“It was only when I remained alone that I discovered a new world in this field, a world without aim and without competition, where the body can start again and again to function naturally and happily, allowing expansion to take place.”
– Vanda Scaravelli
Have you tried to meditate before, but aren’t quite sure how it works and why you should make this apart of your regular daily routine? Join us a simple 10-minute meditation by the Mediterranean Sea. Take this opportunity to listen to your breathe and the waves to help quiet your busy mind. If you haven’t heard about the health benefits of meditation check out the list below otherwise, let’s get started.
- Reduced stress
- Decreased anxiety levels and anxiety related mental health issues
- Promotes emotional health by reducing depression symptoms and a positive outlook on life
- Enhanced self awareness
- Lengthened attention span and improved concentration
- Reduced age-related memory loss
- Increased compassion toward yourself and others
- Recovery from addiction, lose weight and redirect other unwanted habits
- Improved sleep
- Helps diminish the perception of pain in the brain
- Decreased blood pressure levels aiding in reducing extra strain on the heart and arteries preventing heart disease
* These health benefits were taken from .
- Carve out ten minutes in your busy day to be still and start the process of selfcare.
- Turn off or mute any electronic devices to help you be still, such as your smartphones, computers, Apple watch, etc.
- Find a comfortable space for yourself either seated or in a supine position such as savasana pose.
- Place one hand over your heart and the other hand near your belly button OR rest both arms down by your side. The key is find a comfortable position for yourself.
- Close your eyes. On each inhalation and exhalation breathe in and out through your nose to help activate your parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest).
- After the ten-minutes slowly open your eyes and wiggle your toes before returning back to your day.
- Scan your body from your toes traveling up the ankles, knees, hips, spine, wrist, elbows, shoulders, neck, and jaw until you arrive at the top of your skull. Notice if your breath pattern has shifted and how body feels post meditation session. Imagine how your body and mind would feel if you kept up this daily meditation practice.
Click on the Sunrise Meditation video below to get started:
We hope you enjoyed this beginner’s guide to starting a daily meditation practice. We believe in treating the whole person with a holistic approach and blend our knowledge and training of movement, nutrition, massage therapy and traditional chinese medicine.
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Assumption of the Risk: By attempting any of the exercises, you do so at your own risk. We make no representations, guarantees or warranties that the information or exercises on this blog are appropriate for you or will result in improvements of your medical condition or function.
Not medical advice or physical therapy. This content is intended to provide information and instructions on general exercises that may help increase strength, mobility, and function for specific areas of the body. It is not intended to be a substitute for obtaining a medical diagnosis or medical or physical therapy advice from a qualified licensed provider. You should seek medical advice from a qualified physician or physical therapist before trying any of the exercises or self-treatment suggestions on this blog, particularly if your pain is from a traumatic injury or event.
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