1. Your bio on your website describes how your expertise in yoga, meditation and relaxation has allowed you to flourish and be happy in life.
How do you feel yoga or meditation can bring improvements in the lives of others?
Let’s begin with where we are in society. Many of today’s lifestyles create overstimulation and energetic fragmentation. We’re woefully addicted to digital devices which bombard us with constant “noise” and mental activity.RELATED: RECOMMENDED PLANS FOR YOU
We spend excessive amounts of time sitting and we live in our minds, our egos, and are not in touch with our body. We’re stuck in the challenges of everyday and we’ve lost contact with the expansiveness that we are.
We’ve stopped exploring our unmanifest potential.
As a result, people of all ages in our culture are suffering from obesity, diabetes, autoimmune diseases and a litany of mental issues from anxiety to depression.
Yoga and meditation return us to our essence and reconnect us in a way that integrates body and mind.
When you practice every day, you restore and renew physically and mentally.
You enter into a seemingly magical place of alignment which is necessary for your biological systems to function optimally. You feel content. You’re unperturbed by external matters and you accept that you are exactly where you are supposed to be.
The Integrative Yoga that I teach along with the Quantum Breath meditation guides a practitioner into a personal place of inner wisdom, power and optimal homeostasis. These practices reduce stress, encourage revitalizing forms of relaxation which accelerate healing and wellbeing.
2. How often and how long should people meditate for to feel the effects and benefits meditation can bring?
Regular practice is the key. Yogis recommend 20 minutes in the morning and 20 minutes in late afternoon EVERY day.
This would be ideal but for many of my clients it isn’t practical. Recent studies in the neurosciences show that even taking just a one-minute break every 90 minutes restores better brain function and provides more energetic balance.
I created a free audio which readers can download and use several times a day with good results. Connect with me on WatchFit to learn more about this.
3. Besides meditation or yoga, what is your favourite way to combat stress and anxiety? What would you recommend to readers?
I’m trained in such a range of modalities so I offer hundreds of strategies that can interrupt patterns of stress and anxiety very effectively.
Each of my clients has a different set of beliefs, values and priorities so I develop protocols that resonate specifically for someone’s unique needs and perspectives.
In general, the simplest method is to take a break from whatever is triggering the reaction and do something completely unrelated: take a walk in nature, or do some form of exercise, or call a friend just to see how they are doing.
Personally, one of my favorite stress relievers is playing competitive tennis. When I’m on the tennis court, I can only focus on what is in front of me and nothing else. All challenges disappear except the one I’m facing in my opponent!
4. You provide a plan called the Stress-Anxiety Buster, could you tell any readers suffering from anxiety or stress a little about the benefits and steps of this plan?
As I mentioned earlier, we often get trapped in patterns of behavior. For example, someone cuts us off in traffic and our automatic default is to get angry or irritated.
What if instead of focusing on the annoying situation, we shift our attention to our breathing and we blow out any aggravating thoughts.
After all, such a negative reaction serves no one and only hurts ourselves.
So to change that unproductive habit and create new positive habits takes a minimum of 21 days.
The Stress-Anxiety Buster teaches readers how to stop and interrupt those negative, depleting reactions with simple techniques. Day after day for 21 days, the reader is trained in these beneficial practices so they become assimilated into everyday life.
In this way, these become a more productive default behavior that relieves stress and anxiety and becomes the “normal” – and very positive – habit.
5. Anxiety is now being recognised as something of an epidemic. Why do you think this is? And, as an expert on combatting anxiety and stress, what tips or plans can you give to people suffering from this condition?
Unfortunately chronic stress is commonplace and it’s dangerous to our health. We live in a perpetual state of high alert which activates our built-in biological survival mechanism.
This stress response was intended for short bursts so hormones like cortisol and adrenaline could speed up our heart rates and pump energy into our limbs so we could run away from the predator.
But now the predator is within us and bubbles up in the form of disturbing thoughts and fears.
We deal with inner tensions of not being good enough or smart enough or thin enough. We face a constant state of lack and this relentless stress evolves into anxiety which essentially overloads our biological circuits.
The first step in combatting all forms of stress or anxiety is developing awareness so that you can recognize that you are in a danger zone.
You may need professional support if you feel overwhelmed and unable to cope with everyday tasks.
Alternatively, a good starting point would be to use the Stress-Anxiety Buster Plan or contact me directly for my Integrative Personal Coaching System which is a fast-track customized approach to becoming the best you.
Come back tomorrow for Peggy’s answers to five further questions in Part 2.
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