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Meditation is a mind-body practice that’s been helping people restore their natural state of calmness and physical relaxation for thousands of years. There are many ways to meditate, including:
Mindfulness meditation emphasizes your innate ability to be fully present. When you practice mindfulness, you’re aware of your surroundings without overreacting, judging, or feeling overwhelmed.
Sometimes called visualization, guided meditation uses relaxing mental imagery like places or situations. During a live, guided meditation class at 29 Intentions, your teacher leads you through a visualization that helps you achieve a calm, clear, and focused state of mind.
Various other approaches to meditation include movement practices like yoga, tai chi, and qi gong, and Transcendental Meditation®, which involves silently repeating a word, sound, or phrase (mantra).
Meditation has a long history of use for promoting overall health and well-being through mind-body balance.
Recent research confirms these benefits, including a 2018 Harvard study that found that people who meditated for 15 minutes per day for 8 weeks experienced a significant change in genetic expression that, in turn, led to a decrease in their blood pressure.
Other benefits of meditation include:
Various studies support meditation’s role as a complementary medicine technique that reduces symptoms of depression, anxiety, asthma, high blood pressure, heart disease, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Meditation is for all people, regardless of age, gender, background, or experience level. Even if you don’t have one of the many common health issues that meditation helps with, a meditation practice can dramatically improve your relationships, career, and overall quality of life.
Bill Gates, Madonna, Jerry Seinfeld, and Oprah Winfrey are just a few celebrities who credit meditation for helping them to achieve tremendous success. But the best way to learn how meditation can elevate your life is to try it for yourself.
If you want to incorporate meditation into your self-care practice but aren’t sure where to start, 29 Intentions can help. Just sign up for a class via the website or app, find a comfortable place to relax, and settle in for your guided meditation.
You may want to use headphones to reduce external noise. Other things that can enhance your comfort include blankets, pillows, and a scented candle or essential oil diffuser. There’s no wrong way to meditate, so do whatever feels good to you!
29 Intentions meditation studio offers a special rate for new members — sign up today to get started on your journey to optimal wellness.
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