Meditation

The Research and The Science: Mindfulness Meditation in the Sunlight

The central nervous system, which has as a principal function keeping the organism informed about what is going on outside it, develops as the inturned portion of the general surface of the embryonic body.  The rest of the surface covering, after the differentiation of the brain, spinal cord, and all the other parts of the …

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Compassion Focused Therapy

The Pursuit of Self: Compassion Focused Therapy

Who we are, our self-concept, is inseparable from the perception and subjective objectification we take of ourselves (self-image); this is, in turn, indivisible from the esteem we hold toward ourselves (self-esteem); which is intimately and intrinsically related to self-awareness and the ability to consciously acknowledge our thoughts, feelings, behaviours, and traits (through self-talk).  And, while …

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The Mahasi Technique – a Mindfulness Story from Myanmar

There are some long held Buddhist traditions in Myanmar that I highly value, particularly that which is not quite apparent in the yogic philosophical teachings. Specifically, as a practitioner who teaches from the Theravada tradition, I truly value a traditional form of mindfulness – vipassana or insight that can be applied to every element of …

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Meditation as Lifestyle Medicine – Breathing practices for Mental Health

There is nowhere to get to, you are already there. Many of us come to know the areas of adversarial charge, pain or weakness within ourselves over the course of our lifetime.  In Ayurveda, we call these places a kaivagunya, a weakness or deficit within a system in the body that may arise from genetics, …

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empathy and compassion

Meditation as Lifestyle Medicine – What is the Difference Between Empathy and Compassion?

Why only empathy gets fatigued,and why Compassion Meditationfosters well-being… Though we may not realise it, we are inherently designed for connection – both physically and emotionally.  Within the emerging field of interpersonal neurobiology, and certainly within the more recent works of renowned authors and advocates of well-being such as Matthieu Riccard, Richard Davidson, Bonnie Badenoch, …

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Walking Meditation

Meditation as Lifestyle Medicine – Understanding the Fight / Flight / Freeze Response

Why does our face go red when we are embarrassed or in a state of rage?  Why is it that we shut down when shamed? Why do we feel a sense of restriction or tightness when someone looks at us a certain way, or says to us “no”?  Or conversely, why is it that when …

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Restorative Yoga

Meditation for Pain

It is said that one in five Australians live with chronic pain, and yet it remains the most negated and misunderstood phenomenon world-wide.  So, what if rethinking pain, or rather understanding the mind-body connection of pain more comprehensively could assist in the management and treatment of chronic pain?  Or any type of pain for that …

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Soft bellies ~ Embody Peace

The “tighten up your core” instruction could be ignored when practising yoga. For sure, they may have their benefit for some particularly in the prevention of lower back pain etc, but those “core” instructions – are often incorrectly used in yoga and belong to the Fitness and Pilates domain. In yoga, we are aiming for …

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Bumble Bee Breath Mudra

Yoga as Lifestyle Medicine – Benefiting from the Bumble Bee Breath

Breath in through your NOSE and then HUMMMMMMMM….. There is little to no doubt that breathing through your nose has a multiplicity of benefits.  In fact, studies have shown that nasal breathing leads to a 10 – 15% higher oxidation of the blood (source)!  At the same time, studies are now also showing that nasal …

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A Brisbane Meditation Retreat with Celia Roberts

Meditation Teacher Training Scholarship

The BioMedical Institute of Yoga and Meditation has spent the past six months developing and integrating new research into their courses, cultivating an online learning programme that is most comprehensive – one that nourishes and benefits the mind and body, a programme that you will cherish.  Such benefits become available to all students with astute effort and diligence.

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