Our Healthy Mind series will focus on short yoga routines to assist if you are worried or stressed. Pamela is part of our Health Services team and among her many professional skills as a Diabetes Educator and Pharmacist, she is also a yoga instructor.
Meditation Yoga Nidra
The purpose of Yoga Nidra is to create a state of deep relaxation where the body is calm, and the mind is still, silent but aware. In this practice, the individual begins to access a deeper quality of rest while simultaneously accessing a new level of awareness.
Throughout a Yoga Nidra practice the individual will lay in the intermediate state between waking and dreaming while their awareness may cross all states of consciousness, including deep sleep. It is within this space that the individual is given the opportunity to explore what they need in the moment and work on releasing what no longer serves them.
A regular Yoga Nidra practice can change one’s perceived view of themselves and their world, inviting more happiness, awareness and a stronger connection with one’s self. It is also believed to lower heart rate, lower blood pressure, increase energy levels, improve symptoms of clinical depression and PTSD, reduce stress and improve blood glucose management in people with type 2 diabetes.
A Yoga Nidra practice can be performed in any position. If laying is not suitable you for, please feel free to take a seat. It is normal to feel discomfort in this practice. Rather than reacting to the discomfort welcome it as a messenger. Observe any discomfort with curiosity and openness. This will help to strengthen your awareness and unwind the patterns of stress in your mind and body.
Simple Breath Awareness
Simple breath awareness is a meditation technique, or mindful breathing technique, that uses the breath to direct your attention inwards.
It provides an array of health benefits, including improving symptoms of anxiety, insomnia and depression, improving your body’s ability to manage its response to stress, improves overall focus and ability to relax and enhances self-awareness.
By becoming aware of your breath, you shift your focus from what is happening around you, to what is happening within you. The act of simply becoming aware of your breath brings about a state of relaxation and calmness.
Although it is called Simple Breath Awareness the practice may not be so simple for some. It is normal for your mind to wander and your attention to drift so always remember to be kind to your wandering mind.
Allow your thoughts to come and go but bring your awareness back to your breath. It doesn’t matter how many times you have to do this. Techniques like these are about practice, not perfection.
Every day is different, therefore, every practice may also be different.
Some days becoming aware of your breath will be easy, and other days it may not, but always be kind to yourself.
You are strengthening the connection between your body and mind.
In any journey of growth, awareness is the first step.