A little more
the concepts behind my meditation practice
Meditation and the Brain
My favourite example for how a guided meditation practice works with your brain is to give the example of Yoga Nidra: Sanskrit for Yogic sleep: which is a state of consciousness between waking and sleeping. It is among the deepest states of relaxation and a great stress reliever. The practitioner aims to slow your brainwaves through this guided passive practice, which aims to keep you fully awake and aware while at the same time, extremely close to the boundary of complete sleep. The result is an intensely deep level of meditation and over time and with regular practice, practitioners learn to achieve deep, non-REM delta wave sleep while maintaining awareness both internally and of one's surroundings. One hour of Yoga Nidra has the same benefits as 4 hours of deep sleep.
My guided meditations have been designed around the concept of Yoga Nidra, keeping your mind focused on my guidance so your brain can relax and let go, resulting in a deeply restorative and nurturing experience.
Benefits of Meditation
In general: reduces stress, increases self-awareness, calms negative emotions, widens imagination, strengthens patience, helps to control anxiety, lengthens attention span.
A May 2021 study showed that meditation decreased blood pressure, heart rate and cortisol levels. It showed an increase in self-compassion, mindfulness and meta-cognition. It improved attention, memory and emotional regulations. While a February 2018 study showed that the intervention period was associated with greater reductions in burnout and perceived stress, improved mindfulness, well-being, increased team and organisational climate as well as personal performance. Forbes magazine has also written an article on 10 science-backed benefits of meditation while Yoga International has a great article on the benefits of Yoga Nidra.
My Multi-Sensory Approach
Touch * Taste * Sound * Sight * Smell
Our body communicates with the world around us through our five senses and our central nervous system. Our central nervous system is what actually runs the show and it functions without reason or logic. It is in direct communication with our 5 senses receiving information about the world around us all the time. Working with our senses is the easiest way to communicate with our body. Let's speak the language of our body! A multi-sensory approach means using crystal therapy, essential oils, colour and sound vibration to communicate with the body during the guided meditation practices. Not only am I guiding you through a meditation journey but your body is being spoken to in a language it understands. Working with your mind, body and spirit connection through meditation is one of the easiest ways to nourish your mental well-being.