Motivation to Pause: The Benefits of Meditation

Research has revealed that a regular meditation practice can improve psychological and physiological well-being. As one meditates, the brainwave pattern is brought into an alpha state, a level of consciousness that encourages the rejuvenation and healing of the mind and body. This article outlines the vast psychological and physiological benefits of meditation.

Physiological Benefits of Meditation
* decreases stress resulting in lower levels of cortisol and lactate
* decreases muscle tension and headaches (as with PMS)
* promotes a more restful state (lowers heart rate, lowers body’s core temperature, decreases high blood pressure, and decreases metabolic rate)

* decreases cholesterol levels
* improves respiratory function and decreases respiratory rate
* enhances immune system
* increases the production of serotonin-low levels of serotonin are connected with insomnia, depression, obesity, and headaches
* reduces level of free radicals
* promotes pain management especially for women during childbirth

Psychological Benefits of Meditation
* decreases stress
* decreases depression and irritability
* decreases anxiety
* promotes greater creativity
* improves memory and learning ability
* improves ability to focus and concentrate
* leads to increased self-actualization, self-confidence and self-acceptance
* leads to increased emotional stability
* promotes increased levels happiness and contentment in life
* discovery of personal and spiritual growth

Published by Kreg Weiss

Kreg is the co-founder of MyYogaOnline.com and a certified Hatha Yoga Teacher. All of his classes integrate a purposeful, meditative quality to allow for an experience of connection and reflection while the body experiences expansion and renewal. Kreg acquired his Yoga certification in 2002 following several successful years of venturing in the wellness industry as a personal trainer, group fitness trainer, and national competitive athlete. Kreg has been able to complement his teaching practice with additional studies in Kinesiology and Health Sciences at the University of British Columbia. Striving to share his passion for Yoga, Kreg was inspired in 2004 to co-create MyYogaOnline.com, which has grown to become a thriving production company and the leading global resource for online yoga videos. With his extensive background in anatomy and physiology, Kreg feels privileged to be able to empower students with practices that are educational while still engaging and accessible. Through integrity-driven classes, Kreg aims to provide students with the tools to pursue a unique, confident practice where asanas, pranayama, and meditation interact collectively to rejuvenate and heal the body and mind. Kreg is also proud to be an ambassador for Vega as part of his endeavours to promote plant-based nutrition and sustainability.

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