I have a confession. It’s more than two weeks into January and I haven’t fallen off my year of meditation bandwagon. That’s not the confession. The fact that I’m shocked is the confession. I mean, I don’t have it any more figured out than anyone else. But last year I did notice that when I was in the moment, things we peaceful because I was not trying to be somewhere else.
Only good can come from this. Prior to living a yoga life I often used to say to myself, no good can come from this. What a difference living in the present makes. This morning I got up extra early to do my asana practice and meditation before taking sneaking in a class at my studio. Busy Friday.
As I delve deeper into trauma-senstive yoga and yoga therapy this kind of self-care seemed like a necessary part of my own journey. Naturally, these are tools that I will pass onto my students.
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction or MBSR is a mindfulness-based program designed initially to assist people with pain and a range of conditions and life issues that were difficult to treat in a hospital setting developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, which uses a combination of mindfulness meditation, body awareness/scanning and yoga to help people be more present. Recently, it’s been the subject of clinical trials and lot of research.
If greater well-being isn’t enough of an incentive, scientists have discovered the benefits of mindfulness techniques help improve physical health in a number of ways. Mindfulness can:
help relieve stress
treat heart disease
lower blood pressure
reduce chronic pain
alleviate gastrointestinal difficulties