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Monday Meditiation

Posted on April 24, 2017


Monday Meditation

Today’s Monday Meditation is brought to you by one cranky, tired and quite frankly a not-very-zen Yoga teacher. Yes, even we get irritable and grumpy on Monday mornings. Whether you didn’t sleep very much or slept the weekend away, partied too hard or stayed in with the kids, hate your job or love it but it stresses you out, this meditation can be useful to you!

Before we get to an easy five minute meditation guide, let’s first dismiss some common myths associated with this stress relieving practice.

1: I don’t know how to meditate!
Good news! There is no right or wrong way to meditate. This practice is just about bringing your intention inwards and breathing. Have you ever taken yoga class? Ever zoned out while watching tv, driving, or sitting at your desk? If you answered yes, then you’ve meditated before!

2: I couldn’t possibly quiet my mind!
Meditation doesn’t have to be about stopping our thoughts or emptying our minds completely. Our minds are not designed to stop running so take that unrealistic expectation off the table. Practicing meditation just gives us the ability to take a step back to observe our thoughts and sometimes the silence or space already in existence within our minds.

3: I don’t have time!
You can meditate at work, in the car, or even on the treadmill while you get your miles in! Mediation practices can be done literally anywhere!

Five Minute Meditation Step by Step Guide:

  1. Set an alarm for five minutes from now.
  2. Find a comfortable seat.
  3. Close your eyes (Optional).
  4. Breathe in through your nose as you say to yourself “Inhale”.
  5. Breathe out through your nose as you say to yourself “Exhale”.
  6. Repeat steps 4-5.

Seriously folks, it’s that simple! Sit back, breathe and reap the rewards: less worry, anxiety, stress, increased mental focus, improved immune system, higher energy level, reduced blood pressure, and the ability to read minds (alright maybe not that last one, just checking to see if you were still with me here).

Still want some more meditation? Join me for Slow Flow Recovery on Wednesday nights at 6pm for a weekly dose of mindful movement, meditation and breathing.

 

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