Meditating each day keeps the (mental health) doctor away!

Meditate, and we guarantee you’ll feel great. There are so many proved benefits of a regular meditation practice, for so many aspects of your life, health and wellbeing.

Here at YIMI, we’re passionate about meditation and teaching others to be able to lead meditation! As well as our 200hr Meditation Teacher Training course (also available as an online course), we have several weekend retreats in a short course style coming up in the next few months that are open to everyone! There are no prerequisites to attend, you don’t already have to be a yoga or meditation teacher.

All of our weekend retreats are $400 early bird pricing, normally $450. Book in now! Your brain will thank you!

Click on the intakes below for more details, and booking links.

25hr Yoga Psychology for Mental Health Meditation Teacher Training UPPER BROOKFIELD, BRISBANE August 2018 | FIND OUT MORE
25hr Meditation & Neuroscience Meditation Teacher Training UPPER BROOKFIELD, BRISBANE September 2018 | FIND OUT MORE
25hr Meditation for Epigenetics & the Microbiome Meditation Teacher Training UPPER BROOKFIELD, BRISBANE September 2018 | FIND OUT MORE

MEDITATING EACH DAY KEEPS THE (MENTAL HEALTH) DOCTOR AWAY

We live in a wonderful age where every second person (and their adorable-and-probably-insta-famous dog) are concerned, interested, and invested in health and wellness of the physical body. However, while we're hearing buzzwords like 'organic', 'kombucha' and 'pressed juice cleanse' being thrown around, the topic of mental health is still somewhat taboo. Caring for your mental health is just as, if not more, important as caring for your physical, external health - but it often gets pushed to the wayside. The practice of yoga has attracted millions from all over the globe, but many forget the true purpose of the yoga asana - to ready the body for sitting in meditation.

 

Because of the way meditation changes the neural pathways of the brain, it can therefore, in a way, re-programme it to be, by default, less stressed and more calm. Meditation increases activity in the left side of the frontal brain - the area of the brain that influences moods and positive emotions.  As well as enhancing these positive moods, research has show that people who meditate are better at regulating their emotions and have increased emotional stability. Meditation reduces activity in the amygdala - the part of the brain responsible for our fear response. A person who experiences anxiety, for example, has an over-active amygdala - they are constantly worrying and being on the look out for danger. Whilst this may have benefitted us in ancient times, in the modern world having a brain over-actively being fearful and worrying is only a hindrance. For those experiencing anxiety, meditation invites the feeling of being grounding in the present moment, without worrying about things in their past or future that are out of their control.

From medication to meditation 

Studies have shown that meditating has successfully replaced medicating - by using minfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), several people were able to be taken off their anti-depressants, with better long term results. People who experience depression tend to linger on sad thoughts, and "brood". MBCT teaches mindfulness through meditation in a way that gives an understanding that your being is not defined by your thoughts. With meditation, we can detach from our thoughts and begin to appreciate that they all come and go, and learn compassion for our true being.

Is it as simple as that? 

Pretty much, yep! Meditation therapists recommend that ideally meditation is practiced daily, for 10-12 minutes, to see results. If not that, then just aim for 5 minutes 4-5 times a week. Meditation complements a morning mind best, so try and do it just after you wake up! Forming the habit of putting your phone down and instead meditating straight after you wake up puts that wonderfully capable brain of yours into a great mindset to positively frame your day!

 

References:
Sudarshan kriya yoga: Breathing for health
A pilot study of yogic meditation for family dementia caregivers with depressive symptoms: Effects on mental health, cognition, and telomerase activity
Teaching Self-Care to Caregivers: Effects of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction on the Mental Health of Therapists in Training
Neural correlates of attentional expertise in long-term meditation practitioners