Meditation

 

Learn seated & walking secular meditation and mindfulness techniques to:

Lower your blood pressure 

Boost your immune system

Manage pain

Improve memory, focus & clarity

Decrease the effects of stress and grief 

Feel more centered, purposeful and peaceful more often! 

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5 Minute Meditation Video to assist your home practice

Use anytime and often!

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'My doctor told me I should start meditating so I found Penny online and booked. Her voice is so calming and relaxing. I'm not a singing and chanting kind of guy and she doesn't do any of that. She has taught me things that I actually use at home.' - Chris, Naniamo

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Start 2018 with healthy intention & action!

Meditation & Yoga Nidra Specialty Classes

4 Classes Wednesdays

10:30am

Jan 17, 31, Feb 14 & 28

Learn and practice simple, seated meditation techniques to improve your health and calm the mind. Followed by 20 minute lying Yoga Nidra (guided deep relaxation). 1hr.

No physical exercise, just mental exercise and mental & physical deep relaxation and renewal!

Register before Jan 5: $60 After $65

Email to register and save your spot: yoga@shaw.ca

Private/small group Meditation can be booked at your convenience in person or via skype or facetime.

45 min sessions $65

4 x 45 min session enjoyed within 3 months $250

Meditation

It's a piece of advice yogis have given for thousands of years: take a deep breath and relax. Watch the tension melt from your muscles and all your niggling worries vanish. Somehow we all know that relaxation is good for us.

Now the hard science has caught up: a comprehensive scientific study showing that deep relaxation changes our bodies on a genetic level has just been published. What researchers at Harvard Medical School discovered is that, in long-term practitioners of relaxation methods such as yoga and meditation, far more ''disease-fighting genes'' were active, compared to those who practised no form of relaxation.

In particular, they found genes that protect from disorders such as pain, infertility, high blood pressure and even rheumatoid arthritis were switched on. The changes, say the researchers, were induced by what they call ''the relaxation effect'', a phenomenon that could be just as powerful as any medical drug but without the side effects. ''We found a range of disease-fighting genes were active in the relaxation practitioners that were not active in the control group,'' Dr Herbert Benson, associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, who led the research, says. The good news for the control group with the less-healthy genes is that the research didn't stop there.

The experiment, which showed just how responsive genes are to behaviour, mood and environment, revealed that genes can switch on, just as easily as they switch off. ''Harvard researchers asked the control group to start practising relaxation methods every day,'' says Jake Toby, hypnotherapist at London's BodyMind Medicine Centre, who teaches clients how to induce the relaxation effect. ''After two months, their bodies began to change: the genes that help fight inflammation, kill diseased cells and protect the body from cancer all began to switch on.''

More encouraging still, the benefits of the relaxation effect were found to increase with regular practice: the more people practised relaxation methods such as meditation or deep breathing, the greater their chances of remaining free of arthritis and joint pain with stronger immunity, healthier hormone levels and lower blood pressure. See full article

Meditation is good for your immune system! See article