How to Meditate for Beginners

How to Meditate for Beginners

How do you master the practice of meditation? The primary purpose of meditation is to improve your mental health through mindfulness. You are learning to be aware of your mind and your breathing.

While learning how to meditate is straightforward, many find it strange or even awkward to sit in silence and do nothing. Despite it seeming like a passive activity, meditating really is an active practice and a great way to train and tune the mind. It can even transform your perspective on life, helping you to cultivate new habits. Finding a place that’s quiet and feels calm is vital when meditating. Avoid any distractions that can make your mind wander or prevent your body from relaxing. While a little soft background music isn’t discouraged, we suggest avoiding it if you’re a beginner.

To build  a habitual meditation practice, you’ll need to practice a few times a week if possible. Additionally, set a time limit for every meditation session. For example, if you’re a beginner, start with short periods of 2 to 5 minutes and work your way up with time. Relaxation is a vital aspect of meditation, so always wear comfortable clothes. Inhale deeply and expand your stomach. Then breathe out, slowly drawing your stomach in. If you notice your mind starting to wander, bring it back by focusing on your breathing. Thoughts can arise that distract you. Don’t be too hard on yourself when your mind wanders. It’s a common occurrence. Just come back to centered, bringing your mind’s attention to the stillness and silence around you, the sense of your own heart beating and again, your breaths.

Pay attention to your body! If you are uncomfortable you may want to sit in a different position. Meditation is not just about the moment; it’s about practicing mindfulness every day and being able to calm and center yourself in any environment. The more you meditate, the less likely you are to feel stressed and agitated. Once you become comfortable and confident with your meditation practice, you will see and experience more benefits in your life.

Yoga to Stretch Neck Muscles & Ease Shoulder Stiffness – OneNest Yoga with Lisa

Yoga to Stretch Neck Muscles & Ease Shoulder Stiffness – OneNest Yoga with Lisa

Our resident yogi and wellness expert, Lisa Sorensen serves up an easy to digest 10-minute yoga practice that will help stretch out stiffness in the neck & shoulder area and relieve tension.

“the perfect practice for loosening up the body”

This sequence will relieve stiffness, pain and pressure that are common in the upper body due to stress, lifestyle or other forms of fitness activities. This is a beginner friendly class that I hope you will enjoy! If you sit at a desk all day, or spend a great deal of time on your computer, this is a great class to do on a regular basis to improve tension in the neck and shoulder that can sometimes cause headaches.

Namaste

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Yoga for Stress Reduction & Ultimate Peace of Mind

Yoga for Stress Reduction & Ultimate Peace of Mind

Our resident yogi and wellness expert, Lisa Sorensen serves up an easy to digest 10-minute yoga practice that will help reduce stress and bring peace of mind.

“go within and you’ll never have to go without

Ultimate peace is within all of us, and when we make tapping into this place of peace a daily habit, we can improve our energetic, physical, and mental health. I hope this short practice will go a long way in bringing you stress relief and PEACE of mind.

Namaste

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Healthy Habits for the Heart

Healthy Habits for the Heart

More and more studies are showing that a regular yoga practice is good for the heart. Yoga and meditation have a calming effect on the nervous system which helps to lessen the impact of everyday stress on our overall health. These improvements may help prevent heart disease and has been proven to help people with existing cardiovascular conditions.

Scientific research has proven that a consistent yoga practice can contribute to maintaining optimal health and wellness and can also support holistic healing of the mind and body — down to a cellular level!!  Our goal is to give everyone with a desire to practice, access to the tools and information that make yoga so transformative. There is no better time than now to start practicing yoga.

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Namaste