Stress . . . Busy . . . Work . . . Family . . . Friends . . . Un-well . . . Time . . . Pressure . . . Study . . .
all live such busy lives in this day and age, often forgetting the
importance to take some quality time-out every now and then to relax,
de-stress and re-charge our batteries. Which is essential for us to
function at our very best.
To maintain our health and wellbeing we
need a good combination of physical exercise/activities, mental
relaxation, balanced diet, fresh air for healthy oxygenation in our
lungs, good quality sleep, time for ourselves, and that feel good factor
of emotional wellbeing by keeping in good company of family, friends
and loved ones.
You always know when things
are starting to get on top of you, because you can begin to feel
run-down, tired, irritable and become more prone to illness. How many
times I hear of people who have just been so busy with work and
deadlines etc, working themselves almost silly up until the moment that
they know they are going to have some time off, perhaps planned holidays
. . . and off they set, finally ready to have some well earnt time off .
. . only to find themselves coming down with a cold or being un-well
for part of their holiday time. It's like the body is finally given
permission to rest and has decided it will make you rest and slow you
down even more through sickness. Your body does need rest! Not just
physically, but also mentally, emotionally and spiritually too. We are
made up of energy ~ so to maintain our energy ~ we have to look after
As a Cognitive Hypnotherapist, Reiki Master therapist and
Integral Yoga Teacher, I can fully appreciate that everyone ultimately
needs time to rest, re-couperate and re-charge on a regular basis. I can
sense the energy and dynamics of the majority of my Yoga students as
they filter in for their weekly classes . . . their needs to stretch,
breathe and then allow themselves to relax . . . gradually throughout
the class seeing their energies change, re-align and let go of the
things they no longer need . . . so by the time they lie down for the
Yoga Nidra relaxation at the end they are in the right space and zone to
drop into a deep and peaceful place.
some people, Yoga is not for them, they need quick, fast, energetic
activities ~ which is great, we are all different. But one thing I'm
always mindful of is that ultimately we all need the same . . . the
ability to relax and relax deeply is essential to us all (perhaps even
more so for those who are fast paced souls).
if you are wanting to discover just how beneficial learning to relax is
for you, then I run monthly Deep Relaxation Evenings in Oundle,
Northamptonshire. The first friday every month from 7pm - 8.30pm at the
Joan Strong Hall, for £7 a session. Everyone is welcome, no experience
is necessary, you will be guided through different layers of relaxation,
meditation and pranayama (breathing techniques), so you can practise
them at home too. All you need to bring is a yoga mat or something to
lie down on, a cushion for seated comfort in meditation and pranayama
breathing practises, and a warm blanket to put over you in the longer
Yoga Nidra relaxation.
Learning to truly relax
deeply takes time and practise, so each month, you'll find yourself
being able to let go more and more, going deeper and deeper into the
most relaxing place for you to rest the most. Relaxation makes you feel
fit for life!
Some of the benefits of Relaxation are:
* Can help to alleviate the signs of stress
* Help us feel more emotionally settled and peaceful in ourselves
* Let go of un-needed worries or fears
* Release excess muscular tension
* Aids healing process
* Rests our heart and helps reduce High Blood Pressure
* Deepens our breathing, strengthening our lungs, aiding respiration
* Improves our sleep
* Improves our over-all health and wellbeing
plus much more . . .
For more details on coming along to the Deep Relaxation Evenings,
then please go to my What's On page at http://www.mindbodywellbeing.co.uk/Cognitive+Hypnotherapy-Kettering-Whats+On-5.php
I will look forward to welcoming you on Friday 1st February for your journey into peaceful relaxation.
Mind & Body Wellbeing