I never considered meditation as a solution to finding balance and peace until I stumbled upon a Russell Simmons video. Amazed by his insight on how yoga and meditation are life changing, I decided to try it myself.
What’s the real story?
Like many people, I didn’t like to practice meditation because it felt very foreign and unnatural. I felt this way myself for a long time until I did some research and opened up my mind. While it does have Hindu roots, there are many wonderful types of meditation to practice.
People fail to realize that meditation is closely related to prayer; all walks of life and religions do it. Meditation is done to slow the mind and be enlightened.
Here’s the deal:
Many of us are stressed and our health is suffering because of it. Taking a moment to slow down and quiet the mind creates a healthy internal environment.
- Decreases blood pressure
- Manages ADHD
- Stimulates gamma wave activity in the brain
- Improves mental function and focus
- Soothes premenstrual syndrome and menopausal symptoms
- Reduces inflammation
- Alleviates adrenal fatigue, and more
How can you actually get started?
Eventually, though, you want to move away from guided meditation. The goal is to decrease external distractions and stimuli so you can get the most out of each session.
Once you can meditate independently, you can advance to breathing exercises, or breathwork, to achieve a meditative state. Proper breathwork will energize the mind and increase blood oxygen levels, leaving you feeling brand new.
Personally, I use the 4-7-8 method to perform my breathwork.
Here are some other things to keep in mind:
- Meditation is great to do first thing in the morning, after a workout or in the evenings.
- Try to do it for at least 10 minutes.
- Don’t meditate when you are sleepy. It shouldn’t be a tool to go to sleep; you want your mind to be active.
- Meditation does not go well with caffeine or alcohol. You want to eliminate anything that alters your body’s natural chemistry.
Yoga! Meditation and yoga are an awesome pair because they marry breathwork, physical and mental agility and relaxation. I already have the gear; I just have to practice and get the moves down.
Plus size yoga can be a challenge, but the right props and training are key. Hopefully, I’ll be sharing plus size clothes and poses with you all in no time.
Please let me know what you do to reduce stress and achieve stillness.
Henna (She’s the best!)