M-L-R Workshop in Albury Wodonga

Not long till M-L-R Workshop in Albury-Wodonga

 

M-L-R Workshop in Albury Wodonga

 

Here in Albury-Wodonga we are looking forward to spending time laughing, meditating and relaxing next Monday 22 June. This is the date of our next 2-hour workshop, that will leave you feeling calm, happy and relaxed! Read more or book here now

At the last one someone arrived late. Rather than start with meditation we decided to start with Laughter – so she could just join in when she arrived.

Well, we found that people meditated much better after dropping away some of their stress with the laughter! So that is what we will do from now on.

After a cuppa and chat we will finish with 20 minutes of guided relaxation.

Are you ready for a fun, relaxing night?

We hope you can join us.

How laughter works

How Laughter Works

 

Did you know?

One pioneer in laughter research, Dr. William Fry, claimed it took 10 minutes on a rowing machine for his heart rate to reach the level it would after just one minute of hearty laughter.

 

How laughter works

 

Today we thought we would give you some of the benefits of laughter.

  1. It relaxes the whole body by relieving physical tension and stress.
  2. It decreases stress hormones in the body and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, improving resistance to disease.
  3. It triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals.
  4. Improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow.
  5. It provides a gentle aerobic workout.
  6. It’s the body’s natural way of getting rid of stress and anxiety. So if we don’t laugh enough it does affect our immune system and we’re more open to illness.
  7. It helps relieve pain. It’s very powerful and it’s fun.
  8. We change physiologically when we laugh.
  9. We stretch muscles throughout our face and body, our pulse and blood pressure go up, and we breathe faster, sending more oxygen to our tissues.

Would it be possible for you to do 3 belly laughs each day?

 

 

The Power of Relaxation

The Power of Relaxation

 

The Power of Relaxation

 

Today we want to remind you of the power of a relaxation practice.

This relaxation practice can be done for just a few minutes or longer.

Lie or sit comfortably. Turn off the computer and any other distractions. Let those around you know you are taking some time out. Set a timer if you wish.

Close your eyes. Take 3 long, slow, deep breaths.

Now start to move your attention systematically through legs, arms, trunk and head. Use any of your 5 senses to observe each part. Don’t worry if you get distracted, just return your attention to the last place you remember.

With each part there may be a vision, a colour or a symbol or an image of the body part. Equally there may be a sound, taste, smell or the physical sensations. Whatever you experience is perfect.

Deep physical relaxation is very enjoyable. However it has powerful benefits that go way beyond enjoyment.

Why?

It brings our bodies out of the reactive Flight/Fight state and into a more healthy resting state.

You may know that the Flight/Fight mechanism is designed to save lives. We either run or we fight. To help with this our bodies pumps cortisol around the bloodstream so that our arms and legs move with the required urgency. This same mechanism pumps blood away from our brains!

Have you noticed that your brain is less able to make decisions and complete tasks when you are stressed.

Can you make a commitment to yourself to try this practice today or tomorrow?

electric shock handshake

Electric Shock Handshake

 

Ready for a shock?

Laughter is such an accessible tool – use it daily to rediscover your joy and passion. Remember it will also keep you healthy, by lowering your stress levels.

 

“A good laugh is sunshine in the house.”    William Thackeray

 

Just 25 minutes…

 

Just 25 Minutes of Meditation May Help Manage Stress

Posted by Viral Global News Reader on July 7, 2014 in Health

Just 25 minutes meditation

A new study that was released today in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology has found that all a person would need to do is set aside a little less than 30 minutes each day to help lower and manage stress, especially for people who are surrounded and burdened by demanding tasks. This new study states that if a person were to spend about 25 minutes per day meditating, then that should be just enough to help a person mentally respond better to situations that induce stress.

Now that you’ve read that you may want to gradually increase your meditation time to 20 or 25 minutes. Don’t hurry this process unless you have prior experience. Just remember that anything you do to help you to unwind and stay happy is helping you!