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Rest and restore with yoga nidra meditation practice

Rest and restore with yoga nidra meditation practice

For those who are interested in the concept of yoga nidra, however are still asking the question, ‘what actually is yoga nidra?’, we answer these questions and offer an entry into the yoga nidra meditation practice. Yoga nidra  translates as ‘yogic sleep’ or ‘waking sleep’- a very restful and restorative style of meditation which often results in accessing a state of mind that is somewhere between waking and sleeping. This practice often facilitates incredible mental spiritual and physical benefits. Just a few of these include feeling rested and revived, improved sleep and even reducing blood pressure when practiced regularly.  Yoga...

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Yoga: Improving mobility with mindfulness

Yoga: Improving mobility with mindfulness

The physical practise of yoga aims to unite the movement of the body with the breath via the two most popular limbs of yoga in the West; Asana and Pranayama.  There are many benefits to be had from the practise, most importantly it encourages feelings of wellbeing and relaxation.  This in turn creates a more mindful state of being in the body which can increase mobility in both the muscles and the joint and enhance your overall performance in any other exercise routines. An altering state Altering the state of the body into a more relaxed state of being helps...

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Beyond training: taking time to reflect and recover

Beyond training: taking time to reflect and recover

There are times when it is ideal to take a step back to reflect and recover on your wellbeing. Are you burning the candle at both ends? Is your training regime leading to over-training? Do you need to re-discover some balance in your life? We discussed several of these themes with Sweatband coach, Ruth Stone. How do you counteract stress? Ruth Stone: Stress is not always a bad thing. Stress can focus the mind and enable us to complete tasks that might otherwise be ignored. Stress typically results from having too much to do and too little time to do...

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Mindfulness: What Is It And How Can Your Fitness And Game Play Benefit?

Mindfulness: what it is and how it can improve your sport and fitness

Mindfulness is beyond a buzzword now. Courses in the practice have sprung up all over the world. Books extolling its virtues fill shelves in bookshops everywhere. And forward-thinking employers are preaching it to their staff. But what is mindfulness and can it advance your fitness training? What is mindfulness? Mindfulness has its roots in Buddhist meditation. Buddhists embrace each moment as it comes, accept each experience as it presents itself, and process all their thoughts without making judgements. All this sound very passive to the active fitness fanatic. How could such a mindset help them reach long-term goals? Deal with...

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One Simple Technique to Get Smarter While You Exercise

One Simple Technique to Get Smarter While You Exercise

It’s often said that us humans only really use 10% of our brains. Whilst this has been widely debunked and exposed as a myth, it is true that we all have the potential to increase the amount of our brains that we use and, therefore, become more rounded and developed people. One brain, two sides You are probably aware that your brain has two sides, the right and the left. These two hemispheres have different functions, responsible for language, speaking, visual and spatial awareness, face recognition, logic, maths abilities and much, much more. By constantly repeating actions, doing similar things...

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Brain for a Morning Walk

Exercise To Tone Your Brain

Train your brain. Nowadays people are getting more and more interested in fitness, leading an active lifestyle and having a great body. However, Physical Exercise is not only important for your bodily health, you should also know that it helps your brain to stay sharp. Exercise stimulates the brain on multiple fronts, reducing anxiety and stress and improving sleep quality and your mood, but there is more still. It also increases heart rate - which gets more oxygen going to your brain and gives you a nourishing environment for the growth of brain cells. You need to remember that the...

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