The goal of calming and relaxation exercises is to help change the way you perceive a situation and react to it — to help you feel more in control, more confident or secure, and to activate healing processes within the body. Give yoga a try!
Yoga - Come As You Are
Yoga can strengthen the key muscles that help with better balance and teach us how to keep a calm focus when we experience life’s challenges, according to Judi Bar, Yoga Program Manager at Cleveland Clinic. Judi will introduce you to yoga and take you through a variety of poses in these videos.
This yoga DVD is in the style of “Come as You Are” yoga – it is easy to do anywhere, at any time, and is designed for all fitness levels. Start with one simple yoga move daily for the first week. In week 2, watch the DVD and try to do a few stretches or yoga postures each day. Build up to doing the whole DVD by week 3 or 4. A regular yoga practice will increase flexibility, strength, and balance. It will also help you to feel more balanced and relaxed.
Relaxation for Chronic Pain
If you feel aches and pain, you might find yourself reaching for a bottle of pain relievers more than you’d like. But there is a free and simple way to feel better: meditation.
Meditation is focusing your attention on one thing for a period of time. It is a great tool that can help ease pain — and can reduce your overall stress, too. When we are stressed, our bodies trigger the release of stress hormones, causing inflammation, and increasing pain to already irritated joints. Meditation shifts your focus to something quiet and calm, reducing inflammation and pain.
How to Meditate
Getting started with meditation is simple. Sit comfortably or lie down in a quiet place, with few interruptions, close your eyes and focus on your breath. Begin by meditating for just five minutes. Use a kitchen timer or the timer on your smart phone or watch. Practice meditating a few times a week to start and work up to 15 or 20 minutes. Your body and mind experience benefits even when it feels as though you didn’t meditate well. Within three weeks of daily meditation for 15 minutes to 20 minutes, you can rewire your brain to be less stressed and more responsive.
Relieve, Relax, Recharge
How to Meditate
Boost your physical and emotional success by embracing stillness and cultivating your inner calm. Building in 10 minutes of meditation each day can help make you train your mind and body to relax and focus.
Research tells us that meditation also can help reduce stress and pain. Overall, it helps you become more centered and grounded, which helps minimize the negative effects of everyday frustrations — like traffic jams or cranky kids.
It also lets you focus on what you’re doing in the moment and not on the distractions you faced that morning or anticipate facing later on. That focus helps make workouts and activities more productive in the limited time available.
Meditation doesn’t magically make life easier or better. But it can help you better cope with what life throws your way and concentrate on the things that are meaningful to you.
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