Numerous studies demonstrate that physical exercise, even a gentle walk, can brighten your mood and change your perspective. But did you know that just 2 minutes of focused meditation several times a day can bring about profound changes in your health and well-being?
Being happy and calm requires balance in our nervous system. Recent research has revealed that we can achieve this balance through short but frequent practice. The doorway to this calm contentment lies in the enteric nervous system or ‘belly brain’, a vast network of neurons that line the digestive tract. Tight abdominal tissue keeps our fight-or flight response switched on and can cause digestive symptoms. Simple techniques such as mindful belly breathing and tummy massage can reverse the stress response and change our mood in minutes. The little-and-often rule applies: practice for 2 minutes several times a day to re-set your happiness baseline so you feel calm and content more of the time, regardless of circumstances.
The practice of mindful movement, often based on hatha yoga or tai chi, has a positive impact on your mental well-being. Neuroscience confirms that mindful movement can literally re-wire your brain, turning down the volume on negative thought patterns associated with anxiety, depression, pain and addictions. Mindfulness practices build mental and emotional resilience, allowing us to get the most out of life.
Being mindful means paying deliberate attention to whatever is happening in the present moment. We can develop the mindfulness habit by practising mindful movement, as well as lying, seated or walking meditation. Scientists use the term ‘interoception’ to describe the art of paying attention to subtle fluctuations in bodily sensations, a key component of any mindfulness practice. As well as increasing mental and emotional resilience, interoception also offers physical health benefits, such as:
- benefitting gut flora and boosting immunity
- strengthening the connective tissue matrix – bone, muscle, joint, tendon, skin
- improved circulation
Experience these benefits at our Hatha and Mindful Yoga classes. For a complete nervous system re-boot, why not join Paula on Saturday June 23rd for a ‘Mindful Movement and Deep Relaxation’ workshop at Om Yoga. Through the practice of mindful movement, body scanning, seated and walking meditation, we will strengthen the mind-body connection, helping you to feel calm and centred. You will also learn simple 2 minute mindfulness techniques to reset your nervous system when you are feeling stressed or sad.
For more info and booking, get in touch on 087 2071530 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Om Yoga, 18 Springfield, off Blackhorse Avenue, Dublin 7