When We Surrender to the Moment

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For the most days we have the pleasure of guiding various Wellbeing Retreats here in Camiguin, Philippines. This means starting and ending the days with yoga, and having insightful meditation and Life Coaching in between.

Like always, every retreat teaches us something, every student makes us realize something new.

Usually the one, most important lesson that keeps coming back is about letting go. Of plans, of goals, of future as we hope it would unfold. I saw what happens, when we are fully in the moment, trusting that the next breath, or the breath after that, will bring us the clue to the next move or to the next thing to say. read more

What meditation does to your brain

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*This article, written by Kaisa Kapanen, first appeared on Yoga Time*

What meditation does to your brain? The benefits of meditation are well known. You get calmer, you can focus better, your stress levels are reduced and you can sleep better. But the benefits of meditation do not end there. This seemingly simple exercise of closing the eyes and tuning inwards can actually make lasting physical changes in your body. Specifically, it can literally change your brain!

What is Meditation

Let’s get one thing straight first. Meditation is not about thinking about nothing, or trying to quiet the mind so that there are absolutely no thoughts. Rather, meditation is about training the mind to focus, it’s about gaining awareness about the thoughts, and creating some distance between you and your thoughts. When you can observe your thoughts, and observe the reactions you have to your thoughts, you are getting to the point. read more