Yoga and Mindful Meditation, Creating Balance Within

Yoga, meditation, acupressure, and acupuncture are four mind-body practices involved in complementary and alternative medicine “CAM and considered alternative medicine modalities.” This exercise calms the mental processes and tones the muscles that balance all parts of the human body, including the internal organs. Regular practice brings the benefits of mental, social, and physical health. Yoga is an element of the Ayurvedic medical system.


The practices of Yoga are one of the most common CAM movement-based therapies utilized today. Yoga is a mind-body intervention technique that focuses on mediation through spiritual practices, breathing control, physical postures, and ethical disciplines. Its purpose is to maintain a person’s physical health, strength, and flexibility. Studies have established that Yoga improves the overall quality of life and is beneficial for weight loss, asthma, MS, arthritis, social and mental health, and reduces the urge for smoking. 


There are different types of Yoga practices that serve different purposes, “Power Ashtanga Yoga” is a type that entails intense and fast-paced movement. This type focuses on building physical strength and stamina. Yoga originated in India over 6000 years ago and is now being recognized by Western medical practices due to its effectiveness in mind and body connection. Studies suggest that Yoga has benefited individuals suffering from health issues, such as inflammation, respiratory conditions, pulmonary disorders, chronic pain, cancer, obesity, and diabetes 

Meditation involves physical activity that bounds the stimulus-response by guiding attention to a single unchangeable or monotonous stimulus to attain self-awareness. Four components required in meditation are focused attention, position comfort, quiet space, and a receptive attitude. The purpose of deep contemplation is to retain mindfulness skills, self-independence and freedom, self-directness, and mastering avoidance of negative and destructive thought patterns. Techniques in the practice of meditation involve deep, gradual, relaxed abdominal breathing that centers and calms the mind while inducing decreased levels of anxiety, oxygen consumption, blood pressure, heart rates, adrenaline levels, and respiratory rates.


The clinical applications of concentrated breathing techniques serve many purposes and benefits, including the reduction of systolic and diastolic blood pressure and hypertension risks. Self-examination on this level has proven successful in counteracting eating disorders as well as drug and alcohol relapses. This type of deep contemplation is a pervasive process that should be approached with care. There have been cases of contraindications involved in the practice of prolonged self-reflection in individuals suffering from psychological conditions. Individuals who fall into the category of contraindications are those who are obsessive and compulsive, suffering from an intense fear of losing control. This can cause cases of hypertension during the meditation process. Therefore, these individuals must be handled more delicately and require shorter sessions. Additionally, when this occurs, it can intensify the effects of specific pharmaceutical drugs prescribed for issues involving hypertension, thyroid regulation, and psychological health conditions.


Mindfulness Meditation is one of the most common and useful practices of alternative therapies.  This technique allows an individual to stop running on auto-pilot and to notice and observe themselves as they practice the repetition of new behaviors. Consciously allowing less useful patterns to fall away simultaneously creates room for new ones. Inevitably, hardships in personal and professional lives will arise, so it is essential to retain mindfulness skills and master emotional reactions towards other people and external situations. This type of meditation focuses on having deep awareness without judgment.

Mindfulness is a mental state where an individual is at a high level of awareness and focuses on reality in the present moment. Individuals in this state can acknowledge and accept the circumstances without attaching themselves to thoughts and emotional reactions. While this sounds like a natural process, it takes time and dedication to master the art of mindfulness and to live in the present. Many are stuck in negative thought patterns involving the past or future, and this can hinder them from obtaining personal and financial success. During the practice of mindfulness, the individual has full control quieting the mind rather than cluttered thought patterns and over-analyzation. Mantras are part of mindfulness meditation as well. These allow a person to tune their attention where they desire and to hone in on the art of mindfulness.


The practice of Mindful Meditation brings control and balance to thoughts, emotional responses, physical processes. Without, an individual can get lost in past and future fear-based thoughts, causing them to miss out on the present opportunities. Overall the quality of life is reduced when there is a lack of self-awareness and control. Life is precious and moves faster than realized. It’s not possible to be the best version of oneself while stuck destructively living in the past or the future. Mindfulness is essential for emotional wellness, which is necessary for physical wellness. Crucial information required for personal growth and advancement is found only when living in the present. Don't let the moment pass you by.

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Thane Murphy

Thane Murphy

Thane is a disabled USMC veteran who suffers from PTSD incurred by a severe Traumatic-Brain Injury during his service. He’s experienced invasive and debilitating skin rashes since childhood and was diagnosed severely obese and pre-diabetic. Since then, he’s found a cure through diet and nutrition. Thane graduated Summa Cum Laude from Purdue University, specializing in Nutrition and Holistic Medicine. He is now pursuing his Ph.D. in Holistic Natural Health, Healing, and Nutrition at the University of Natural Health.

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