Tag Archives: meditation

8 weeks to a better brain? Meditation changes your brain’s gray matter.

Our brain’s gray matter can change in shape and size (for the better!) after just eight weeks of practicing meditation. 16 participants took part in an eight-week meditation practice at The University of Massachusetts’ Center for Mindfulness (est.1979!) (more info HERE). The participants meditated “on nonjudgmental awareness of sensations, feelings, and state of mind” and also incorporated mindful yoga and movement. They practiced daily… Read more »

make time for your mat

Sometimes, for me, it feels like the last thing I have time for today is yoga… and I know I’m not alone in this! Some great advice from Sadie Nardini: Life won’t make space for your yoga practice unless you take it. Making yoga a “regular” part of your life can help strike a healthy balance between energy and exhaustion,… Read more »

enlightenment for idiots : summer reads

In Enlightenment for Idiots, by Anne Cushman, at the command of her editor, Amanda heads to India to write a guidebook on Enlightenment. To her enlightenment is defined as; “As I understand it, enlightenment is a state of blissful awareness that’s not dependent on any external circumstances… It’s the understanding that you’re not separate from anything else in the universe; the… Read more »

meditation benefits neurological disorders: patients AND caregivers

There is growing evidence that even brief (5 days −8 weeks) meditation programs may improve neuropsychological, metabolic, and clinical profiles in a range of populations. Studies show meditation reduces stress [26, 30, 33], anxiety [28, 31, 33], and depressive symptoms [33–35], enhance quality of life [30, 34], decrease sleep disturbance [32], cognition [35], reduce sympathetic activation, and enhance cardiovagal tone [27, 36]. Most recently, 10… Read more »

Tutorial: meditation 101

Being in the present moment is a meditation practice. There is a challenge in sitting still in meditation and watching the activity of the brain/mind. Anytime you sit with the intention and willingness to be mindful, transformation will happen. At first, you want to bring stability to the mind, perhaps by focusing on one thing, such as the breath (note: you can… Read more »

“A Pranayama a day…”

“Prana is the breath of life of all beings in the universe.” B. K. S. Iyengar Light on Pranayama Pranayama lies at the heart of yoga and is defined as the control of the breath, or life force. According to the Bhagavad Gita,  prāṇāyām is made from 2 separate Sanskrit words,  prāṇ and āyām, and translated to “trance induced by stopping all breathing”. Pranayama is the fourth ‘limb’ of… Read more »

Favourite Things – Yoga Props

After all the sitting and visiting I did over the holidays, my hamstrings ache at the sight of a forward fold! … this is why I LOVE yoga props! With a little extra love & support, I can safely start stretching those pesky hamstrings back out! 1. Bolster … this is my go-to! It’s useful underneath your pelvis to tip it forward… Read more »