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Friday Faves: Vol. XIV

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Wellness Wednesday: Meditation

Happy Wednesday! Today I’m going to be talking about the benefits of meditation and sharing some links to meditations that I have used in the past.

I think meditation is so beneficial but sometimes it’s hard to sit down and forget everything on your to do list. To me, it’s similar to yoga in that I always feel better after I do it but it’s sitting down to actually do it that’s the hard part. Sometimes I think why would I put off finishing all of these things that are stressing me out when I could simply just do those things now.

Here’s misconception #1 meditation can be as long as you need it to be! I will be linking 15, 30, and 60 minute options but there are so many more out there! You don’t need to sit clear an hour of your day to do meditation. You can also meditate anywhere! Meditation is a form of mental exercise you can take with you everywhere.

The following information is from this Mayo Clinic article:

  • Meditation helps you focus on the present.
  • Meditation helps increase patience.
  • Meditation increases self awareness.
  • Meditation can help medical conditions like anxiety, asthma, depression, high blood pressure, sleeping problems, and tension headaches.

Here are the types of meditation out there:

  • Guided meditation: This is the type of meditation I am most familiar with. Of the different types of guided meditation I am most familiar with the ones that talk you through bringing awareness to different body parts or the ones that have you visualize a relaxing scene.
  • Mantra meditation: This is when you repeat a word or phrase in your head or outlaid for a period of time.
  • Mindfulness meditation: This is a type of meditation that focuses on being in the moment.
  • Qi gong: this is a type of traditional Chinese meditation that that combines meditation, physical movement, and bringing awareness to our thoughts and breath.
  • Tai Chi; I took this type of meditation as a physical education class for school and it was so much fun! Tai Chi is another way to connect mindfulness and breath with movement.  I learned Tai Chi Chuan which incorporates a sword into the mix. This is also a great way to improve balance.

Here are some resources for you guys to try your hand at mediation:

Guided Meditation  & To End Your Day: from the creator of the Pilates Challenge. She also has a meditation challenge that I will be trying soon! Both of these are around 15 minutes.

Silva Meditation: about 30 minutes long, just a heads up… I have never made it to the end of this one!

Tai Chi: here is a beginning Tai Chi lesson. The whole video is around 10 minutes but once you learn it it should only take 5, unless you chose to repeat it.

Choosing Mantras: this is a short clip that teaches you a little more about picking mantras.

Stay relaxed!

xox,

Marissa

 

 

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Wellness Wednesday: 30 Days of Mindful Movement

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I know my head is cut off but this was the first time I ever jumped back from crow! And how cute is my dog Maggie!

If you haven’t guessed already, today’s Wellness Wednesday is another yoga flow!

Alo Yoga has created a series of videos called 30 Days of Mindful Movement and it is such a great way to expand your yoga practice! I love all of the twists and variations on traditional yoga that I have learned from this series. It really gets you thinking about yoga in a different way. For so long I had seen teaching yoga as a fun job that I was lucky to have. And to an extent I had seen it as making shakes when yoga is so much more than getting into a shape. It is about the journey, I’m not the most flexible in my shoulders and hips so when I finally get a pose it’s even more rewarding because I know how much time I dedicated to gaining flexibility in those areas.

Yesterday was actually the last day of new videos as they uploaded them as a way to get a  fresh start on the New Year. Each week had a theme that had you being mindful as you were loading the videos.

Week one: resolutions

Week two: energize

Week three: mindfulness

Week four: strength

Alo filmed so many great teachers but my favorites were definitely Andrew Seely and Josh Kramer. I love seeing the incredible control they have over their bodies. Andrew just has a great energy that makes his classes so fun. Josh made me step out of my comfort zone. Two of my favorite things I learned from him were Malasana squats (found in day 4) which is great for opening the hips and strengthening the legs and jump back from crow. I had just gotten crow in the first place and never thought I would be able to jump back. 24 hours after my first attempt in Josh’s class (also day 4) I was able to do it, not as gracefully as Josh can but still it’s all about the process!

If you’re looking for a way to get involved in, or deepen, your yoga practice this is the series for you! Get started by practicing mindfulness for just 30 minutes every day for the next 30 days. Alo has coordinated classes from vinyasa to yin yoga, and from beginner to more experienced, this is such a good investment of your time! If you take the time to be mindful you will grow stronger in mind and body.

Thank you Alo!

xox,

Marissa