Excercise and Meditation
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Quote of the day: "You will be who you will be. We are our choices. And we can choose to lead humanity away from this... darkness." - Icarus/Helios You can find strong powers of concentration in yourself.
The mind, body and spirit are all connected and when a person suffers from mild depression or anxiety, the body is out of balance. Yoga is a series of stretches that helps bring balance to the body; not just focusing on the body’s health, but also on the mind and spirit. Always consult a physician or counsellor if you are having ongoing feelings of depression or anxiety and before trying any new exercise program. 1.
Binaural beats are of interest to neurophysiologists investigating the sense of hearing. Second, binaural beats reportedly influence the brain in more subtle ways through the entrainment of brainwaves and can be used to produce relaxation, natural altered states of consciousness similar to what is experienced during meditation, and other health benefits such as pain relief. Binaural beats are auditory brainstem responses originating in the superior olivary nucleus as a result of different frequency auditory stimuli provided to each ear. Listeners to binaural beats "hear" a beat at a frequency equal to the difference between the frequencies of the applied tones. Thus, the effect on the brainwaves depends on the difference in frequencies of each tone, for example, if 300 Hz is played in one ear and 310 in the other, then the binaural beat would have a frequency of 10 Hz. A Brief History
So, are you looking for a free way to experience an altered state of consciousness? Well, if you are, then here is a simple but highly effective technique to use. This technique works best if you are a little sleepy but can also be effective if you follow progressive muscle relaxation. Start out by lying in your bed with your head propped in a comfortable position. Being propped provides a slight sense of discomfort that one needs in order for this exercise to work. You can start at your feet and work your way the top of your head or start at the top of your head and work your way down to your feet.
A Brief History Although there’s a paucity of recorded history on meditation, its roots travel back to ancient times. Researchers speculate that primitive hunter-gatherer societies may have discovered meditation and its altered states of consciousness while staring at the flames of their fires. Over thousands of years, meditation evolved into a structured practice. Indian scriptures called “tantras” mentioned meditation techniques 5000 years ago. Buddha, one of history’s major proponents of meditation, and a major meditation icon, first made his mark around 500 B.C.
Yoga refers to traditional physical and mental disciplines originating in India. The word is associated with meditative practices in Hinduism, Buddhism, Sufism, and Jainism. In Hinduism, it also refers to one of the six orthodox (āstika) schools of Hindu philosophy, and to the goal toward which that school directs its practices. In Jainism it refers to the sum total of all activities—mental, verbal and physical. Major branches of yoga in Hindu philosophy include Raja Yoga, Karma Yoga, Jnana Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, and Hatha Yoga.
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B reathing Exercises 1 & 2 Exercise 1: Breathing Meditation Begin by breathing deeply and fully, taking several deep breaths, connecting the inhale to the exhale. On every out-breath, feel your body relax, allowing tension to leave you. As you breathe, become aware of the areas of your body where you feel tense and breathe into those parts, imagining that the in-breath is loosening the tension and the out-breath is carrying away stress and tension, creating space inside you to relax more and more with each cycle of your breathing.
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This year, after 15 years of yoga practice and transforming my body, I found myself hitting a plateau. Though my practice regularly involves power moves like jumping forward into Crow Pose and holding Warrior Pose for a long time, my muscle tone seemed to be stuck on autopilot: never decreasing, but never really going to that next level, either. My body, it seems, has become accustomed to the level of my practice.
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"Practicing regular, mindful breathing can be calming and energizing and can even help with stress-related health problems ranging from panic attacks to digestive disorders." Andrew Weil, M.D. Since breathing is something we can control and regulate, it is a useful tool for achieving a relaxed and clear state of mind. I recommend three breathing exercises to help relax and reduce stress: The Stimulating Breath , The 4-7-8 Breathing Exercise (also called the Relaxing Breath), and Breath Counting . Try each and see how they affect your stress and anxiety levels.
Concentration is the secret key to a whole world of possibilities, enabling you to keep out distractions and focus on attaining your life goals. In addition it is an absolute prerequisite if you want to learn the art of meditation, as it helps ‘clear the road’ of any mental obstacles. However if anything the average concentration span is decreasing as life gets busier and busier and the world becomes filled with more things to distract and scatter our attention. Here is one very easy-to-learn concentration exercise which was taught to me by my meditation teacher Sri Chinmoy. It can reap tremendous rewards in terms of clarity, productivity and efficiency in your life, and it can be done with just a few minutes practise every day.
This meditation lasts 15 to 20 minutes. It is a meditation of SIX steps. Each step will take roughly two and half to about three minutes. I will first explain to you all the steps and then you can start. The FIRST is the step of rhythmic breathing.
It seems everyone is interested in meditation...talking about the wonderful benefits, recommending classes and discussing the different ways to "do it". But, for a beginner, just what is "it"? And how do you do "it"? Our busy, hectic, lifestyles may seem to prohibit this peaceful practice, or provide a convenient "excuse" not to begin, or continue, to meditate...but, the happy news is, you CAN successfully benefit even if you practice for short periods. With the simple technique described below, you will begin and incredible journey.