Health: Rachael Finch shares her tips for mindfulness
The Body of Dance founder shares her tips for mindfulness
Meditation helps me focus and allows me to set my intentions for the day. It can also help reduce stress and anxiety. My online health and wellness program, B.O.D (Body of Dance), teaches the importance of mindfulness with meditations and sleep visualisations. To help you focus and encourage beautiful days, here are three meditations.
THE ABDOMINAL BREATHING TECHNIQUE
If you have a work presentation, or perhaps you have to talk in front of an audience, this meditation is fabulous. Start with your hand on your chest and your other hand on your tummy. Take a deep breath in through your nose and let the diaphragm (not your chest) inflate with enough air to expand your lungs. Try to take six to 10 deep, slow breaths per minute for up to 10 minutes.
I practise this meditation if I can’t sleep and my mind won’t switch off. This technique helps to reduce stress and tension in the body. Begin by closing your eyes and focusing on tensing and relaxing each muscle group for two to three seconds. Start with your feet and toes, then move up to the knees, thighs, butt, chest, arms, hands, neck, jaw and eyes. Remember to take deep, slow breaths.
I love this one! This is another one for bedtime. It helps me unwind after a stressful day. To start, inhale for a count of four, then exhale for a count of four – only breathe through your nose and keep your mouth closed. If you find this easy (or hard) you can change the count, just make sure you inhale and exhale for the same number of seconds.