Exploring the scientifically based research on the health benefits of meditation
Take a deep breath and relax….
In recent times, meditation has become a major topic of interest in the field of scientific research. People are becoming increasingly aware of its practice and benefits. A number of scientific studies, on the various types of meditation and relaxation techniques, and their impact on our overall health, have emerged. Continue reading
It’s so easy to find yourself overwhelmed by the daily worries and stress of the fast-paced modern world. Never-ending ‘to-do list’ weigh us down with the seemingly impossible to complete tasks that are continuously updated and extended by mobile devices that ensure we are contactable around the clock. Sometimes it can feel as though there is nowhere to hide.
As we try our best to keep on top of the errands and chores of daily life we rarely give ourselves time to take a breath before one day rolls into the next and we start again. Today our bodies and minds are never given enough time to rest and recharge. A retreat can be the perfect solution to replenish your health and boost body and mind to a peak level of wellness.
Although perhaps only a temporary escape, in essence, finding absolute seclusion, at any one of the retreats now available all over the world in some of the most beautiful locations on the planet, can yield benefits that may change your life for the better, enabling you to live a healthier and more balanced life upon your return home.
I stand testament to this having nearly run myself into an early grave during a highly stressful, yet successful 10-year career in sales and marketing. Today things look a lot different; after experiencing my first retreat on the advice of a colleague, I began studying in my own time and after becoming professionally qualified took the leap in starting my own health and wellness business and am now proud to offer health retreats in Bali, Indonesia.
HERE ARE 4 REASONS I BELIEVE A RETREAT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE FOR THE BETTER:
In a day where it is rare to even get a few minutes of peace from mobile devices, computers, family, and friends, being released from these distractions can provide an opportunity, perhaps the first in a long time, for true reflection.
When was the last time you made time in your life to experience the benefits of being alone? To spend a moment in true solitude away from your mobile phone?
Money, Time, and Work can make you feel imprisoned in your current reality. Having the opportunity to enjoy activities such as meditation, yoga, exercise, creative arts or even just taking a walk in nature can deepen your self-awareness, boost creativity and can be enjoyed alone.
This seclusion from the modern world can give you a whole new perspective on how you are living your life. The almost sacred path to self-discovery in solitude can let you better hear and feel what it is you truly desire, hold important and what it is that your soul has been yearning for.
True self-love and nurturing a healthy self-relationship can enable us to have healthier relationships with others.
Whether your perfect break from reality would include health & fitness, adventure, nutrition, relaxation & stress reduction, all of course yielding benefits to your health, you can guarantee a retreat is available
There are a vast array of retreats available at scenic locations spread across the globe to suit every different type of person. From the specialist ‘Prestige Boot Camp’s in Spain, ‘Macrobiotic weeks’ in Scotland, yoga or meditation retreats across South East Asia and others providing an assortment of activities and classes.
Whichever retreat you would choose to suit your interests or ambitions all are organised with the target of returning you home refreshed, feeling revitalised and reconnected to your body, mind and soul.
Offering a multitude of health benefits it is important you choose an escape that is well organised and will provide you the education, tools, and continuing support to stay the course of a healthier lifestyle once home.
CONNECTION WITH NATURE
Powerful backdrops like those found in South East Asia or Costa Rica provide flawless settings for deep relaxation, healing, and transformation.
Being surrounded by nature will take you back to your alpha mind state helping you to really feel your environment and your place within it, altering your energy and vibration and creating a sense of gratitude for the smallest of things.
Perhaps a profound experience in itself escaping the hustle and bustle of everyday life stresses, walking, hiking and living in nature offer the further, perhaps now alien to us living in the modern world, opportunity to connect with nature.
Hiking through the jungle teaming with wildlife or swimming at the base of a waterfall there are retreats available globally and the natural environments to be explored are endless.
Perhaps you already feel a connection with nature, spending time at a retreat will further serve to deepen it. These experiences are unforgettable and will change the way you look and feel with nature on your return, even if you must return back to the busy city.
Whether skiing or surfing as part of an ‘adventure’ retreat, practicing yoga and meditation in a more spiritual escape or fasting as part of a detox; a retreat will undoubtedly provide an opportunity for new skills and lessons to be learned and experiences to be enjoyed.
Trying new activities or practicing those you already enjoy in a new environment, with new teachers and other participants, expose you to new experiences and mindsets that all serve to mould and shape you, no matter how significantly or insignificantly it may seem.
This experience, as a whole, will leave you feeling calmer, more connected to who you are and more present in day-to-day life. This is something you will take home after any retreat.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Bec Weeden – A qualified Health, Lifestyle, Integrative Nutrition Coach, and a Yoga Teacher. Having had first-hand experience of the stress and unhealthy lifestyle factors that come with working full-time, juggling a career, friends, family and social life, during a high-end corporate career in sales and marketing for over 10 years, I began studying my passions on the side and decided to take the leap and change my life. I launched IN2U Health and Wellness to focus on bringing real holistic and healthy lifestyle changes to busy people to escape the hustle and bustle of modern day life.
Treat yourself this autumn to a wonderful and relaxing yoga and meditation retreat by the beach
I fell in love with yoga and its philosophy over 10 years ago when I first began to practice. Yoga, both on and off the mat, has taught me to be a more patient, compassionate and kind person. I continue to learn each day both from other great and inspiring teachers and from my own personal practice which allows me to connect with my inner self on a deeper level.
I experienced many of the health benefits of yoga, which inspired and motivated me to teach and help others.
Yoga is an ancient tradition that dates back to many centuries ago. Since then, numerous types of yoga have emerged. Though they may differ slightly in their teachings, their ultimate goal is very similar: to improve our health and wellbeing on all levels.
A yoga retreat is an amazing opportunity to fully emerge yourself in your practice while being away from home and all the distractions, responsibilities and work duties.
In my personal experience, going on a yoga retreat helped me to enrich and deepen my practice while also providing me with the opportunity to meet some wonderful people and to make new friends, who I still continue to keep in touch with today.
This September, I have the pleasure of being a guest instructor at a relaxing yoga and meditation beach retreat near Cadiz in Southern Spain.
The yoga retreat is suitable for all levels – from complete beginners to more advanced practitioners. It’s an opportunity for those participating to deepen their practice while enjoying a relaxing and fun holiday in the warm and sunny Spain.
We’ll begin each morning with meditation, followed by an hour and a half of yoga. There will be one more yoga class in the late afternoon too.
Each day you will be provided with three delicious vegetarian (or vegan) meals cooked with organically grown products from the local area.
The retreat will take place in September the 18th to 23rd, 2016. You can find out more information on the complete program on my retreat page or visit Lucia Yoga Retreats where you can also book your place.
There is less than one week left until the 10% discount offer ends so hurry ! 🙂
I hope to see you there my dear yogis and yoginis!