Yoga: Benefits Beyond Your Mat

Most people who are not familiar with yoga assume that it consists of simple meditation and a few poses. But this way of exercise is strenuous, and it requires collaboration from your mind, body, and soul.

We are passionate about giving our students every opportunity to live holistically. Yoga is a great way to relax your mind, strengthen your body, and fill your soul. One way we incorporate yoga is through our Yoga Massage course. This class applies guided breathing, stretches, and postures from Thai Yoga along with the rhythmic compressions, pulls, and stretches of Thai Massage.

 

Discover what you could gain from a regular yoga practice:

 

You Learn The Power Of Your Breath

Of course, any type of exercise will naturally boost your mood as you release endorphins, but yoga brings a different sense of peace to your body. Even through difficult poses, you are trained to breathe through your movement. This type of breathing calms your tense muscles, helping them stretch further and further every time.

Yoga also trains your breathing from the inside out, forcing you to think about the way you breathe. Because breathing is such a mindless act, this is something all yogis must constantly be working at.

 

Mindfulness Stays With You After Your Practice

Yoga demands your full attention. In order to progress, you must give it your complete focus within your body, mind, and soul. One of the main reasons many people practice yoga is because of its ability to tune out the worries of the outside world and truly pay attention to just yourself.

Any experienced yogi will agree that the mindfulness practiced on your mat does not stop there. Prioritizing the present moment helps us recenter ourselves and avoid being overwhelmed by what is surrounding us.

 

Your Intentions Can Align With Life Goals

Before the start of every yoga practice, it is important to set an intention for your practice. Setting an intention is the most powerful way to incorporate yoga into your lifestyle. Doing this brings awareness to the values you wish to manifest both on and off your mat.

When you pay close attention to the intention of your practice, you can use it to help guide the rest of your day. The positive energy that is cultivated during your practice gets carried with you far after the practice has ended.

 

Next time you step on your mat, use the power of yoga to your advantage. Not only is it beneficial to your body, but it heals your soul and trains your mind to become resilient and peaceful.

Our Escondido campus is offering a course in Yoga Massage this Winter Session!

 

By the end of this course, students are able to combine massage and yoga-like stretches with gentle joint mobilization as an integrated, adapted, and assisted flow.

 

The classes run December 15, 17, and 22nd.

 

Mondays 9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. and Saturdays 6:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M.

 

Register here.

 

How Meditation Can Help You Commit To Your New Year’s Resolution

The start of a new year can bring new changes, challenges, and purpose into your life. It is a great time to start fresh and set new goals for yourself.

 

For many of us, it can be difficult maintaining a resolution after a few weeks into January. One way to stay focused on your future plans is through meditation. Practicing meditation daily brings you peace of mind and allows you to set clear intentions for your future.

 

One of the most compelling abilities we have as human beings is the power to manifest our dreams into action. The strength of the mind allows you to visualize your goals and understand how to make them your reality. When life’s situations and distractions get in the way, meditation helps up stay centered.

 

Regardless of what your resolution may be, meditation can be the most important element into ensuring you reach your goals.

 

Here’s how meditation can help you stay on track:

 

It Creates Space For Self Acceptance

In order for you to achieve anything you desire in life, you not only have to believe in the goal but believe that you can do it yourself. Your goals are individual to you; nobody else can  accomplish them for you. Meditation produces positive intent that with time, allows you to gain self-acceptance.

 

It Helps You Stay Grounded

When you are meditating, you are balancing the energies around you to get rid of feelings of uneasiness. Meditation brings your focus back to what is important at that moment. When you set an intention for your meditation practice, you create an environment full of awareness.

 

It Clears Your Mind

One of the most beneficial aspects of meditation is being able to calm your thoughts and open up space for clarity. When you feel your mind start to wander, let your thoughts pass and refocus on your intention. With practice and experience, these thoughts will not come as often.

 

By choosing to take a few moments of your day to meditate, you are creating a mindset for success that will carry with you outside of your practice.

At Healing Hands, we believe that overall wellness is achieved by balancing the mind, body, and soul. Our class in Spiritual Healing teaches our students how to bring awareness into our energetic system through meditation.

 

We are offering this course in both San Diego and Orange County at our Escondido and Laguna Hills locations this winter session!

Escondido

April 5th – 9th

Fridays & Mondays from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

 

Laguna Hills

February 4th – March 4th

Mondays from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

 

Sign up here to enroll.

 

What Meditation Can Do For Your Overall Health

While there are countless ways to promote your health and wellness, people often overlook the importance of meditation. If there is one thing you should be doing daily to remain healthy and happy, it is meditation. The power of your mindset depicts your outlook on life. So why aren’t we trying harder to train our ways of thinking through meditation?

One of our main priorities at Healing Hands is teaching our students how to maintain a balanced and healthy life. An essential piece of this balance is a healthy mind. We teach meditation practices to our students so they can create mindfulness for themselves. Because this type of practice can influence one’s life so heavily in a positive way, they are shown the importance of meditation in their courses and are encouraged to practice outside of the classroom.

We believe meditation has the ability to heal your mind, body, and soul- here are a few reasons how:

Reduce Your Anxiety 

Anxiety is no simple struggle, and everyone experiences it in some manner. It leaves our minds and bodies feeling chaotic, confused, and exhausted. One of the best ways to eliminate this feeling is through meditation. Mindful practices will give you the ability to control your thoughts, even in ways as simple as breathing. By activating and training the area in your brain that regulates your thinking and emotions, the feelings of worry begin to diminish. Let yourself truly live in the moment by meditating to feel your anxiety fade away.

Elevate Your Mood

You may believe the only way to get those “feel-good” chemicals in your body flowing is through exercise, but that’s not the case. Meditation practices increase the levels of serotonin and endorphins in your brain, leaving you feeling happier than you began. It allows you to transform your mindset in order to get rid of those negative emotions, giving you more room for lasting positivity in your life. Once you tune into this way of thinking, you’ll notice your ability to make rational decisions will become easier, and you will be happier.

Gain Self Control

Do you ever feel as if you have no willpower? Meditation might be a good way to retrain that! It activates your anterior cingulate and prefrontal cortex; which are the parts of your brain that are connected to self-control. Disciplining your mental weaknesses requires practice, and meditation is the perfect way to train your brain. Meditating will give you the strength to resist those negative thoughts or temptations you may be facing.

Decrease Your Stress

Meditation lowers the amount of Cortisol- the stress hormone- in your body. If you ever feel that the pressures you are facing are too much to cope with, allow meditation to clear up space in your mind. This will give you the opportunity to prioritize your tasks and calm your nerves. Being able to organize your thoughts through self-reflection practices will bring clarity and peace. If you want to discover more ways to reduce your daily stress, check out this blog post

 

When you begin to put your walls down and let healing energy in, you will notice a positive shift in your mood and thoughts. Meditation is something everyone should incorporate into their lifestyle, and it’s so easy to start! You will be surprised at how just a simple 5-minute practice can enhance your life.

Our Holistic Health Practitioner Program trains students to recognize the connection between the body, mind, and soul through practices such as meditation. Learn more about this program here.