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Yoga and Mindfulness

Cubex Yoga Services

Yoga and mindfulness based cognitive therapy is generally practiced as a means of improving mental, emotional, cognitive and physical health and it is accessible to just about everybody. At Cubex, it is used to help to you reduce the negative psychological and cognitive effects of hearing loss and other audiological conditions. If appropriate for your individual needs it can be recommended as part of hearing loss, balance disorders and tinnitus treatment plans. Yoga and mindfulness at Cubex is also accessible to anyone who simply wants to learn how to slow down, clear the ‘mental-clutter’, achieve stillness and a calmer state of mind – essential for contributing to a healthy and happy brain.

Hearing Loss, Tinnitus and the Yoga Connection

 

Different yoga styles can benefit your brain and body in unique ways. There is a wealth of evidence that suggests that regular yoga practice can influence cognitive function, gene expression and immune response.

It can alter how we react to stress and reduce anxiety whilst improving overall quality of life. How you think and act on daily basis has a direct influence on the chemical composition of your brain. Regular mindful yoga practice is key for changing old negative habits and re-wiring our brain to learn new ways to react to life’s stressors. In addition, mindful breathing, muscle stretching and meditation all contribute to healthy cognitive function collectively and individually.

The benefits of practicing mindfulness and yoga is well documented.

These include:

  • Improved concentration
  • Sharper focus
  • Increased mental clarity
  • Reduced sleep disturbance
  • Reduced anxiety
  • Reduced depression
  • Reduced stress
  • Increased sense of well-being
  • Positive shifts in locus of control
  • Improved coping mechanisms
  • Improved balance
  • Improved attention and focus
  • Increased muscle relaxation
  • Increased energy levels
  • Production of the relaxation response
  • Enhanced daily happiness

 

Types of Yoga and Mindfulness sessions at Cubex

 

Sessions consist of either a pure mental focus aimed at empowering you with the tools to manage stress and improve mental control, concentration and clarity or as a full yoga practice involving movement through physical postures, breath control, ending with mindfulness meditation.

 

Brain Power Yoga

 

The routine is highly beneficial at nurturing mindfulness, sharpening concentration and fine-tuning movements within the body. In doing so, the mind is ‘worked’, having to apply itself to accurately placing and sensing different body parts, as well as ‘cleared’ from being immersed in a mindful hour and half long practice.

The first session starts with understanding you, your needs, your experience and physical capability.

This is followed by practicing physical yoga postures (asana) and challenging yourself both physically and mentally. How deep you go into asana at your initial session will depend on your individual experience and abilities. However, expect to see progression with each session.

The final focus is the practice of mindful breath control (pranayama). Deep breathing, muscle relaxation and cultivating a positive outlook are essential tools for achieving a calmer state of mind and a happier brain.

Duration: 75 mins
Fee: £150 per session

 

Find our more about our yoga and mindfulness therapy by contacting us

 

Mindfulness

 

The intention of Mindfulness is to train you to manage your mind. The modern mind is often bombarded with scattered thoughts, multiple distractions, anxiety and worry. We tend to function through life in an automated and reactive mode on a daily basis with little awareness.

Like Yoga, Mindfulness is a type of meditation that focuses on helping us achieve the ability to grow our awareness of the present and changing how we view things and how we relate to what is happening around us at that point in time with greater clarity. It is about looking inward and consciously focusing our attention on thoughts that exist in our awareness and acknowledging these thoughts non-judgmentally. It aims to gradually shift the way we think and to re-wire our minds to interact with situations more mindfully.

There are many types of Mindfulness Meditations. One example is the use of your breath as the point of focus to try to train your mind and to acknowledge any thoughts that arise non-judgmentally. Your breath, mind and body are all intertwined and connected. Our thoughts and emotions have a great impact on the fluidity and depth of our breath. When our thoughts and reactions to situations leaves us feeling stressed, anxious, frustrated or angry; the sympathetic branch of the autonomic nervous system triggers one of our most primitive physiological responses – the flight or fight response. This results in shorter, more rapid and shallow breathing. This also triggers our brain to release adrenaline thereby elevating the level of cortisol, also known as the primary stress hormone.

Fortunately, we can use our breath and attention to rewire our brains and positively influence our physiology, both mentally and physically. (2,3)Focused deep breathing activates the parasympathetic branch of the autonomic nervous system and reverses the stress response by eliciting the relaxation response – the opposite of the flight or fright response. The problem is, most of us do not breathe with enough depth or intent. Learning how to harness the power of your own breath and incorporating deep, mindful breathing techniques into your life for just a few minutes per day can have a tremendous impact on your cognitive health and your overall well-being.

Duration: 75min
Fee: £150 per session

 

What our customers say

Thank you so much for your email and of course the session. I now feel confident that I can do yoga and build up my balance, something that was quite an unthinkable notion until very recently. Yesterday I had all my body cells dancing, singing and giggling with joy, and had only 2 coffees to survive being awake for nearly 24hrs :)Margaret, London

 

Find our more about our yoga and mindfulness therapy by contacting us

 

References
(1) Harvard Medical School. Harvard Health Publications. Stress Management: Approaches for preventing and reducing stress. May 2009.

(2) The Chopra Center: Breathing for Life: The Mind-Body Healing Benefits of Pranayama (accessed April 2016)

(3) Harvard Medical School: Mind-body Genomics (accessed March 2016)

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