Mindfulness is a way of life. By engaging in simple practices on a daily basis we cultivate the presence to attend to any situation, thought, emotion, or body sensation without judgment. This may be the most effective tool we have to navigate through life with more ease, comfort, and joy.
Science is proving that mindfulness practices and techniques have a biochemical effect on the brain that reduces stress and improves the quality of life. In the Akhila program, we incorporate mindfulness practice into every session.
The mind is thought to be influenced by smell, sight, sound, touch, and taste. The mind is considered a subtle body; therefore treating it is known as subtle therapy. In brief, subtle therapies introduce favorable sensory inputs such that the mind is affected in a positive way.
In Akhila Health classes, we bring awareness of these subtle therapies.
- Smell: Aromatherapy – calming or energizing
- Sight: Color Therapy – color’s influence on mood
- Sound: Sound Therapy – sounds that promote relaxation
- Touch: Massage – self-massage
- Taste: 6 tastes – sweet, sour, salty, pungent, astringent, and bitter
Meditation can remove stress and replace it with a dose of inner peace. It is one of the best tools we have to balance our emotions, deal with physical and psychological distress, and promote the peace of the present moment.
Practicing meditation solo can be a daunting task. Guided meditation is a supported practice that can help one find a calm and peaceful state. This kind and gentle practice is an important component of experiencing the benefits that meditation offers.
Guided imagery is a gentle, but powerful technique that focuses and directs the imagination. When properly constructed, imagery has the built-in capacity to deliver multiple layers of complex, encoded messages by way of simple symbols and metaphors. It involves the whole body, the emotions, and all of the senses.
Over the past 25 years, the effectiveness of guided imagery has been increasingly established by research findings that demonstrate its positive impact on health, creativity, and performance. We now know that in many instances even 10 minutes of imagery can reduce blood pressure, lower cholesterol and glucose levels in the blood, and heighten short-term immune cell activity.
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