Types Of Meditation: Moving Meditation

What comes to your mind when you read the word meditation? A calm looking person with eyes closed and legs crossed. We all are familiar with this classic form of meditation. However, moving meditation offers a lot more than the classic meditation. Here’s everything you need to know about this unique form of exercise before you kick start your sessions.

What is moving meditation?

Moving Meditation is a physically active type of meditation where awareness, concentration, and focus are brought into the movement. The movement becomes a conscious movement. In other words, it is using slow body movements combined with the awareness of your actions and breath.

What activities come under this workout?

Moving Meditation consists of activities like Fluid Yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong along with a few others. Fluid Yoga is spiritual and ascetic, it focuses on breath control and postures. Tai Chi is a non-competitive martial art that helps you alleviate stress and anxiety. Qigong is another Chinese practice that helps you restore your energy with balanced movements and breath control.

How it benefits your body?

All activities included in Moving Meditation are designed to help release stress and tension. Moving Meditation helps cope with anxiety, insomnia, and boosts your immune system by building stamina.  Fluid Yoga helps you relax and keeps you healthy with a sequence of Asanas.

What is Fluid Yoga?

A Yoga sequence can be turned into a moving meditation by connecting the breath and the movement. In this form of Yoga, the person is aware and concentrated on what is happening inside his body. During this session, the participant is fully focused and present in the moment barring all the external thoughts. The sequence is enhanced with breathing techniques that bring us mental peace and increase our concentration levels.

Where can you experience Moving Meditation?

On the 3rd International Yoga Day, we are hosting a Moving Meditation class focused on Fluid Yoga at THE ROOM Abu Dhabi. In this session, we will be moving through a simple and fluid yoga sequence combining the movement with the breath.  No need to remember complex sequences, poses or alignment, the class will just focus on finding the harmony and unity between the body, breath, and mind. You can join us at this session by Sahar Zaky on 21 June 2017 at 5.30 PM only at THE ROOM Abu Dhabi. Book your session now.

7 Reasons Why Yoga Is The Healing Therapy You Need

Spending our days in office and excessive overtime has taken many things away from us. Active life and peace of mind are the two most important things on that list. Furthermore, sitting in the office for long hours makes us lazy which can be easily identified with a desk hunchback most of us have.

However, there’s one way that can help us fix this and improve our posture – Yoga.

 

  1. A specially designed Yoga sequence can help you loosen up the muscles of your upper body, releasing the stress that leads to the hunchback posture.
  2. It takes you to a refreshing and optimistic state of mind which makes you reconnect with your positive thoughts.
  3. It takes away the tension and tightness of your muscles which reduces your back pain and helps you maintain a better posture throughout the day.
  4. A bad posture and mind filled with stress may not help you make a good impression. But, practising Yoga regularly will definitely help you maintain a good body posture.
  5. Yoga including breathing techniques, which improve your concentration levels. Increased concentration can help you focus better and help finish your work faster.
  6. It is a low impact fitness activity, which means you don’t have to worry about body aches the next day at work.
  7. Yoga increases your energy level, and boosts your immune system through its breathing techniques.

 

The benefits of Yoga have made it popular in almost all countries across the globe. At THE ROOM Abu Dhabi, we have arranged a ‘Healing With Yoga’ workshop that is designed to help professionals, release their work stress and improve their posture. You can experience this Yoga session with our care team instructor Sahar Zaky on 17 June 2017.

To book your session, call us on : +97124444945

6 Ways Yoga will improve your physical and mental health

Engaging in physical activities to gain fitness is a common and widely accepted way of leading a healthy life. However, the truest form of healthy living is about taking mental well-being into account. Very few forms of exercise actually give you mental peace and calmness required to tackle the stress of a busy life.  Yoga is one such form of exercise that improves your bodily functions while nurturing your well-being from the spiritual perspective.

Here’s how Yoga will benefit your body and brain in the best ways possible –

  1. Makes you more flexible –

This is one of the most obvious and popular benefits of Yoga. Yoga includes several asanas that help you loosen-up tight muscles. The stretching involved can be tolerated by your body and it slowly gets accustomed to the changes while increasing your range of motion, which means more flexibility.

  1. Builds your muscles –

Strong muscles do much more than just improving your look. Yoga asanas have a significant effect on your upper body strength. However, the poses are to be practiced in the right manner to give you the right amount of stress in building the desired muscle strength.

  1. Increases your blood flow –

Yoga, being a combination of exercise and relaxation, improves your blood circulation, especially in your hands and feet. Inverted poses like the Shirshasan (headstand) encourages the blood from the lower body parts to flow back to the heart.

  1. Boosts your health –

Yoga gets your heart rate into the aerobic range which lowers the risk of heart attack and also helps in relieving stress. Some Yoga exercises may not get your heart rate pumping but they do improve your cardiovascular conditioning.

  1. Brings you mental peace–

It wouldn’t be an overstatement to say that Yoga is a trusted remedy for sadness. Consistently practicing Yoga leads to a significant increase in the serotonin levels.  Yoga takes your attention away from your worries and brings more positivity to your mind.

  1. Helps you focus better –

Once you attain calmness it helps you clear the clutter in your mind. This helps you isolate the primary matters and get rid of the stress. You can then resolve these matters with a positive frame of mind and focus better on your day-to-day activities.

Pranic Soul Yoga will open new doors of Sadhana for everyone who believes in the power of Yoga. At THE ROOM Abu Dhabi, we are hosting a Pranic Soul Yoga Session by the acclaimed Yoga instructor Rob Hess.  His ever-evolving style of training and distinctive research will help you discover the true power of Yoga. Book this session by Rob Hess on 9th June 2017 – 3 PM today and embark on a soulful journey!

Book here: http://theroom.ae/timetable.php

Start Where You Are

Kat Owens

When it comes to trying something new, for many of us our instinct is to retreat. We go to a space of doubt rather than a space of curiosity. This is completely normal. We’re creatures of comfort! The unknown is a vulnerable place and it’s a lot easier to cozy up in our comfort zone. Starting a yoga practice can be especially intimidating. If you google the word ‘yoga’ you’re confronted (for the most part) with young, fit bodies bending in dizzying ways. It looks anything but inviting and calming. But in reality the practice of yoga is so much more than fancy postures; it is a practice of self-care and coming home to yourself. Simply put, yoga means union. Union between the body and the mind through the breath.
And the best part? It meets you where you are. It’s never too late to try. Maybe you’re healing from an injury. Maybe you have a meditation practice and are curious about the deeper philosophical aspects of yoga. Maybe you’re an avid and intense cyclist or runner. Maybe you’re super stressed out and tired most of the day. Regardless of your unique biography, if you can breathe you can begin.
The four-week Introduction to Yoga course at The Room is suitable for all levels and is a great way to start or continue your practice. Incorporating yoga poses, breath-work, meditation, and yoga philosophy, each session will build on the previous one so by the end you will have a solid yoga foundation.
So if you have any curiosity, don’t retreat—chase it and come join!
Date : Starting April 18, Every Tuesday
Time :
Morning Course – 9.30 am (Kat Owens)
Evening Course – 7.30 pm (Sahar Zaky)
Call 02/ 4444 945 or email info@theroom.ae to enroll or know more.
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Learn to Fly – Yoga Workshop

Matt Corker

Arm balances in yoga can often be intimidating to those who have never done them before. In this 90-minute vinyasa yoga class, we will explore the secrets of making arm balances easy so you can feel light enough to fly.

In this workshop, you’ll experience the power of your breath and what it feels like to laugh on a yoga mat. This is a class open to all levels – beginners and advanced students are both welcome.

Join Matt for this awesome workshop happening on December 7th at THE ROOM Zayed Sports City, 5.30 pm – 7 pm.

 

About Matt Corker :

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Matt (hailing from Vancouver, Canada) is a 200 hr RYT in Radiantly Alive Yoga and a faculty member for The Sacred Fig Yoga Teacher Trainings that happen annually in Bali, Goa, and Costa Rica annually. This vinyasa-based style uses music, challenging asana (postures), spiritual insight, pranayama (breath exercises), meditation, humour, and yogic themes relevant for the modern yogi to enrich the student’s experience and cultivate awareness. Matt uses yoga to complement his other active escapades – be them running half marathons, cycling, or trying out the newest workout class in Vancouver.

Call 02/ 4444 945 to sign up and know more about the workshop.

 

Spinning and Yoga

Spinning® and Yoga – The Ideal combination

Yoga and the Spinning® program are natural complements to one another. They’re similar in that both have a mental and a physical component.

Teaching the physical part of the Spinning class is easy. It is the mental aspect that is often more challenging. The purpose of yoga is to develop self awareness. Therefore, combining yoga and Spinning enables us to introduce the mental component with ease.
When we use breathing and/or a flowing sequence of yoga poses (asanas) as a warm-up, we can establish a mind/body connection that can carry over into the ride. Using asanas as the cool-down keeps us focused on our bodies while we stretch the muscles used during the ride.

THE ROOM Abu Dhabi is hosting a Spinning + Yoga class on November 12th at 4.30 pm. Call us on 02/ 4444 945 to book.

Objectives of the class

• Discover why yoga and the Spinning® program work well together.

• Learn a sun salutation sequence and breathing exercises for a yoga

• Learn asanas that will stretch the cycling muscles.

 

Write to us for more information and feedback on this article – info@theroom.ae

 

5 Ways Yoga Helps Reduce Anxiety & Manage Stress

Yoga for stress
Let Yoga help you deal with stress.

Kat Owens

Yoga. It’s so much more than just colorful leggings and contorting one’s body into a pretzel.

Yoga is a comprehensive system for overall health and well-being. It utilizes many tools to help strengthen the body, increase flexibility, and calm the mind.

The tools of yoga work especially well when it comes to understanding and responding to chronic stress. In a world that often feels chaotic and out of control, yoga can help bring you to a place of balance, awareness, and ease.

Here are 5 ways yoga helps reduce anxiety and manage stress:

  1. It relaxes & strengthens the nervous system

When we experience chronic stress, our sympathetic nervous system (the “fight or flight” response) is in full force. Over time, this can do a lot of damage to our health. The yoga practice helps shift this dominance by utilizing calming and restorative techniques, which are mediated by the parasympathetic nervous system (the “rest and restore” response) to bring the body back into balance.

  1. It leads to slower and deeper breathing

How many times have we been told to “take a deep breath” or “breathe and count to 10” when we’re upset? Intentionally slowing and deepening the breath calms the body and the mind. In time, the breath becomes more consistent and efficient.

  1. It increases blood flow and reduces tension in the body

Yoga postures (asanas) effectively improve circulation and blood flow throughout the entire body, reducing muscle tension and tightness. Major muscles such as the hips, which are often neglected sitting on the couch or at a desk, get relief through the practice of yoga.

  1. It helps “clear” the mental clutter

Yoga teaches you how slow down the fluctuations of the mind. By focusing on a posture or on your breath, you focus your awareness. Off the yoga mat, this awareness can help you respond less aggressively to situations that would normally trigger you.

  1. It leads to healthier habits and rituals

Your yoga practice is for you. You are in the driver’s seat and you are responsible for your own healing. As you build a stronger awareness of your body, you tend to make healthier choices in your daily life. You might start to eat better or sleep more regularly. You become less anxious and more at peace.

The best part? All of these benefits (and there are many more) overlap! If you change your breathing, you change your nervous system. If you settle and focus your mind, you are more likely to make more informed, healthy choices. And the benefits only grow with continued practice!

If you liked this article you might like our

Release the grip : Yoga Stress Management Workshop with Kat Owens

Click link to know more or call us on 02/4444 945.