Meditation brings about increased energy, mental clarity and inner peace. With regular practice people become more productive, better sleepers, and typically feel happier as a result! Practitioners often report the most long term benefits if they first try a variety of meditation types in order to find the ones that work best for them. Some meditations focus directly on calming the mind, others are designed to cultivate creativity, compassion and love.
There are many different schools of yoga, all with varying practices and goals. Yoga in Indian traditions, is more than physical exercise, it has a meditative and spiritual core. Some forms are extremely physical and take years of practice to master, however there are other more gentle physical methods too which can be just as effective at reaching the intended goal.
Healing literally is the process of restoration of health, and is therefore necessary for all of us from time to time. Holistic healing methods treat the whole person of which popular examples include acupuncture, Ayurvedic massage and the energy healing method of Reiki.
Mindful walking is a way to practice movement without a goal or intention. Typically we are reconnected with nature during our walks which is a purifying process in itself. Mindful walking involves an awareness of each step, of our breath, and often the beautiful scenery around us.
Through expert guidance, conscious control of breathing can lead to monumental transformations in health and prosperity. Conscious breathing is common within many forms of meditation, however it is also practiced completely separately. The most well-known form of conscious breathing is the yogic discipline of pranayama, with origins in ancient India. Several research studies have shown that breathing techniques help with a range of stress-related disorders.
Tai Chi and Qigong are ancient Chinese healthcare systems that integrate physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention. They can be practiced as an internal martial art for defense training and/or health benefits.
Practiced throughout numerous cultures and religions, chanting is a ritual that involves rhythmic speaking or singing, it is often repetitive and sometimes regarded as a route to spiritual development. Chants may also accompany personal or group meditation. India’s Bhakti movement contains devotional chant known as Kirtan. Tibetan Buddhists have a very distinctive throat singing chanting style.
People pray for the wellbeing of their loved ones, for those suffering in the world, for their own health and also to deities. Whatever the object of their attention, prayer is a sacred practice and it can sometimes accompany meditation.