Mindfulness Meditation in Practice: The Neurobiology of Mindfulness

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Mindfulness, mindfulness meditation, or even meditation are all terms that are thrown around a lot in the media. But what is mindfulness meditation? Mindfulness meditation describes a concept that involves concentration, being aware of the present moment, and an overall transformation in how we use our minds. Mindfulness meditation practices are being incorporated into all aspects of life. Schools, chronic pain treatment programs, even the military is utilizing mindfulness meditation as a way of calming the body, decreasing stress, and strengthening the brain. Mindfulness techniques like … [Read more...]

Mindfulness, Meditation, and Integrative Relaxation


It is easy to get lost in time dwelling on the past (what happened, what should have or could have happened) or worrying about the future (what's going to happen).  When we get caught up in the past or future, we are not able to enjoy NOW.  We believe one key to living life joyfully is finding the delicate balance of mindfully staying present in the moment while also keeping the bigger picture in mind. Mindfulness basically refers to the ability to stay present and aware of each moment without judgment, fear, regret, or anxiety.  Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction … [Read more...]

Yoga Resolution: Study Proves Positive Effects on Mood


A recent study by the Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) found that yoga has a more positive impact on mood, including reduced anxiety and depression, than other forms of exercise.  The study included two randomized groups of approximately 35 individuals who were assigned to participate in either one hour of yoga or walking three times a week.  Those who participated in yoga demonstrated significantly increased brain gamma aminobutyric (GABA) levels.  Individuals with low GABA levels have been found to exhibit depression and anxiety related issues.  Participants were also asked to … [Read more...]