Mindfulness & Meditation
Have you ever thought about adding meditation to your wellness practice? The new year is the perfect time to start! People are meditating to promote over- all wellness and also to cope with anxiety, pain, depression, stress, insomnia and physical or emotional symptoms associated with chronic illnesses such as heart disease, cancer and HIV/AIDS (NCCAM 2010).
Shirley Archer, JD, MA, IDEA’s mind- body-spirit spokesperson and an award- winning author, shares some insights on this popular mind-body practice.
Changes in the Brain
I’ve been teaching a program in mindfulness meditation for UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center to about 25 people a quarter for the last year [at The Fitness Center at Toluca Lake Tennis Club]. In 2011,…
A new mind-body study is shedding light on the biological reasons why daily meditation can successfully lower stress.
Many mind-body movement and wellness professionals have discovered the power of meditation and are introducing it to clients. One experience that particularly stands out in my teaching career occurred when I was leading a walking meditation.
If you’ve never been to the Inner IDEA® Conference, it will be hard for you to envisage how holistic the programming is. Imagine beginning your day outside with a series of sun salutations by the waterfall or inside with a seamless blend of tai chi, qigong and yoga, taught by a master. After breakfast you spend 2 hours becoming intimately aware of your psoas, or you discover how a transfusion of sound and light and visual beauty and even taste can turn your Pilates reformer classes into a feast for the senses.
What is happening in the minds of people who have developed a greater capacity for forgiveness and compassion? Can a quality like love-—whether it’s shown toward a family member or a friend-—be neurologically measured in the brain?
Miami and Ohio State university researchers are using an ancient technique to address a modern problem. With a $98,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Mental Health, Deborah Akers, Miami visiting assistant professor of anthropology
People with high blood pressure may find relief from Transcendental Meditation, according to a definitive new meta-analysis of 107 published studies on stress reduction programs and high blood pressure
Teaching your clients how to begin a mantra practice may offer them a simple tool to relieve stress and anxiety and to improve quality of life. Certain meditation techniques use repetition of a word or phrase, known as a mantra (or mantram), to aid in quieting the mind and restoring calm. Mantra repetition requires no special equipment and can be used anywhere; the practice is done silently, does not disrupt others and costs nothing.
In this high-tech age of modern medicine, could it be possible to treat the leading cause of death in the U.S. through the power of meditation? According to a first-of-its-kind randomized study conducted by researchers from the University of Pennsylvania’s Division of Geriatric Medicine, a widely practiced, stress-reducing meditation technique can significantly reduce the severity of congestive heart failure. The study appears in the Winter 2007 issue of Ethnicity & Disease.
Utilizing meditation to reduce stress has shown promise in alleviating some symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis patients, according to research presented at the American College of Rheumatology Annual Scientific Meeting in San Diego, California …
Transcendental meditation may decrease blood pressure and reduce insulin resistance among patients with coronary heart disease, according to a report in the June 12 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine (2006;166:1218-1224) …
In a case study published in The Journal of Alternative Medicine>/em> (2005; 11 , 275-84), a significant relationship was found between mind-body therapies and a patient's recovery from a skin condition known as dermatomyositis…
An introduction to the styles and benefits of regular meditation practice.