10 surprising benefits of meditation

10 surprising benefits of meditation

At SPACE Yoga, we believe in promoting holistic health and wellbeing through the practice of yoga and meditation. Meditation is an essential part of yoga practice and provides a range of mental and physical benefits that can enhance your overall wellbeing.

In my classes, I incorporate a particular style of meditation called Instinctive Meditation, having completed a teacher training course with Lorin Roche in 2021.

“Your body already knows how to meditate, because it is part of our built-in healing abilities. Meditation is a time when life’s innate forces of healing and rejuvenation can work on us. In this sense, meditation is like deep sleep. The difference is, we are awake and deeply restful and relaxed. This is an instinctive capacity of the human body and everyone can do it.” – Lorin Roche

To learn more about this style of meditation, keep an eye out for our upcoming blog post, ‘What is Instinctive Meditation?’

10 benefits of meditation you might not be aware of

Here are 10 possibly surprising benefits of meditation to enhance your yoga practice:

  1. Lowered risk of heart disease: Meditation can reduce the risk of heart disease by decreasing stress levels and improving blood flow, which supports overall cardiovascular health.
  2. Improved immune system: By stimulating the production of antibodies, improving immune cell function and reducing inflammation, meditation can boost your immune system and support your overall health.
  3. Reduced anxiety levels: Meditation can lower anxiety levels by reducing levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which can improve your ability to cope with life’s challenges.
  4. Better quality sleep: Through its calming and relaxing effects, meditation can improve sleep quality, which is essential for energy restoration, clarity and focus in all aspects of life. Why not check out our next Sleep is Magic Course if you’re curious about how meditation can help you sleep better?
  5. Improved cognitive function: Meditation can help to sharpen focus, improve memory retention and enhance overall cognitive function, thereby improving the overall effectiveness of your yoga practice and overall wellbeing.
  6. Better stress management: Probably one of the most well-known benefits of meditation is that it can significantly reduce stress, increase feelings of calmness and improve your stress-coping capability, which enhances your ability to handle the stressors of everyday life.
  7. Increased self-awareness: Meditation allows you to tune into your thoughts and feelings without judgement, helping you to better understand yourself and what influences your behaviour, and promote personal growth.
  8. Boosted mood: Meditation can elevate mood, which promotes feelings of contentment, happiness and wellbeing. This can lead to a more focused and effective yogic practice.
  9. Improved creativity: Meditation can promote feelings of mental clarity and reduce mental chatter, which can increase creativity and produce new ideas.
  10. Assistance with weight loss goals: Perhaps one of the most surprising benefits of meditation is that it can support weight loss goals by reducing both stress levels and feelings of emotional eating, which can promote better food and lifestyle choices.

By incorporating meditation into your daily yoga practice, you can further enhance the benefits of your practice and support your overall wellbeing.

At SPACE Yoga we offer a range of classes, workshops and retreats that combine both yoga and meditation to help you improve your health and wellbeing.

Join us on the mat and experience the many benefits of meditation and yoga for yourself.

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