Why Yoga and Meditation Both Go Hand in Hand
When you are down in the dumps what do you do, who do you turn to?
One of the best Complementary and Alternative Medicine therapies is Yoga and Meditation. Scientific studies have shown that Meditation can help with having a positive impact on:
- Improving concentration
- Stress levels
- Heart rate
- Symptoms of panic disorder
The next message you need is always right where you are
Meditation provides you with being in the ‘gap’; being in the present moment where there is not a state of good or bad. This state which can be achieved through Yoga and Meditation. The ‘gap’ which is the space between the thoughts i.e. pure consciousness. Once this conscious energy changes then this helps stops your thoughts from spiralling downwards. As Ram Daas, the great American spiritual teacher states, ‘The next message you need is always right where you are’.
Complementary and Alternative Medicine scientific studies have shown that Meditation reduced psychological stress responses and improves cognitive functions. Furthermore, Meditation also results in increased cortical thickness along with reduced age-related cortical thinning i.e. anti-aging.
Every scientist knows that your heart rhythm reflects your emotions. For example, if you are feeling tense, irritable or anxious this will be reflected by your heart rhythm into a disordered and incoherent pattern.
Heart coherence can be a cardiac marker for the meditative state. When you experience heart coherence your mind slows down, your heartbeat is regular and you feel grounded. Yoga and Meditation have a positive effect on heart coherence, but the program facilitator must be a trained yoga therapist who understands the primary goal is not just stretching or improving the fitness barriers.
One of the purposes of Yoga is to encourage the flow of prana through the nadi system. Nadis provide a network in the body to circulate the prana. As the circulation of prana is fundamental to chakra functioning; asanas, pranayamas, diet, meditation, lifestyle, mantras, and mudras are important adjuncts to the therapy. Prana cleanses the nadis of impurities acquired from bad lifestyle habits such as junk food, drugs, alcohol etc. The flowing prana also replenishes the energy channels that support the body and mind. Purification is an essential aim of Yoga and Meditation and is the first principle of self-discipline (niyama) in Patanjali’s yoga sutras.
Yoga and Meditation go hand in hand. Although many folks may practice either one and many Western Yoga teachers neglect yoga’s heritage affirming the importance of practicing meditation alongside yoga.
Apple A Day RX has created a specific advice that is suitable for your physical and emotional constitution. This detailed Yoga Wellness Report covers specific:
- Daily lifestyle routine advice
- Detailed dietary advice
- Asanas for your biotype
- Breathing exercises (pranayamas)
- Meditation practices
- Recommended herbs and oils for your biotype
So, if you are feeling down pick yourself up with the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Yoga Wellness Report.