Tuesday, 22 August 2017

and there's more...: Mindfulness

and there's more...: Mindfulness: Mindfulness/Meditation what is this? Meditation is a simple practice available to all, which can reduce stress, increase calmnes...

Mindfulness

Mindfulness/Meditation
what is this?

Meditation is a simple practice available to all, which can reduce stress, increase calmness and clarity and promote happiness. Learning how to meditate is straightforward, and the benefits can come quickly. Here, we offer basic tips to get you started on a path toward greater equanimity, acceptance and joy. Take a deep breath, and get ready to relax. (david gelles)

for me I initially found even the idea of it very strange ..and difficult....
to lie in a room at the end of a yoga session,  full of people/strangers, possibly with my eyes closed was very uncomfortable territory....
I thought that I would never feel comfortable...my mind would be racing...wandering what I had to do later.....I could feel my heart beating and it felt that it would beat right out of my chest some times!!
I did not get anything out of it at all...to be truthful, sometimes I would leave before the meditation...
it just didnt suit my hyper personality
the concept of strangers/instructors seeing me at , what i percieved to be a very vunerable position, filled me with stress ( the complete opposite of what it should do)
But, 12 months on, I'm pleased to say that i stuck with it and hung around for meditation more often and it started to feel a lot less alien.. and.I actually find myself looking forward to it 
its fair to say that some days are better than others...I can get to quite a calm state in a few moments ..listening to the instructor and taking it all in....
an instructor can be a really good focus and I personally think I would find it a lot harder on my own......on a good session I experience a calm that that I have never felt before....a stillness..a quietness.. quieten the mind....
And then other days ..i struggle...  even to relax..I am constantly distracted, 

It is very early days for me and I am looking forward to learning more about meditation...
we are instructed to remember the calm and to take it with us..to be recalled when we find our selves anxious....I find it fascinating
NAMASTE

and there's more...: Total Eclipse Splendour

and there's more...: Total Eclipse Splendour: Good Morning on this historic day when The USA got a wonderful show of A Total Eclipse T hey saw the moon blot out the sun, cause a...

Total Eclipse Splendour

Good Morning on this historic day when The USA got a wonderful show of A Total Eclipse

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They saw the moon blot out the sun, cause a drop in temperature and turn daylight into twilight. It is expected to be the most observed and most photographed eclipse in history.
for some people a once in a life time opportunity.....
Day turned to night for two minutes during the eclipse, visible in a 70-mile-wide (113-km-wide), 2,500-mile-long (4,000-km-long) zone in the US, drawing one of the largest audiences in human history.
The last time such a spectacle unfolded from the Pacific to the Atlantic coast was in 1918. The last total eclipse seen anywhere in the United States took place in 1979.
The Canadian Space Agency described the initial glimpses of the eclipse as "Beautiful!" as Americans watched in wonder through telescopes, cameras and protective glasses.  ( as reported in the telegraph )
Related imageThis brings back memories of when I saw the eclipse in the Uk.... my memories are vivid and it feels like it was only yesterday... it was infact 11th august 1999 ๐Ÿ˜ฎ  and we were in woolacombe...
It was very eerie.. it dropped cold...darkness descended on us and there seemed to be a stillness with everyone observing this fascinating sight... the birds could be heard singing..as they would at the break of day..very odd sensation 
I  was blessed with  4 children then and no granchildren and I am now blessed with 5 and 8 granchildren..( thank the Lord for them )
So I cant wait to see how much my family has grown when the next eclipse shows itself ( which is 2024..God spares us ๐Ÿ™)
Have a fab day๐Ÿ˜˜

Monday, 21 August 2017

and there's more...: yoga for life....golden yogis

and there's more...: yoga for life....golden yogis: Namaste so my previous blog was all about the celebrated yoga teacher Tao Porchon-Lynch 98 years old           ( Named “Oldest Yoga Tea...

yoga for life....golden yogis

Namaste

so my previous blog was all about the celebrated yoga teacher Tao Porchon-Lynch 98 years old          

( Named “Oldest Yoga Teacher” by Guinness World Records in 2012)

yes an amazing lady to say the least...
and yes, surprisingly, there are a lot of amazing older people out there who devote their lives to being healthy and fit and include yoga in their recipe for a long and healthy life. 
And funnily enough lycra leggings are NOT essential๐Ÿ˜‰
Related imageThe recent UCLA research took brain scans and memory tests, comparing the effects of 12 weeks of memory exercises with a course of yoga and meditation on 25 adults over 55. The latter not only had better improvements in their spatial and visual memories, but also more reduced depression and anxiety and increased resilience to stress. “Although this study is small, it suggests that we should be doing more research into the benefits of yoga and meditation as additional ways to keep our hearts and brains in good health as we age,” says Dr Clare Walton of the Alzheimer’s Society.

There’s no need for hours and hours of headstands to benefit. In this study, volunteers did just one hour of Kundalini yoga a week. This is a gentle form of yoga that incorporates breathing techniques, meditation and some chanting of mantras. The latter may feel silly at first but can be easier than other forms of meditation. The study participants also did 20 minutes daily of Kirtan Kriya, a type of meditation involving chanting, hand movements and visualization of light.

there are many benefits that yoga can give to every one... but especially beneficial as we get older:
Increased flexibility
Strengthens muscles ( including ones that we may have forgotten about ! )
Creates mindfulness ( giving a feeling of empowerment, improving sleep, improving the way we breathe )
Improves Balance ( especially important as we get older )
Gives confidence ( an opportunity to join classes and regain a social life and companionship )
So be the best version of YOU at any age...its never too late to start Yoga
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and there's more...: Life is short..live it

and there's more...: Life is short..live it: These kind of statements can conjure up many kind of feelings/emotions and indeed, memories............    foto by chardonnay For my...