Lockdown has taken us away from our busy lives but just being on our own for so long can be stressful.
Meditation is a great way to reduce stress and has many benefits, both physical and spiritual, for older people. Here are the top 5:
Improved memory and cognitive ability: Meditation stimulates the Hippocampus and front lobe of the brain, both important for recognition, storing memories and creating new ones.
Focus and alertness: stimulating the brain leads to greater awareness and concentration. Meditation can be more beneficial for our minds than doing a crossword or other puzzles.
Sleep – a relaxed body and mind leads to a better night’s sleep
Digestion – deep, controlled breathing improves circulation and sends more oxygenated blood to the vital organs
Physical pain – by concentrating on your breathing, you shift your focus away from pain. Meditation can also release endorphins, the body’s natural pain relievers. Meditation has been shown to reduce chronic pain such as low back pain.
Meditation and yoga go hand in hand and The Shala London, based in West Norwood, offers the opportunity to experience both, as well as a range of other therapies. The centre is running virtual classes only at the moment but you will soon, hopefully, be able to visit and talk to a member of staff about what might be best suited to you. In the meantime, you can see their menu of online classes here. You might find that their Sleep & Dream Yoga is a good place to start.