What is Yoga Nidra? Is it Savasana? No….Yoga Nidra is yogic sleep and is about being in a relaxed state of awareness, mostly a guided meditation of sorts…. and yes it can lead to sleep for some. It is an ordered method of inducing complete mental, emotional and physical relaxation. Savasana on the other hand, is […]
We humans are repetitive beings. As children, we learn by hearing the same stories. As students, we learn by reciting facts. And as adults, we habitually reiterate the same stories over and over again, often moving throughout our days in a sort of robotic hypnosis, repeating the same phrases to ourselves in our heads. While […]
I find meditation hard. Certainly the sitting still bit, so I tend to prefer a movement with my arms, or my fingers floating over beads to keep me focused. What ever way you find works, and whenever you settle into your meditation, this article is a great reminder just how healing it is for the mind to be quiet, focused and to lower our stress levels.
Sara Lazar, a neuroscientist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, was one of the first scientists to take the anecdotal claims about the benefits of meditation and mindfulness and test them in brain scans.
This is an interesting article on spinal and arterial flexibility, in that it may share similar components of muscles and collagen connective tissue. They also suggested that stretching reduces the sympathetic (or fight-or-flight) limb of our nervous system and less sympathetic activity relaxes arteries. Read the full article here.