Welcome to this new meditation audio series by Pam Butler.
This is a program designed for people who want to learn to control their responses to daily stressors but who have little time to dedicate to a meditation program.
Three minutes a day will allow you to:
learn how to take a conscious breath
feel the difference in yourself before and after the three minutes
change the rhythm of your mental activity
re-set your emotions
improve your focus
become responsive rather than reactive.
Three minutes a day builds your brain’s familiarity with the activity of regulating your breathing; and as this becomes more familiar, it will be more and more available to you in moments of stress. The familiar action of taking a deep breath, linked to the familiar and positive feeling of being more in control of your self, more objective and more able to think instead of becoming emotional, means ou will have establishes a new behavioural pattern.
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
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Happy 50th Anniversary of Earth Day!
It is astonishing to me that on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the Earth herself is enjoying her best health in a long time even as we humans find ourselves thrown
upside-down in a global health crisis. The significance of this turn is worth a short reflection.
Our global “health” crisis is more than that – it is an existential crisis. It is laying bare all of our systems’ weaknesses. Health care and wealth divides are a good place to start. Rich America is seeing a stark and horrifying result, due to its unjust, short-sighted systems – such as health care linked to employment, or wealth, so that those on the low end of the socio-economic scale can’t access health care now, in this desperate time of need. But, though stark in America, Oxfam says that this pattern repeats worldwide. India is a frightening example, and reports say that Africa is headed for desperate times as Coronavirus is set to hit hard.
Race, racism, wealth, power, corporations and government, leadership, pollution, climate change, health, health care, religion and beliefs, science, technology, biotech, ethics, morals, immigration policies, social support, job security, food security, food production, ... very few threads in our society's fabric have remained un-tugged; and how closely knit all these threads are has been revealed by this pandemic.
Yoga can be an effective part of managing mental and physical health – which are one and the same, according to the old expression “Mens sana in corpore sano”. Below are excerpts from a studies that are testing the benefits of yoga.
Yoga for anxiety and depression
(from Harvard Health Publications, health.harvard.edu)
Taming the stress response
By reducing perceived stress and anxiety, yoga appears to modulate stress response systems.
Published in Yoga Therapy Ireland's Winter 2015 edition (pp 14-15). Download the full ezine here.
It's "Mensana" week in Carlow - a play on the "mens sana in corpore sano" phrase from the poet Juvenal's Satire X, written a couple of thousand years ago. It has come to mean that a healthy body needs a healthy mind, or a healthy mind creates a healthy body - either way, that the two are inseparable. Carlow Mental Health Association organises this annual event to raise awareness of mental health issues and to present various tools to deal with the challenges that arise.
Yoga is a useful tool for self-managing physical and mental health - an ideal "mens sana in corpore sano" activity. I was invited to lead three sessions connecting breath to movement.
Market research and stragetic marketing applications for the Irish yoga market
Any yoga teacher or studio owner will recognise the questions fundamental to an effective marketing plan:
Who is the target client?
How can the client be helped?
What attracts the target customer?
What new market segments can be developed?
These are not the first questions that pop into mind when you think of “yoga”, but they are important to sustainable business success. Original research I undertook in 2014 provide some quantified answers.
The Irish Market
There is no raw data on the yoga market in Ireland, but a reasonable benchmark is that Ireland has 70,000 practitioners (1.5% of the population) including 1,500 teachers.
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