Meditation teaches this ability and serves to help find perspective, awareness and personal responsibility.
Breathing and Self-Calming Techniques
Before reaching for a bottle of pills for anxiety, consider meditation first. Meditation, like yoga, teaches proper breathing techniques and self-calming. When we feel stressed, our breathing is short and quick and we experience rapid heartbeat.
The very nature of meditation is calmness, quiet, and removing the outside world from our space. The deeper the meditation, the deeper the relaxation.
And while people should certainly take medications that are needed for good health, those suffering from anxiety should consider meditation an intricate part of their all-round health focus.
Not all meditation is sitting quietly. Yoga infuses meditation into its techniques and is a great combination for both physical and mental health.
Yoga uses the body’s own weight to stretch and strengthen the body, allowing for a much stronger and toned physique.
Yoga can reshape the body so that clothes fit better. Muscles are stronger and leaner.
Yoga poses help with back and neck pain. And the best thing about it is that it is done at the pace of each person, not the class as a whole.
Relaxation and breathing techniques are part and parcel of yoga and there is generally a quiet, reflective start and end to the class. You can read my article It’s National Yoga Month! Which Style Will Work for You? here on the different kinds of yoga available and their benefits.
A wonderful thing about meditation is that you can’t overdo it, you can’t get hurt by it and there are no side effects!
Think of meditation as an important part of your health and wellness campaign that every person should have for themselves. Your body and mind will love you for it.
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