Meditation for stress – You-tube Meditation class – Guided Nadi Shodhana 12 rounds Pranayama Meditation
Here’s a beginners/all levels 15 minute guided Nadi Shodhana Pranayama/meditation. During this guided meditation you will bring your attention and awareness inwards, noticing first your natural breath, then working into 12 rounds of the Nadi Shodhana – Alternate Breathing technique, to bring you into a relaxed and balanced state. We then return back to the natural breath to notice subtle changes in both body and mind.
Nadis are subtle energy channels in the human body that can get blocked due to stress, mental and emotional trauma, and our lifestyle habits. The Nadi Shodhana Pranayama is a breathing technique that helps clear and purify these blocked energy channels, thus allowing the life-force (prana) to flow freely. Clearing mental clutter and calming the mind, this practice will lower the heart rate, rebalance the nervous system and balance the left and right hemispheres of the brain. Working with the left nostril in particular, will leave you feeling relaxed, it will ease anxiety and lower feelings of stress.
Do not practice if you have a cold, flu or high temperature. If you find one nostril blocked, return to the practice when more comfortable rather than trying to force or strain. All levels practice can be done seated with cushions or in a chair.
Meditation for beginners – You-tube Meditation class – Guided Diaphragmatic Breathing Meditation – Relax – Anxiety – Stress
Here’s a beginners/all levels 12 minute guided Diaphragmatic breathing meditation. During this 12-minute guided meditation you will bring your attention and awareness inwards, noticing your natural breath, and working into Diaphragmatic breathing to bring you into a relaxed and balanced state.
Diaphragmatic breathing, or “belly breathing,” involves fully engaging the diaphragm when breathing. This means actively pulling the diaphragm down with each inward breath. In this way, diaphragmatic breathing helps the lungs fill more efficiently.
Diaphragmatic breathing can be particularly effective for relaxation, reducing anxiety and stress and can aid pain management.
Meditation for beginners – You-tube Meditation class – 12 minute Guided Meditation – Loving Kindness for Self Compassion
Here’s a beginners/all levels guided Self Compassion meditation. During this 12-minute guided meditation you will bring your attention and awareness inwards, developing loving compassion for yourself, letting go of feeling unworthy, not good enough or negative beliefs about ourselves we can hold onto.
Open your heart, reconnect with yourself and the world around you. Self compassion can be particularly helpful when you are working on making life changes or working on personal development.
By reminding yourself of your innate goodness, you will develop patience and resilience when faced with difficulties.
Yin yoga has much in common with meditation and mindfulness practices. On a mental and emotional level, the practice allows the body to drop down into the parasympathetic nervous system, and therefore becomes deeply healing and nourishing.
While “yang” yoga focuses on your muscles, yin yoga targets your deep connective tissues, like your fascia, ligaments and joints.
A misconception is to think Yin yoga is easy. That seems to stem from a common belief that Yin Yoga is a form of restorative yoga. Although on the yoga styles scale it would certainly come closest to Restorative yoga, there are some essential differences to the practice. In Yin yoga you are actively trying to create space from the joints without allowing the muscles of the body to ‘take over’ whilst staying in a relaxed receptive state. Within restorative yoga you are allowing yourself to become completely relaxed.