Yoga Meditation Helps Calm The Minds Of Students

Yoga meditation can improve the physical body as well as expand the mind and spirit. More college students are dealing with their stress by using yoga and meditation as a part of their daily routine. At Illinois State University, Lauren DeSalvo writing for the Daily Vidette prepared an article highlighting yoga and meditation techniques being used by students to enable them to manage their stress.

Yoga Meditation Helps Calm The Minds Of Students

The easy weeks of school are over, and as the semester moves forward, the demands of classes can start to be overwhelming;

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however, meditation can relieve the stress.

According to the Mayo Clinic, meditation was originally to help deepen the understanding of the sacred forces of life and has been practiced for thousands of years. Now it is used for relaxation and stress reduction.

Guided meditation, or visualization, uses mental images of places or situations that are relaxing and tries to evoke as many senses as possible. Mantra meditation uses a word, thought or phrase that is repeated to prevent distracting thoughts.

Transcendental meditation uses a mantra to narrow conscious awareness, eliminate all thought from the mind and achieve a state of perfect stillness and consciousness.

Mindfulness meditation is based on broadening conscious awareness and acceptance of living in the present moment. It helps to let go of the past and release anxiety about the future.
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Yoga meditation can be practiced any number of ways, so long as it is appropriate and suitable for the practitioner. Gaining control over the stress in their lives can provide students, or anyone for that matter, valuable mental and emotional tools to deal with the unknowns in life, which by definition are stressful. I’m very glad to see that yoga and meditation are being used by more and more young people, especially young adults preparing to fully join the world.

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Yoga has a sly, clever way of short circuiting the mental patterns that cause anxiety.                     —   Baxter Bell

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