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GUIDED RELAXATION AUDIO SESSIONS

​WE INCLUDE HERE A BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO SOME DIFFERENT TYPES OF RELAXATION SESSIONS THAT YOU MIGHT FIND USEFUL.

Relaxation exercises can be fantastic supports in your daily life in order to work towards a life that is filled with more balance - emotionally, physically and mentally.

Here, we provide a small variety of some short introductory sessions.

It is good to be aware that different people will respond to different practices, styles and techniques differently. And this is OK - each person needs to finds a style that works best for them at their current stage in life. When we work with our clients, we work with them to find the best suited relaxation and meditation techniques for them.

All we ask is that you listen to them with an open mind and see what you can learn and and take away from them.

All of these clips have been recorded unscripted and without editing, except for background static/noise as needed. 

If you would like to know more about our full range of our online relaxation, meditation, breathwork, contemplation, and yoga clips and classes, please contact us.

#17: 12 MINUTE ACTIVE LISTENING RELAXATION EXERCISE

We spend so much of our lives in thought, with our minds running from here the there and back again. In this simple technique, we introduce one way in which we can start to learn to calm the mind.

#19 VIDEO CLIP: AN INTRODUCTION TO ABDOMINALLY FOCUSSED BREATHING

In modern society, we can be so busy with our lives that we are unaware that we may be living in a constant state of chronic stress, which if not dealt with has been scientifically proven to potentially lead to numerous chronic health conditions. In this video, we present a short introduction to a simple breathing technique that can help move the body back onto a more relaxed state, and move it away from the flight and fight response of the sympathetic nervous system.

#18 VIDEO CLIP: AN INTRODUCTION TO THORACIC BREATHING

For centuries the Yogic Sciences and Ayurvedic Medicine have used the power of breathwork to help rebalance the body and mind. This video introduces thoracic breathing in an easy and accessible way.

#20 VIDEO CLIP: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE SECRET OF THE HALF BUDDHA SMILE

Many depictions of the Buddha show his face with a half smile - where his mouth is turned upwards into a half smile and the outer edges of his eyelids are also turned upwards. There is a reason behind this as many Eastern traditions have used this very simple and effective technique as a meditation and relaxation tool. Today, modern science has shown the mechanism for how this change in facial tone can inhibit the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight response) through the activation of the vagal brake, which then increases the relaxation response.

#24 AUDIO CLIP: 12 MINUTE GROUNDING EXERCISE DURING A BUSY DAY

Sometimes during the daily obligations of a busy life - be this work, caring for another, housework, or study - we can find ourselves feeling overwhelmed, distracted, ungrounded and unfocussed. In these times when it is most needed, it can be difficult to find a quiet space without the distractions of the daily grind, to help allow yourself to refocus. 

In this audio clip, we present a short exercise to help you regain your grounding and focus, to be able to continue on with your day - even amongst the noise and distractions that can surround us.

#25: 20-MINUTE GUIDED YOGA NIDRA V1

Yoga Nidra, otherwise known as the yogic sleep, is a form of guided meditation or deep relaxation practice, which aims to induce physical, mental, and emotional relaxation.  

There have been numerous scientific studies on the effectiveness of Yoga Nidra, including (1), which show that Yoga Nidra decreases the impact from stress, anxiety levels, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms, such as rage and anxiety, as well as an increasing the feelings of relaxation and peace after Yoga Nidra as a therapy.

Here, we provide a short 20-minute Yoga Nidra session that we recorded in a recent session. This is one small example of the many variations within the practice of Yoga Nidra. 

NOTE: Yoga Nidra is a fully guided exercise, so for anyone that is unfamiliar with the practice, you may find that you need to listen and practice to it a few times - as it is different from many other forms of relaxation techniques.

(1) Dhamodhini, Kalamani & Sendhilkumar, Muthappan. (2018). Outcome of yoga nidra practice on various mental health problems and general wellbeing: a review study. International Journal Of Community Medicine And Public Health. 6. 446. 10.18203/2394-6040.ijcmph20185286. 

#50: PRIMORDIAL SOUND GUIDED RELAXATION/MEDITATION

According to Vedic philosophy, OM (or AUM) is the primordial sound from which the whole universe was created. It represents all time: past, present, and future; and is also considered to be beyond time itself, representing the eternal oneness, or the ultimate goal of yoga: to become unified in body, mind and spirit.

In recent years there have been several scientific studies into the effectiveness of chanting OM. Amin et al. (2016) reported that, "The practice of Om chanting in a traditional way can be used as one of the powerful means in calming down the mind, enhancing memory." (1)

OM is also a monosyllable, which aids in slowing down respiration and also prolongs the exhalation when chanting it. This then naturally initiates the parasympathetic nervous system (rest and relax system).

(1) A Amin, S Kumar, A Rajagopalan, S Rajan (2016) Beneficial effects of OM chanting on depression, anxiety, stress and cognition in elderly women with hypertension. Indian J Clin Anatomy. http://oaji.net/articles/2016/...

 

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