Take a deep breath and relax. We can’t right now, because we’re too excited about Spa Week’s Spa & Wellness Challenge! We are so happy to see people taking the initiative to dedicate a few minutes every day to taking care of themselves. Om my goodness! The Yoga Team is relaxing their way to wellness with famous yogi Elena Brower. Elena is leading the Yoga Team and she’s challenging her team to take care of their mind by meditating for 5 minutes every day. Elena feels that meditation is about “cultivating more alertness and better listening, so you can be a better parent, partner, sibling, friend, employee, and overall person.” Who doesn’t want to be a better version of themselves?
“When you take 5 minutes out of your day to mediate, you should actively pause, sit, and observe your breathing in order to make some space in your body, heart and mind. Meditation for me is just about cultivating more alertness, better listening, so I can be a better Mama, daughter, sister, partner, woman.
My current practice: I just sit and simply watch my breathing rise and fall. Sometimes I do 5 minutes, as I’m recommending here; sometimes I’ll stay for 11 minutes. If I sense a tightness somewhere in my body, I breathe there. If I sense it in my heart, as doubt or sadness, I breathe there. If I see a thought passing through my mind, I breathe there. I love to breathe right into the center of my brain and make more space – right there in the midpoint of my actual brain – super soothing. Try it. I love to feel what happens in my eyes when I do that. Science has proven it out time and time again: one recent meditation study on cancer patients has shown ‘large and significant improvements in mindfulness, depression, distress and trend for quality of life,’ which speaks volumes.
At the end of each sitting, take just one extra minute — note down any resistance as well as any other observations, in your body, your heart or your mind. This seems to be the best way for me to stay with a practice that has meaning and value for me. It isn’t a prescription, it’s a guideline for you to begin your own process of sorting out what works for you, and making it your priority.” — Elena Brower
Elena’s Yoga Challenge:
Meditate for 5 minutes every day
So far it’s a close race, but there will only be four lucky winners of a $1,000 Spa & Wellness Gift Card by Spa Week, although everyone will win improved health and wellness as a consolation prize!
So far here are our favorite and top-voted submissions from The Yoga Team:
Niki: “This definitely helps reduce stress!”