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3 Meditation Techniques for a Flexible Mind

3 Meditation Techniques for a Flexible Mind

Life is full of unpredictability. We frequently counter the unexpected. This often leads to stress and worry as we try to cope with a curveball from nowhere. How could we possibly make this better? So much can be changed by having a flexible mind. If we decide that we are willing to meet whatever comes, we can begin to, as they say, roll with the punches. It can be challenging to change one's mindset to live in such a way, but it is possible and it leads to a certain flexibility of the mind.

How to Get the Most Out of Your Yoga Practice

How to Get the Most Out of Your Yoga Practice

When stepping onto my yoga mat, I remind myself that this is a sacred place. One's mat is where all else ceases to exist. I begin my yoga practice by taking a deep inhale, as I do so, I focus on the air rushing into my lunges, I breathe in positive energy. On my exhale, I blow the air out through my lips and exhale all negative energy out of my body. I like to think of myself as a blank slate when I start my practice. Each day is a new beginning and a new way to mold yourself into the person you aim to be, I begin each day with an open mind and a grateful heart.

Relax Anywhere With This 5 Minute Yoga Routine

Relax Anywhere With This 5 Minute Yoga Routine

Whether you're sitting behind your office desk or laying on your yoga mat, this yoga routine will help you to relax anywhere in 5 minutes. Reserve time for yourself. Relax and zone out of your hectic day for a blip of time. It doesn’t matter where you are. You could be heading back home from the gym. Do this routine in your dressing room. If you can't fall asleep because your thoughts are overwhelming you, try this breath-focused routine for a calmer mind. At the end of this 'Relax Anywhere' routine, we will explore a yogic breathing technique called Alternate Nostril Breathing. I will briefly guide you through it here so that you can watch the demonstration before trying it yourself.

Why you should slow down and listen to your body

Why you should slow down and listen to your body

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As a college student, I spend most of my time running from class to class, trying to get things done in the fastest way possible, and often missing out on things that I may have noticed if I learned to slow down a little bit. I’ve been thinking about this for a while now and I have come to the conclusion that we live in a world that is stuck in fast-forward. We are obsessed with speed, cramming more and more into less and less time. We fail to notice the toll it takes on our everyday lives—our health, our work, and our relationships. Sometimes it takes a wake up call to realize that we are living our lives in a hurry.

Is it possible or even desirable to slow down?

Is it possible to slow down?

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There is the common notion that with time, you either use it or lose it—our days are a ticking clock and we are racing to beat it by accomplishing so much in such a short period of time. I have come to find that slowing down at the right moments results in a higher quality of life and a deeper connection with the mind and body. We can all get more pleasure from slowness if we give ourselves the chance to recognize its importance in our daily lives.

Everyone is looking for a “quick fix” for their health, their diet, and their exercise. You should not feel the need to find a quick fix for your life! This time crunch affects everyone—from young children to adults. LESS can be MORE. I believe that we will get more out of our days if we put the brakes on in life to enjoy and savor our daily activities—to give ourselves the ability to slow down and “smell the roses” as my dad taught me many years ago.

Why is it so hard to slow down?

Why is it so hard to slow down?

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Well, speed is exciting and it is often the distraction many of us are looking for in order to avoid dealing with things that take more time or issues that would otherwise force us to dig deeper and solve personal problems.

Since 9 months ago (when I began this lifestyle), my outlook on life has completely reinvented itself. In relation to my passion for health and wellness, my main focus here is allowing yourself to eat slowly and mindfully. LISTEN TO YOUR BODY! Eating slowly undeniably gives you better digestion and prevents you from over-eating. Most people over-eat because they are too caught up in everything else going on around them or they are thinking of everything they have to accomplish by the end of the day. This is why fast food is so popular—grab and go, on the run food does not have the chance to be properly chewed in your mouth, which cuts off the satiation signals to the brain, causing you to over-eat or consume things that you know aren’t nutritious for your body!

What can I do about it?

The next time you’re running around, take a minute to think about what you are doing and if it is possible to slow down just a little bit and enjoy life that much more (and mindfully chew on your food and think about what you are putting into your body)!

Slowing down is a CHOICE that you can make and a gift that you can give yourself!

This is a post by Ashley Hampton (PumpUp:@rawincollege), a college student looking to spread the power of the raw vegan lifestyle through her positive posts and vibrant photos. Check out her blog.