Stress. It’s around us daily.
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Our lives are stressful. It’s almost impossible to get around it and even harder to control the stress. Because of this our body is regularly sitting in our sympathetic nervous system, which is basically our flight or fight response. Our body is not designed to be in this state for long periods of time but due to increasing stress in our lifestyles, this is beginning to happen. One of the best ways to transfer your body back to the parasympathetic nervous system (a more relaxed state) is the completion of regular meditation.
Meditation involves increasing mindfulness and focusing on the breathing of the individual. This helps to induce a range of benefits with the main benefit being that of relaxation.
Various studies have shown the benefits of meditation in relation to stress. Once such study was published in general hospital psychiatry journal which followed up at 3 months and then 3 years and found that the subjects had noticeably lower levels of anxiety and stress when they completed regular forms of meditation. A study from the University of California even found that regular meditation lowered rates of overthinking and negative thought processes within the individuals.
Meditation doesn’t just help to lower markers of stress; it aids us in being able to function better while in a stressful situation. Regular meditation allows us more control of ourselves and when completed regularly will lower stress levels.
It can be as easy as just starting off with 10 minutes of meditation a day. Even this small amount will receive benefits. Longer forms of meditation will obviously be of greater benefit. But if you are new to meditation, a guided meditation experience would be the most beneficial to begin with.
RFT 6 Week Meditation Course
Thursday 30th of March at 730pm,
$60 for 6 weeks for donation towards Simmone’s (meditation teacher chosen charity)
located in the yoga studio of Real Fitness for more information click here
or to simply register email email@example.com
Don’t know if you can meditate?
If keeping still feels difficult right now I would recommend trying Yoga. As yoga brings awareness to the mind and body by slowing down the movement and focusing on breath. For a more of meditative yoga try Yin Yoga. We have two Yin Yoga classes Thursday night 6:30pm, Thursday 9:30am and Friday 9:45am.
If you want to understand more of Yin Yoga Anita will be holding a 2 hour Yin Yoga workshop this Sunday 2nd April 4:00pm to 5:30/6:00pm Bookings can be done today for more info or simply email firstname.lastname@example.org