YogaNej - January Newsletter
Quiet the mind and the soul will speak.
~Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati
So here we are....the year 2015. I'm trying hard to remain as cliche free as I can while I write this newsletter today, but it's difficult. I truly can't believe how fast 2014 came and went!
I'm not, by nature, a January resolution person. I usually live by "if you want to do it, or it needs to be done, now is as good a time as any," but this year I've found myself standing in front of the stacks of unread yoga reference books I have gathering in my office space at home.
So, first up on my reading list this year is a small book I stumbled across some time ago...The Posture of Meditation by Will Johnson.
Meditation has always, for me, been an active experience. Daily runs of anywhere from 1-10 miles and a physical (asana based) yoga practice were always my time to put all outside influences on the back burner. Unfortunately, I'm finding it more and more difficult to fit those daily runs into my busy schedule....and my own yoga practice is going through a stage where I can't seem to shut off "ideas" of things I'll do in my classes while I'm on my own mat.
Instead of fighting my schedule and fighting my brain, I've been thinking that a more dedicated sitting meditation practice might be the answer for me in this stage of my life.
Interesting meditation facts:
* Meditation has been proven to help in overcoming stress (University of Mass. Medical School, 2003)
* Meditation can cultivate healthy habits that lead to weight loss (Journal Emotion, 2007)
* Meditation can help overcome anxiety, depression, anger and confusion (Psychosomatic Medicine, 2009)
Interesting posture facts:
* Dutch behavioral scientist Erik Peper has found we are more likely to remember positive memories or to think positively when we sit up straight, vs slouching.
* In 2010, Dana Carney (a social psychologist at UC Berkeley) co-authored a study showing that when people took on body positions reflecting confidence, whether they were feeling confident or not; the body would actually show increased levels of testosterone (a hormone associated with self-confidence) and show decreased levels of cortisol (sometimes referred to as the stress hormone).