Get Back

In this morning's meditation class (Meditation & More - held monthly) I invited everyone to become aware of their back. An often overlooked area of the body. So much of our lives are spent 'forward leaning'. Our reflexes are sharpened to always be in anticipation of some form of forward movement - answering the phone; responding to a knock at the front door; sitting on the edge of our seat at work as no sooner have we sat down, we generally find we need to get up and move again. 

 

The wonderful tehcnical gadgets that have been created to make our lives simpler (?) are adding to this by creating a deeper forward inclination of the head so we can engage with our devices. This has been dubbed as text-neck and the image below shows the impact this has on us.

 

 

Take a moment right now...

Right now, as you read this, take a moment to check in with your posture. Are you reading this on a device? Shift your position and hold the device higher to alleviate the weight of your head and its loading on your neck. Sitting on a chair? Sit with the whole of the pelvis in touch with the chair and a little more upright, feet flat to the floor.

Now become aware of the curve of your spine starting from the base all the way up to the base of the skull (close your eyes for a moment, but remember to open them after a few moments so you can carry on reading!)

 

We schedule ourselves so far ahead in our lives that for some of us, we will be committed to events a year + from the present moment. Whilst it's great to be popular and have an amazing social life, it's also indicative of changes in our lives that keep propelling us forward, leaving very little time to be present.

 

A quick way to address this balance is through the practice of meditation. We take time - as litle as 10 minutes - to sit and appreciate each moment as it unfolds - breath by breath.

 

Sounds too simple doesn't it? Yet in our supercharged days, this is just the balance that we need where we can get back into our bodies and so much easier when its something that requires very little of us other than a minimum of 10 minutes and the ability to focus on our breathing.

 

Less is more

We often think that we need to make grand gestures with most things (bigger = better, right?) Not in the case of meditation. In fact sitting for 10 minutes a day, each day is far more beneficial that sitting for 1 hour, once a week.

The reason for this is that meditation is 'dose effective'.

Also, finding a small amount of time each day is far easier than allocating a larger amount - this enables people to become more receptive to the practice of meditation itself, this then allows meditators to appreciate the many benefits that meditation brings, which then means they are more likely to practice more.

After 11 hours of practice, meditation can change the way our brains are wired.

 

What are the benefits of meditation?

  • Reduces stress
  • Reduces anxiety
  • Encourages emotional stability
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Improves the immune system
  • Increases your attention span
  • Helps you appreciate life more
  • Improves the function of your brain
  • Helps you sleep better
  • Encourages a greater sense of well being / happiness

 

Want to find out more?

Classes are held regularly on a monthly basis and there are plans to bring in a coffee morning meditation during the daytime weekly too. Mindfulness courses are scheduled regularly too. Details can be found here: Meditation & More

 

Unplug & Unwind

I'm also offering a chance to give your practice a kickstart on the retreat I'm offering in Italy in September 2016. There will be daily offerings of meditation alongside gentle yoga. A perfect way to 'Unplug & Unwind' from the day-to-day pressures and get back a sense of inner balance.

 

The retreat is being held at a beautiful retreat centre at Posara in Tuscany, and more details of the retreat programme can be found here: Watermill Yoga Retreat

 

*Early Bird* 

Book by the end of this year and receive a £75.00 discount (per person) when securing your place with a £250.00 deposit and you could be waking up to the view below for 5 days.

 

 

[Main blog image: Shutterstock under licence]

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