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Mindfulness as Part of a Full Life

Mindfulness as Part of a Full Life

Have you ever noticed that person that never seems bothered by anything? Who looks at people when they talk about stress, and just looks confused? You might think that they reach that level of personal satisfaction in life because nothing unfortunate ever happens to them. More than likely, that is not the case; the number of unfortunate situations they find themselves in is not statistically lower than other people. A more probable explanation is that they have found how much their lives are improved when they practice mindfulness. The regular practice of mindfulness techniques will help you overcome obstacles, reduce your stress levels, and increase your productivity. There are also several proven physical health benefits that also come with dedication to being mindful.

Obstacles, Stress, and Productivity

All of these topics are tightly interconnected. It is a triangle, and each point impacts the other two. When you are faced with an obstacle, it is quite common to become stressed. The stress leads to a chaotic mind and other unpleasant symptoms. With this added stress, you find yourself less productive. Finally, the triangle closes with your lack of productivity giving you more obstacles. This is a cycle that too many people live in, and some focus on mindfulness can help break you out of it.

Mindfulness is associated with being present in the current moment. This shifts the focus off of what could be and what might happen and lets you really pay attention to what is going on right now. This attention to the current moment lets you deal with the obstacles that you face in an effective manner. Because you are no longer distracted by what-ifs and worst cases, you can stay in a state of lower stress, and you will notice that you get more done. Gandhi was once heard to have said that he was so busy, he could not meditate once today; instead, he was so busy that he had to make time to meditate twice to successfully get through it all.

Physical Benefits of Mindfulness

Along with the ability to handle life’s little, and big, bumps, mindfulness has been shown to help your physical health in several ways. Mindfulness has been shown to reduce blood pressure, lower your resting heart rate, and even help you sleep better. A lot of these are clearly associated with the lower rates of stress reported by people who practice mindfulness with dedication.

For all the greatness that mindfulness can bring to your life, spending some time once or twice a day is completely worthwhile. When you can manage life’s challenges, and still stay satisfied with where you are, you will find that you fight against things less. This reduction in the effort against the world will leave you in a state of mind where you can be productive and happy. A person who is productive and happy is going to be less stressed, and that is a great thing. Stress is associated with a number of health issues, so be careful.

A Polite Yogi

A Polite Yogi

You try to be a polite person, and that means being considerate to those around you. However, you may be accidentally breaking some etiquette because you just do not know. Sometimes you might not be aware that when it comes to yoga etiquette it is important how you smell, how to keep your own space, and how to respect your instructor. If you are accidentally doing any others things wrong, don’t feel bad. The other people know you are not being rude on purpose, but now is a great time to work towards being more pleasant.

 

Smell and Body Odor

It should be common knowledge that keeping to a regular bathing schedule is a courtesy to those around you. This holds true for a yoga class as well. Being well kept does not mean being dolled up all the time, just make sure you shower regularly. Clean clothes are also a must, considering unwashed yoga clothes can get smelly quickly.

You should also try avoiding heavily perfumed lotions, hair products, and other body products. This can be overwhelming in the small yoga studios. Many people are very sensitive to it. Perfumes can cause allergic reactions and headaches. Be mindful of those around you, and avoid these products directly prior to your yoga class.

 

Keep to Your Own Space

Yoga does not take up that much space, which is one of the great things about it. While falling out of poses does happen, being polite means keeping your limbs to yourself as much as possible. Having someone falling into your space. If your balance is not quite where it needs to be for a particular class, you can use balance assistance, stay to the side, or look into a less advanced class until it improves.

 

Respect You Instructor

There are a few things that yoga teachers regularly complain about when it comes to their students. The first thing to look at is sticking to the sequence the teacher is showing. Most teachers will have substitutions they add in their sequences, and that is a great way to adjust the class to your abilities. What you want to avoid is going way off of the beaten path. It can be distracting to the rest of the class when you do something completely different. It also is disrespectful to the effort that your instructor has put into the planning of the class.

Another common thing that teachers mention is having students trying to act like extra instructors. You are most likely to see other yoga instructors do this, mostly out of habit. They correct the form or give tips to other students. It is best to just leave that to the instructor of that particular class. That is their job, let them do it.

A class full of respectful people is going to be a lovely bunch for yoga. This builds a community that is happy and cohesive. You may have been guilty of a few of these things in the past, and that is okay. Most people realize that it is just a case of not knowing better. Now you know better, so be kind to your fellow classmates.

 

Bhramari Pranayama: Empower the Mind Through Bee Breathing

Bhramari Pranayama: Empower the Mind Through Bee Breathing

This breathing exercise’s name originated from the black Indian bumble bee. The practice is about creating the vibrations of a buzzing bee through the throat. Bhramari Pranayama is an effective way to calm the mind instantly anytime, anywhere.

zZz at work.

The vibrations that the buzzing sound produce during the lengthened exhalations impacts the parasympathetic nervous system. The parasympathetic nervous system is responsible for telling our body that it’s time to relax and turn off our fight or flight reflex, helping us to sleep easier. It relieves anxiety and anger, lowering stress levels. This breathing exercise also helps lower blood pressure and ease headaches. It improves memory and focus, and builds up confidence. It also boosts the pituitary and pineal gland so that they function to their fullest potential. Practicing Bee Breathing is one of the easiest ways to effectively tune out the noise of our daily lives and give our mind time to relax and recharge.

Relieve it now.

Sit in a comfortable position. Use a cushion if needed to keep the natural curve of the spine. Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Seal your ears lids using your thumbs and place your index fingers above the eyebrows and allow the remaining fingers to gently cover your eyes. Fill your lungs as you inhale, bringing your chin closer to your chest and exhale while your tongue is resting behind the front upper teeth, creating a humming sound in the throat. You will feel the physical vibrations in your face, throat and jaws. Keep your lips slightly parted and allow the muscles in your face and jaw to relax. Do not force anything and if you feel you’re running out of breath, stop and continue with normal breathing. Breathe deeply and keep your concentration between the brows. Continue the practice for at least five minutes.

Keep in mind.

Bhramari Pranayama shouldn’t be practiced if you have any health issues such as an ear infection or epilepsy. Also women during their menstruation and pregnancy are advised to seek their doctor’s personal opinion before starting the practice. This exercise is recommended to be done during morning or late at night on an empty stomach or 3-4 hours after having a meal. Bhramari Pranayama is also a good preparation for your state of meditation as you withdraw your senses, after warming up as you approach postures, and as a release after a yoga session.

Like other pranayamas or breathing exercises, Bhramari have numerous benefits to those who allow the practice to manifest freely. Notice the changes that take place as soon as you finish practicing, both to the body and the mind. Indulge on the overflowing calmness. Share the experience. Internalize the practice. Bhramari Pranayama does not have any prerequisites. All you need is the intention to calm the body and mind. With regular practice, composure is developed, extending calmness and clarity of mind on and off the mat.

Gear your mind with a simple yet effective way of counteracting our modern world’s chaos while developing a strong and open mind!