Meditation is becoming a vital part of modern living. Having time to remove oneself from the world is a superb way for the active mind to refocus on the things that are important. At the meditation meetings Sarah teaches several pranayama tecniques that are simple to learn and very effective at stilling the mind, prior to meditation but also to use as a focusing tool within meditation itself. Alongside meditation and pranayama we cover some mantra and philosophical approaches to our lives. The bi weekly meditation in Hitchin, North Herts, meets on the second and last sunday of every month, except August and December. 7 - 8.30pm. Everyone is welcome, whether your a complete beginner to meditation or a more advanced practitioner.
YogaNidra Soundbath : 6.00pm - 7.00pm
Mantra & Meditation : 7.00pm - 8.00pm
YogaNidra Soundbath : 8.00pm - 9.00pm
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Breathing is a unique physiological function as it is both voluntary and automatic. By modifying one's breathing, taking slower, deeper breaths one has the ability to help control the nervous system. Ultimately, breathing slowly can induce a state of relaxation, focus, and calmness.
When we breathe only using the chest, our breathing becomes rapid and shallow. This kind of chest breathing doesn't fully expand the lungs and leaves static air in parts of the lungs. Expanding only parts of the lungs increases the likelihood of poor blood circulation, which impairs the functioning of the organs and can lead to infection or other health problems. Deep breathing stimulates and allows your lymph system to work better and thus, avoid circulatory problems. Pumped from the heart, blood circulates oxygen to the arteries and capillaries. Cells in our bodies take oxygen for their health and excrete toxins.Cells depend on the lymphatic as the only way to expel toxins.
How you breathe directly affects your cardiovascular system. Daily practice of deep, diaphragmatic breathing has been shown to have a positive effect on essential hypertension (high blood pressure of unknown cause). Other problems such as headaches and migraines, which can be caused by a lack of oxygen, will also benefit from deep breathing. Although breathing from your diaphragm is easy to do, the habit of doing it must be consciously cultivated before it can become automatic.
With our attention focused on correct breathing and developing positive patterns we can directly affect the brain wave cycle, inducing at state of calm, focused awareness, leading to meditation. When we allow the mind to have a single point of focus we dramatically reduce our stress levels and develop a more balance more harmoniuos state of mind. This eventually pours into our everyday awareness enabling us to react in a calmer and more positive way to everyday challenges and lifes ups and downs, rather than reacting to it, in a negative way.
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