Meditation is often scoffed at but typically, the scoffers have absolutely no experience of meditation themselves. It is a bit like suffering a back injury only for the doctor to prescribe pain killers and a dose of rest. Anyone with no experience of a chiropractor might scoff at how chiropractic treatment can ease pain, speed recovery and manage ongoing recovery. With any subject, the ill-informed are just that – ill-informed with a closed mind.
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Yoga and meditation
Yoga and meditation are the yin and yang of inner peace. The techniques which have been handed down through the centuries have enabled hundreds of thousands of practitioners to find inner peace out of the cacophony of noise and stress affecting their daily lives. In modern times visiting a yoga retreat is becoming increasingly popular.
Why is yoga becoming increasingly popular?
There are probably hundreds, maybe thousands of different reasons depending on the individual. It could be his or her circumstances, perhaps their life is stressful or they are recovering from illness or injury. Whatever the reason (and there are myriad) for an individual to seek a more thoughtful, contemplative lifestyle a meditation retreat offers the answers and solutions they are seeking.
Retreats such as the one at www.billabongretreat.com.au offer far more than instruction of yoga and meditation techniques, although this in itself is sufficient for the individual to find inner peace and a more sustainable lifestyle. Massage and healing techniques can be imparted to attendees, and ultimately the individual is free to learn as much or as little as they desire on their journey of de-stressing, de-toxing and improving their spiritual awareness.
Yoga is a tradition in the Far East and Middle East where it has been practiced for centuries – indeed, millennia. In the modern world combining these ancient, tried and trusted techniques with modern scientific knowledge devotees of yoga find many benefits to their lives. These include but aren’t limited to:
- Less fatigue
- Reduced stress
- Improved posture
- Improved balance
- Reduced joint pain
- Improved alertness
- Improved flexibility
- Improved circulation
- Reduced blood pressure
- Improved breathing techniques
Of course these benefits are all intertwined and complementary with each helping bring about an overall wellness, regeneration and a positive move towards optimal physical and mental health.
What is meditation?
Meditation and yoga are a combination of many ancient techniques, all of which come together to help promote a complete wellness philosophy. By taking the time to learn the techniques and improving concentration, you can de-stress in a natural way without relying on medication and modern drugs.
Meditation enables the practitioner to connect mind, body and soul. Meditation allows the practitioner to observe emotions, thoughts and sensations rather than becoming a part of them.
It is a window through which you are able to observe the outside universe from a detached perspective, a method of rewiring the brain to enable a better understanding of life and the way in which it is lived.