Is mindfulness the new buzzword for 2013?

by Melissa West on January 17, 2013

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One of my students just sent me this article from the Windsor Star on Mindfulness
saying that Mindfulness is the new buzzword to watch out for in 2013.

Mindfulness allows you to shut out the buzz and achieve mental clarity.
It allows your to de-clutter your mind and make room for mental creativity.
Mindfulness is nothing new to us here at Namaste Yoga.
We did a whole series on mindfulness this past summer called Keepin it Real Yogi Style.
Here is a playlist to the seven classes of that yoga series on my YouTube channel that I’ll link to in my show notes.

Some of the more interesting neuroscience discoveries in the research of mindfulness from this article have revealed that:

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) is recommended by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence for preventing relapse in patients with recurrent depression, and is successful in half of all cases. Mindfulness has been shown to help those suffering from depression to manage their emotions better and dwell less on negative memories and feelings.

The practice of mindfulness has been shown to calm the body down, reduce levels of the stress hormone corti-sol and even reduce the size of grey matter in the amygdala.

By contrast, the amount of grey matter in those areas of the brain associated with attention, memory and empathy appears to have increased in those who have practised mindfulness exercises.

Additionally mindfulness practices seemed to help reduce anxiety and increase confidence in students.


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