all before…indulge me for just a moment while I explain what mindfulness is to me, how it really can have a positive effect on all areas of your life, and how you can incorporate it into your day-to-day routine with very little change.

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