An Archive of Meditations – The Purple Almond Year in Review

Since it’s a federal holiday here in the USA, I decided to take the day off from both blogging and school. I still wanted to posts something, so it’s a repost day here at The Purple Almond.

Here is a repost of my Meditation Monday year end review from December. I couldn’t decide which article to repost today, so I decided to post this one, which posts all of them, up until December. Do you have a favorite? For me, it’s the grounding meditations as well as the walking and EFT tapping.

ENJOY!


I began my Meditation Monday blog series on December 19, 2016. One year on, I have covered the gambit of meditation and relaxation techniques. I began with Yoga, and have included everything from Qi Gong to chair yoga and candle gazing to stone stacking. Whether you’re a fitness fanatic, or hate to exercise (like me!) there’s something for everyone.

Many of you may wonder why I focus so heavily on meditation and motivation, despite being a nutrition site. As someone who is studying holistic nutrition, I learned early on that food is only part of the equation when it comes to complete, whole body health. A body under constant stress is an unhealthy body, even if you eat in a super healthy way. Yes, all of that healthy food does help, but the stress still takes a toll on you. That’s why I include so many meditation and motivational posts on my blog.

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In fact, I feel that dealing with stress is so important, my very first blog post, from over a year ago, was devoted to dealing with anger:

Do You Hold Onto Your Anger?

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Here are just a few physical effects stress has on your body:

  • Acne and other skin problems
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Increased heart rate
  • High cholesterol
  • Increased risk for a heart attack
  • Lower bone
  • Joint pain
  • Acid reflux
  • Diabetes
  • Irritable bowel
  • Lower sex drive
  • Comprised immune system

So below is a list of 23 of my Meditation Monday posts from this past year, beginning with my first YOGA post, from December 19, 2016. I hope you can find something on this list to help you relieve stress over this holiday season, and through out the new year.

The Benefits of Yoga with 30 Minute Restorative Yoga and Meditation video

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NEW YOU –

Letting Go Of Yesterday Guided Meditation

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Qi Gong –

7 minutes of Magic for Health

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Guide to walking Meditation

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Simple Meditation led by Jeffrey Zlotnik – Founder of The Meditation Initiative

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Meditation for Beginners:

The Ultimate Guide 

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The Butterfly – Kids Meditation

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40 Ways to Relax

in 5 Minutes or Less

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6 Guided Meditation Videos

for Anxiety and Fear

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A Mindful Eating Meditation

to Manage Food Cravings

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Stone Stacking

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Grounding Meditation (AKA: Earthing) with Free Guidebook

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Tapping-The Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)

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EFT Tapping for Self-Love

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Candle Gazing

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Deepak Chopra’s Top 8 Meditation Tips

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Partner Yoga for Relaxation

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Guided Imagery

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Foot Soaking Meditation

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Yoga for Mental Health

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20-Minute HIIT Yoga Flow for Stress

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Chair Yoga

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A Quick Guide to Yin Yoga

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Yoga for kids: A walk through the garden

As of 2013, it is estimated that approximately 129 million children worldwide have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). (2) The mind-body connection so prevalent in Yoga can have a beneficial impact on individuals with ADHD. Some benefits of yoga for individual with ADHD include: (3)
• Decreased Fidgeting
• Connection between body, mind and spirit
• Improved Focus
• Improved levels of flexibility
• Increase strength and muscle mass
• More balanced metabolism and digestion
• Relaxation and quieting of the mind
• Promote empathy for others
• Decreasing stress and anxiety
• Improved lung capacity, energy level and respiration

If you’ve spent any time doing yoga, you know just how calming it can be. These same benefits can help your child as well.

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 Besides the benefits stated above, here are a few other reasons you may want to introduce yoga to your children: (1)

  • Develops body awareness
  • Mindfulness training
  • Stress management
  • Meditation
  • Healthy moving
  • Concentration
  • Confidence
  • Awareness of breath
  • Energizing
  • Strengthening
  • Improved balance
  • Lengthening
  • Awareness
  • Focus
  • Relaxation

Below, I have gathered together some yoga poses, information and videos for you. There is a ton of information on the web about teaching yoga to kids. It is my hope that I have peaked your curiosity on this topic. ENJOY!

“Poses” posters

 “Garden” poses for kids…

(Via www.childhood101.com)

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Garden Yoga for Kids Free Printable Poster PDF


Calm Down Yoga for kids

(Via: www.childhood101.com)

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Sun Salutation For Kids

(Via: Childhood 101)

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Yoga for kids resources:

Videos:

I have pulled some of the super fun Cosmic Kid videos for you to see. There are so many more at www.cosmickids.com and the Cosmic Kids Yoga youtube channel. (Keep in mind, when you watch them…they are meant for young children! 😉 They are meant to engage the kids, get them moving and most of all, help them have fun while they exercise!)

Star Wars | A Cosmic Kids Yoga Adventure!

Moana | A Cosmic Kids Yoga Adventure!

Episode 1: Squish The Fish |

A Cosmic Kids Yoga Adventure!

Jaime’s Brain Breaks | 12. Spidey Superpowers

Sources:

  1. https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-15075/7-ways-kids-benefit-from-yoga.html
  2. http://www.chadd.org/understanding-adhd/about-adhd/data-and-statistics/general-prevalence.aspx
  3. https://www.yogitimes.com/article/yoga-help-adhd-symptoms-relax

Meditation Monday: Yoga for Mental Health

It is a well known fact that exercise is beneficial for stress relief, anxiety and  depression, but yoga is one of the best. Yoga combines strength and flexibility exercises with meditation and relaxation…a winning combination if you’re fighting depression or anxiety.

5 Reasons to use Yoga for Mental Health (1)

  1. Yoga slows down breathing and heart rates, which lowers blood pressure
  2. It has been proven that yoga helps to boost GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid), which slows down brain activity, enabling you to relax. A one-hour session can increase GABA by 27% (1).
  3. Research indicates that regular use of yoga can lead to improved mood, reduced anxiety and anger reduction in people suffering from depression (1).  One study found that one 12 minute yoga session daily, for 8 weeks, can reduce inflammation. Inflammation is a known risk factor for depression (1).
  4. Yoga raises the levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). This is a type of protein that stimulates the development of new brain cells. (1)
  5. Yoga can improve memory and concentration. Doing just one 20 minute Hatha yoga session was shown to improve memory better than any other form of exercise.

This video  discusses the science behind why yoga helps improve conditions such as depression, anxiety, stress and PTSD.

From: Live Sonima

Understanding How Yoga

Can Help Depression,

Anxiety & PTSD

Have I peaked your interest? If you are interested in using yoga to help with your depression, anxiety or stress, I have found 3 different routines for you. Each routine is approximately 30 minutes long. I personally find this to be the perfect length. Choose the video, instructor and routine that best fits you. Enjoy!

From: Psyche Truth

Beginners Yoga for

Depression, Stress,

the Blues

&

Anxiety Relief

Anxiety & Panic Attacks,

Deep Relaxation, Sleep,

Stress Relief, ASMR

From: Fightmaster Yoga

Yoga for Depression

I practice yoga as often as time allows in my life. (So not as often as I would like. 😦 ) I hope this article helps you understand how yoga can help with your depression, anxiety, or stress. It was my desire , through this article, to introduce you to yoga as a tool to help you combat the issues you face daily.

Let us stop for a moment to pray and meditate.

SOURCE:

  1. https://bebrainfit.com/mental-health-benefits-yoga/
  2. http://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/yoga-for-anxiety-and-depression