Yoga 101: Methods of yoga for beginners

Those  who are new to yoga (and those who’ve been practicing for a longer duration), there are a lot of different yoga styles to understand what they are. Read further to understand a bit more about the different styles and what benefits they can offer you, so that you can understand the know how’s of what’s what in a class. Remember, each style will be different depending on the teacher so it’s also great to try a few until you find the teachers and classes that you love.

Try to understand that Yoga is not about clicking pictures while posing, but its an internal practice to prepare your body for meditation.

The Great enlightened master Patanjali was the great inner scientist of the inner world and founder of the system of yoga. Patanjali codified, or compiled in a systematic way, the art and science of Yoga in the Yoga Sutras. The Yoga Sutras succinctly outlines the art and science of Yoga for Self-Realisation. Patanjali is known as the ‘Father of Yoga’ because every yoga system, in the thousands of systems that are available today all over the world have their roots in Patanjali’s teachings.The methods described in the Yoga Sutras were being practiced as early as 3000 B.C.

The basics

In yoga, we need to bring our attention to the breath and focus inward. It is essentially an exercise connecting the breath to our mind and physical movement (body ) and the spirit. The Asanas ( postures) and postures such as sun salutations are evident across all styles. If you haven’t yet done yoga, then its always better to join classes of each styles and then asses what works for you the best. Try to attend a class for at least 12 sessions to understand and feel the changes within you. Because remember ‘ Once is not enough’ ( read the article to understand why )

Hatha

Hatha yoga is the perfect practice to start with. It is a series of simple and gentle asanas which are more static than some other styles such as Ashtanga or Vinyasa. These lengthen and strengthen the body and are designed to open physical self, improve flexibility, build self-esteem, release emotional turmoil and expand your sense of self-awareness and connection with your body. In this amazing stye of yoga, eyes can be kept closed to reduce distraction and help you be present in the moment. You can Get in touch With Namratha @Nikaya Yoga. We host this style of yoga @ 1000 Petals, Indiranagar, Bangalore.

Vinyasa Flow

Vinyasa Flow classes flow continuously through basic yoga poses. The style is flowing and fluid. It connects the breath to movement and is designed to improve flexibility, strength and mindfulness. Vinyasa is the perfect style to choose if you have been practicing Hatha yoga and are looking for something more energetic. The difference between Vinyasa Flow and Ashtanga is that Vinyasa Flow doesn’t follow the same sequence of postures while Ashtanga does.

Yin

In Yin yoga, you move slowly through the asanas (postures) holding them for extended periods of time. By doing so, you turn your focus inwards, breathing deeply and meditating in pose. Yin yoga classes often use props such as blocks and blankets to support you in your poses. It’s the perfect choice to de-stress, reduce anxiety and recharge. Our Yin classes always finish with a short meditation to restore your focus and leave you feeling refreshed and in tune with your mind and body.   Get in touch with our friend Sanjana at Nikaya Yoga to book yourself a class at Smriti Nandan, Palace road Bangalore.

Ashtanga

Ashtanga is a faster practice of set postures flowing from one to another with strength and grace. The original flow practice from India, other similar styles, such as Vinyasa Flow (above) and Power Yoga are influenced and inspired from this traditional method. Ashtanga follows a fixed number of postures, carried out in the same order, focusing on connecting the breath (pranayama) to the movement (vinyasa). Due to the fast-paced nature of the style and the deep focus on the breath, it can be a challenging practice for those not familiar with it, however, it’s incredibly rewarding and improves your strength and stamina. 

Iyengar – Based on the teachings of the Master Yogi B.K.S Iyengar, this style of practice is most concerned with bodily alignment. In yoga, the word alignment is used to describe the precise way in which your body should be positioned in each pose in order to obtain the maximum benefits and avoid injury. Iyengar practice usually emphasizes holding poses over long periods versus moving quickly from one pose to the next (flow). Also, Iyengar practice encourages the use of props, such as yoga blankets, blocks and straps, in order to bring the body into alignment.

Sivananda – The first Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center was founded in 1959 by Swami Vishnu-devananda, a disciple of Swami Sivananda. There are now close to 80 locations worldwide, including several ashram retreats. Sivananda yoga is based upon five principles: Proper exercise (Asana, focusing on 12 poses in particular); Proper breathing (Pranayama); Proper relaxation (Savasana); Proper diet (Vegetarian); Positive thinking (Vedanta) and meditation (Dhyana). Get In touch with our friend @alk Esh to understand more about the same.

Power Yoga – is a general term used in the West to describe a vigorous, fitness-based approach to vinyasa-style yoga. Though many consider it to be “gym yoga,” this style of practice was originally closely modeled on the Ashtanga method. The term came into common usage in the mid-1990s from USA born Bender Birchin, a qualified Ashtanga yoga teacher, to make Ashtanga yoga more accessible to western students, though, unlike Ashtanga, power yoga does not follow a set series of poses, so classes can vary widely. With its emphasis on strength and flexibility, power yoga brought yoga into the gyms of America, as people began to see yoga as a way to work out. (Please understand that you should be practicing this style only after 6 months of traditional yoga practice)

Restorative yoga

Restorative yoga is a gentle and slow-paced style with a focus on helping you relax, recharge and restore your mind and body. Incorporated within the style is deep breathing, relaxation techniques and light poses. It’s a beautiful style to help you de-stress and achieve a sense of balance. You’ll come away feeling calm and light in both mind and body.

The yoga styles we’ve outlined are the most prevalent styles. The most important tip is just to start. Book into a class and discover how the experience feels. You’ll experience the greatest benefits when practicing consistently. So don’t give up after one class, continue on with your practice to really understand how it can improve your everyday life and overall wellbeing.

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Documentaries that raise your consciousness Part 1

We at 1000 Petals are always on a journey to raise your consciousness and vibrations to enhance your being.

Here are top ten documentaries that will help you in your journey.

Here is a playlist containing all of the free documentaries we recommend for the expansion and evolution of consciousness. Are there any others you think should be added to this playlist? Are there any you think should be removed? Why? Feel free to voice your opinion.

No.10) Spiritual Reality Power of meditation

No.09) A virus Called Fear

No. 08) Kymatica

 

No. 07)  Consciousness Mechanics: The Movie

 

No.06)  The Primacy of Consciousness – Graphic reproduction

 

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Documentaries that raise your consciousness Part 2

And the top 5 list of the bestConsciousness documentaries Continues ….

No.05) One – Peter Russell – Reflections on Oneness

No.04) Beyond Our Sight – documentary

No.03) The Story Of Earth And Life

No.02) DMT: The Spirit Molecule (2010)

No.01) Inner Worlds, Outer Worlds

Have fun over the weekend friends….  And do let us know your comments, thoughts on the same
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Attract Abundance Now!!!

Everything in the universe is linked, including nature and individual people. Universal laws operate at all times, affecting all things. The universe intends for everyone to have the best possible outcomes, whether this is happiness, achievements or material abundance. The goal is for people to live a fulfilling and satisfying life.

  1. Have Clear Intentions

Work out in which areas of life you want to start receiving abundance. You must be clear about your goals and have a strong wish to make it happen. Motivation and determination are key aspects. Set your intentions in clear and positive terms. You can focus on any area of your life, but it is perhaps better to focus on one area at a time to prevent confusion.

  1. Think Positively

Like attracts like, so positive thoughts will attract positive outcomes. Similarly though, negative thoughts will attract negative outcomes.

Negative feelings act as a block and prevent abundance. Fear, anxiety, stress, pessimism, sadness, jealousy and resentment can all stop people from receiving abundance. It is vital that these feelings are released in order to attract abundance in any form. Meditation can help to focus on the present, which in turn can help people to rid themselves of negative feelings and have a more positive outlook on life.

  1. Use Visualisations

Visualise vividly how your life will be with the things you desire. Imagine having them right now, in the present moment. Picture yourself clearly, allow yourself to really feel having them.

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  1. Use Affirmations

Use affirmations to keep your desires focused. Repeat them on a regular basis. Believe that your dreams have already been realised when you say your affirmations. Perhaps write down your thoughts on post it notes and place them in prominent places around your home to constantly remind you of your positive wishes.

  1. Do Not Think About the “How”

Do not think about how you want things to happen. This can limit the ways that the universe works to create reality. Instead, focus on the end result and leave the how to greater forces.

  1. Do Not Set a Time Frame

Do not set a time limit for abundance to manifest. Set your intention, keep that intention, and know that it will happen at the right time. Keep an open mind about when and how your dreams will be realised.

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  1. Be Generous

Think about ways that you can give something to the world without expecting anything in return. Sending out the impression of abundance creates a sense of existing abundance that will attract like back to you. Expect to receive in return, although not explicitly from the source that you gave to. You can give money, perhaps by making a charitable donation. You can help someone in need, for example by giving directions to somebody who is lost in an unfamiliar town. You could show love, kindness and compassion to someone in distress. There are many ways that you can give.

Do not break the flow of abundance. Instead of keeping a tight hold on anything that you receive, allow some to pass on to others. Be generous with the world and the world will be generous with you.

  1. Take Positive Action

Take positive action to help your dreams come true. If you see opportunities, chase them. Yu cannot just sit back and expect things to just happen; some input from you is required. Life will present opportunities which you must seize and pursue.

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  1. Have Self-Belief

Really believe deep inside that you can achieve anything that you intend to achieve. Have confidence and an unwavering will.

  1. Show Gratitude

Stop focusing on what you perceive to be lacking and be grateful for what you actually do have right now. Also, be grateful for all that you do receive. Do not forget to say thank you and express sincere gratitude.

  1. Look for Coincidences

Pay close attention to seemingly coincidental events; there are no coincidences and everything happens for a reason. You must learn to interpret and act on things that present to you.

  1. Allow Yourself to Receive

Do not resist things from happening. Stay in a state of allowing. Adopt an attitude that allows you to receive things.

 

 

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The MOST effective technique for meditation

Meditation is a practice where an individual trains the mind or induces a mode of consciousness, either to realise some benefit or for the mind to simply acknowledge its content without becoming identified with that content or as an end in itself.

Its Simple and easy… but generally it is us who complicate things for ourselves dwelling into too much knowledge. We read umpteen number of books on meditation and all the books have many different techniques. And now, the mind starts complicating things and starts thinking that this is right and that wrong.

Remember, Meditation is absolute relaxation and not Concentration.

Here is where the Talk should stop and meditation should begin.

Follow these instructions and let us know how you feel after your first ever Meditation with us :

1. Sitting upright or lying down, place your hands on your belly.

2. Slowly breathe in, expanding your belly, to the count of five.

3. Pause.

4. Slowly breathe out to the count of six.

5. Work your way up to practicing this pattern for 10 to 20 minutes a day.

6. Let the thoughts come and go… if you forget to breathe this way and the thought becomes more prominent, Don’t feel guilty… Simply return back to breathing

There is nothing More …

Still Inquisitive?

To Map your brain to achieve deepest states of meditation, you can also Try the Lucia Light Machine And the Float Therapy at 1000 Petals, Bangalore INDIA

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Lucia N03 : Illuminate from within

Have you  heard of this evolutionary light technology that helps you reach a deep sense of meditation? … Which takes you as deep as expert meditators who have meditated 15 to 20 years? or you are completely new to words like ‘hypnagogic light experience’ and ‘lucid light therapy.’?  Well here is your break down on what the lucia light machine, its  benefits and what to expect from it.

What is Lucia Light Therapy?

 Lucia Light is a neurostimulator that combines flickering light with a constant light. This computer-controlled machine layers the lights by combining different speeds, frequencies and intensities to guide your experience. There are 8 LEDs And one halogen lamp in the centre of the Lucia Light machine .

How does Lucia Light Therapy work?

The light triggers the extremely important, pineal gland, cleansing it with photon energy of the light to produce mind-activating hormones that help enhance creativity, influences circadian rhythms and production of melatonin. Records and studies show that the viewer experiences a sense of deep relaxation and high level of concentration while undergoing the therapy.

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What is the Pineal Gland and why does it need stimulation?

The Pineal gland is a small, pea sized gland located in the center of the human brain. ask a few doctors and they say its a dormant gland… WRONG!!! Its functions in fact include: regulating hormonal, reproductive and sleep cycles, while also creating and releasing Dimethyltryptamine (DMT). DMT is integral to our visionary experiences, psychic and dreams. On a spiritual level, the Pineal is believed to be the ‘third eye’ gateway to the higher consciousness and  awakening psychic senses. The Ajna Chakra in the Hindu Mythology, better known as a Third Eye is not mystical but intact a reality.

Unfortunately there are things in our every day lives that calcify and affect the functionality of the Pineal gland. By the time of adulthood; fluoride, mercury, refined food, pesticides, sugar, alcohol, tobacco and coffee contribute to calcification of the gland.

The regular cleansing of the Pineal gland is extremely important for us human beings as it improves our focus, concentration and lets us peak into the DNA of the soul. Working with the Pineal gland has shown amazing amazing results

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What can you expect from Lucia Light?

The nature of the light is that every experience is different as it activates a transcendental experience and triggers the same positive effects as playing sport, using entheogenic substances or near-death experiences. It is most effective when the participant goes in with an open, relaxed mind with no expectations. Every person and experience is different depending on the setting used and individual’s mindset.

Benefits of Lucia Light:

  • Rapid and sustained, deep sense of relaxation
  • Increased learning capacity and performance
  • Intense feelings of happiness
  • Enhanced creativity
  • Deep emotions
  • Spiritual experiences
  • Activation of the Pineal (third eye)
  • Helps improve quality of sleep
  • Supercharges and stimulates the brain
  • Enhances mood
  • Increases ability to concentrate
  • Supplements other therapies
  • May help increase effectiveness and shorten a course of therapy

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Is Lucia Light safe?

Lucia is safe for participants as it is a low voltage central halogen light with eight LED lights. The eyes should remain closed at all times throughout the therapy for a more full, undisturbed experience. Lucia is not recommended for those sensitive to light, recent eye surgeries or individuals that experience epilepsy.

What conditions does Lucia Light help?

The range of light therapy uses are limitless as it stimulates the brain to heal the body and induces a deep sense of relaxation. Lucia is particularly used to help the following conditions:

  • Mood disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • PTSD
  • Tumours
  • Compulsive and mental disorders
  • Insomnia

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Why do we offer Lucia Light Therapy at 1000 Petals?

1000 Petals began 6 months ago as a healing centre and ever since we have offered alternative therapies like the floatation tank and other meditative techniques to our visitors that want to grow spiritually, heal and reconnect with themselves and nature. As a centre in the heart of Bangalore city, you no more need to take long retreats to starts meditating. The meditation is always with you and you need to practice regularly to enhance your self and to become Reflective and not reactive.

To support you throughout this journey of betterment we have designed a few 45 days tailor made courses for you

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The Seven Scientific Theories of float Therapy

Floating is commonly referred to as Floatation Therapy or Sensory Deprivation. It involves lying in a pod with 10 inches of water containing a highly concentrated Epsom salt solution (600kg of magnesium sulphate) which creates the buoyancy for you to float effortlessly. The water is heated to your skin temperature so after a while the sensation of your body dissolves and you feel weightless.

The Float Pod is both sound and light proof which gives your brain the chance to disconnect from the constant bombardment of sensory input and enhance your ability to be cognitive, mindful and introspective. The Epsom salt solution contains essential minerals that leave you feeling deeply relaxed and vibrant as the tension in your body melts away and your body releases amazing energy. There is simply no other technology or environment that can stimulate these evolutionary effects.

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1. THE ANTIGRAVITY EXPLANATION

The buoyancy afforded by the dense Epsom salt solution eliminates the body’s specific gravity, bringing the floater close to an experience of total weightlessness. Gravity, which has been estimated to occupy 90 percent of all central nervous system activity, is probably the single largest cause of human health problems – the bad backs, sagging abdomens, aching feet, painful joints, and muscular tension that result from our unique but unnatural upright posture. This theory asserts that, by freeing our brain and skeletal system from gravity, floating liberates vast amounts of energies and large areas of the brain to deal with matter of mind, spirit, and enhanced awareness of internal states.

2. THE BRAIN WAVE EXPLANATION

More interesting than the well known alpha waves generated by the brain in moments of relaxation, are the slower theta waves, which are accompanied by vivid memories, free association, sudden insights, creative inspiration, feeling of serenity and oneness with the universe. It is a mysterious, elusive state, potentially highly productive and enlightening; but experimenters have had a difficult time studying it, and it is hard to maintain, since people tend to fall asleep once they begin generate theta waves. One way of learning to produce theta waves is to perfect the art of meditation. A study of Zen monks conducted by Akira Kazamatsu and Tomio Hirai, in which the monks’ brain-waves were charted as they entered the meditative states, indicated that the four meditative plateau’s (from alpha to the more sublime theta) “were parallel to the disciples’ mental states, and their years spent in Zen training.” Those monks with over twenty years of meditative experience generated the greatest amount of theta, the monks were not asleep but mentally alert. However, since many of us are unwilling to spend twenty years of mediation to learn to generate theta waves, it’s helpful to know that several recent studies (at Texas A&M and the University at Colorado) have shown that floating increases production of theta waves. Floaters quickly enter the theta state while remaining awake, consciously aware of all the vivid imagery and creative thoughts that pass through their minds, and after getting out of the flotation environment, floaters continue to generate larger amounts of creativity-promoting theta waves for up to three weeks.

 

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3. THE LEFT-BRAIN RIGHT-BRAIN EXPLANATION

The two hemispheres or the neocortex operate in fundamentally different modes. The left hemisphere excels at detail, processing information that is small-scale, requiring fine resolution: it operates analytically, by splitting or dissection. The right hemisphere on the other hand, is good at putting all the pieces together. It operates by pattern recognition – visually, intuitively rapidly absorbing large scale information. Just as in the sunshine of a bright day it is impossible to see the stars, so are the subtle contents of the right hemisphere usually drowned out by the noisy chattering of the dominant verbal/analytical left brain, whose qualities are the more cultivated and valued in our culture. But recent research indicates that floating increases right-brain (or minor hemisphere) function. Floating turns off the external stimuli, plunges us into literal and figurative darkness – then suddenly the entire universe of stars and galaxies is spread out before our eyes. Or as brain researcher Dr. Thomas Budzynski of the University of Colorado put it, “In a flotation environment, the right hemisphere comes out and says, ‘Whoopee”.

 

 

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4. THE THREE BRAIN EXPLANATION.

In a series of seminal studies produced over the last twenty-five years, Paul MacLean, chief brain researcher at the National Institute for Mental Health (US), has produced convincing evidence that the human brain has three separate physiological layers, each corresponding to a stage in our evolutionary history. In this “Triune Brain Theory,” the most ancient layer is called the reptile brain, and it controls basic self-preservative, reproductive and life sustaining functions. Sitting atop the reptile, brain is the iambic system, which MacLean had dubbed the visceral brain, because generates all our emotions. The most recent part of the brain to develop is the “thinking cap” of convoluted gray matter called neocortex, seat of our abstract, cognitive functions; memory, intellect, language, and consciousness. While many of these three separate brains have overlapping functions they are all quite different in chemistry, structure, action, and style. Three brains should be better than one, but unfortunately, due to a ruinous design error, there is insufficient communication and coordination between the neocortex and the two older levels. This lack of communication results in a chronic dissociation between the higher and lower brains, which MacLean calls schizaphysiology, and which we experience in the form of conflicting drives – unconscious and conscious, savage and civilized, lusty and loving, ritualistic and symbolic, rational and verbal. There are times when the levels do act in harmony, as in peak experiences when body and mind unite in exhilarating moments of vitality, when our actions come effortlessly, spontaneously. But it’s hard to predict when these perfect moments will occur. Now there is evidence that suggests that, due to heightened internal awareness and decreased physical arousal, floating increases the vertical organization of the brain, enhancing communication and harmony between the separate levels. Floating, it has been hypothesized, can provide us with peak experiences almost at will.

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5. THE NEUROCHEMICAL EXPLANATION

Neuroscientists have recently discovered the brain is an endocrine organ that secretes numerous neurochemicals which influence our behavior. Our brains secrete hormones that make us happy, anxious, depressed, shy, sleepy, sexy. Each of us creates different amounts of these various neurochemicals, and those who create, for example, more endorphins – natural opiates – experience more pleasure as a result of a given experience than those who create fewer endorphins. Tests indicate that floating increased the secretion of endorphins at the same time as it reduces the levels of a number of stress-related neurochemicals, such as adrenaline, nordpinephrine, ACTH, and cortisol – substances that can cause tension, anxiety, irritability, and are related to ailments such as heart disease, hypertension and high levels of cholesterol. One other neurochemical theory is the “return of the womb” explanation. Since pregnant women produce up to eight times the normal endorphin levels, the foetus experiences true prenatal bliss. When a floater is suspended in the dense, warm solution, enclosed in darkness, body pulsing rhythmically and brain pumping out endorphins, it’s possible that subconscious memories are stirred and profoundly deep associations called up. It is no coincidence that at least one commercial float center is named “The Womb Room.”

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6. THE BIOFEEDBACK EXPLANATION

Because of biofeedback research (including Johns Hopkin’s researcher John Basmajian’s conclusive study of subjects consciously firing off single motor-unit neurons), we now know that humans can learn to exercise conscious control over virtually every cell in their bodies. Processes long thought to be involuntary, such as the rhythm and amplitude of our brain waves, healing, blood pressure, the rate or force of heart contractions, respiratory rate, smooth-muscle tension, and the secretion of hormones and neurotransmitters are now thought to be controllable. The way biofeedback machines work is by enhancing concentration’, by focusing on a single, subtle change in the body, which is being amplified by the machine, we are able to shut off our awareness of the external environment. This shutting-off of external stimuli is exactly what the flotation environment does best – almost as if in an “organic” biofeedback machine, in the tank every physical sensation is magnified, and because there is no possibility of outside distraction, we are able to relax deeply and focus at will upon any part or system of the body.

 

7. THE HOMEOSTASIS EXPLANATION

The human body has an exquisitely sensitive self-monitoring and self-regulating system that is constantly working to maintain the body in homeostasis – an optimal state of balance, harmony, equilibrium and stability. Considered in these terms, we can define stress as a disruption of our internal equilibrium, a disturbance of our natural homeostasis. Research now indicates that many of floating’s most powerful effects come from its tendency to return the body to a state of homeostasis. When we view the mind and body as a single system, it becomes clear that external stimuli are constantly militating against the system’s equilibrium, every noise, every degree of temperature above or below the body’s optimal level, every encounter with other people, everything we see and feel can disrupt our homeostasis. But when we enter the tank, we abruptly stop making constant adjustments to outer stimuli. Since there are no external threats, no pressures to adapt to outside events, the system can devote all its energies to restoring itself. The normal state, of course, is health, vigour, enthusiasm, and immense pleasure in being alive.

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Why Floatation therapy works better after 3 floats?

So you’ve just started floating? Great! Welcome aboard.

If you’re yet to hop in the tank, the first float is always a strange experience, and one that often requires time to fully acclimatise to.

You are essentially putting your body and mind in a situation they’ve never experienced before; one where all senses are cut off, and all reference points in the physical world have been removed. Not to mention, you’re submerging your body in saltwater a hundred times denser than the salt water you’ll get at the beach; it’s all completely alien.

For many first-time floaters, the biggest hurdle to overcome is allowing your mind to embrace this strangeness. Focus on your breathing. Allow your body to completely relax, and your head to flop totally back on its shoulders. Once you do, your breathing will slow, your heart-rate will drop, and your mind will clear. If this doesn’t happen the first time, don’t be put off! Like anything, it just takes some people longer than others to get used to the environment you’re putting yourself in.

You might find a slight ache in your neck and shoulders after your first and second floats. Don’t be alarmed; the stress-free environment of the Epsom salt water allows your muscles to totally relax and adopt completely natural positions, with all of your body weight dispersed through the salt water around you. This ache is just the result of relieving muscle tension. Think of it like a massage without a masseuse!

By your third float, your body should start to acclimatise to the circumstances. But why does it take this long? Okay, here’s the science: the complete sensory deprivation of a float tank has a profound effect on the amygdala in your brain. These are the parts responsible for regulating your senses, muscles and – crucially – emotions.

The lack of stimulation of the amygdala causes a drop in the production of cortisol – commonly known as the stress response hormone. Whenever you feel fear, stress, agitation or anxiety, that’s all down to that pesky cortisol.

 

But like any other form of meditation, remembering the lyrics to a song or learning to play an instrument, floating can take your brain a little while to get used to things. Remember: you are throwing the most powerful muscle your body has in at the deep end (alright, shallow end), so allow the old girl a little patience!

Repetition is key, and floating regularly – by which we mean at the same time of day, on the same day in your schedule each week or month – will help your brain get into its own routine of expecting to wind itself down as soon as you step through the 1000Petals‘ doors.

The more you float, the quicker it happens, and the stronger the benefits become.

For this specific purpose we at 1000 Petals have designed an incredible 45 days intensive program for you.

These programs are directed for your Specific needs. You might be on a spiritual journey, might be a high stress level Manager, or a sports performer; you will be directed by our facilitators to achieve your goals and targets.

Here is the link of the specific programs http://www.1000petals.in/packages.html

Till then Keep Floating

Because once is not enough

 

Because once is not enough…

The world we live in… a capitalist consumer culture where everyone is looking for profits… everything seems to be done for profits and instant gratification. Remember the time you first learnt to cycle or swim??? remember how uncomfortable it was ? you fell, got up nearly drowned but still kept kicking because you wanted to learn … how to … there was always a curiosity and a fighting urge to venture into the unknown… to learn new things and work for it…

over the years things changed!!! we started becoming busy… unnecessarily busy… new TV channels came in… filled your brain with information!!! then came computers and the internet… more information!!! then the smart phone revolution… even more Information!!! We got busy with work, fell victims to the ” Apply this cream and become fair in ten days !!” ” Use this pill and lose weight in 6 days!!!” “use this Deo and Immediately attract women !!!” ” Healthy food now make in 2 Minutes”

before we used to open our encyclopaedias to find out things omnipresent in this world… We now just Google it and voila!!! we have suddenly become experts!!

These constant Immediate Gratification frequencies turn our brains tunes into something that i call ” Instant relief by buying”

This destructive habit of ours tends to make us think that everything is instant and we don’t have to practice or learn a thing we adapt…

funnily after a while we come to know that nothing is a short cut and we begin to understand that in this time of Instant gratification we have left two things behind… Patience and Practice

There is nothing wrong in reaching somewhere faster than you are supposed to… achieve your goals faster, be at more peace, being sharper in your decision making, support your actions with words more decisively, attain nirvana and everything …. of course you should be doing all this constantly…

But it will and always need three things… Passion,  practice, Patience…

So, People when you Come to float with us here at 1000 Petals, we would always recommend you to choose wisely and show that patience and practice with your meditative practices… Remember that like everything, a #floatation therapy doesn’t work instantly… it works of course… but there is way more beyond it…  a vast universe lies within you to explore… giving you answers to all your problems, Giving you a perspective about the Power of Now!!!

Exactly the reason we 1000 Petals have decided to offer a continuous flow and practice of what you begin…

Just Because once is not enough…

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Meditation for Beginners: 20 Practical Tips for Understanding the Mind

The most important habit I’ve formed in the last 10 years of forming habits is meditation. Hands down, bar none.

Meditation has helped me to form all my other habits, it’s helped me to become more peaceful, more focused, less worried about discomfort, more appreciative and attentive to everything in my life. I’m far from perfect, but it has helped me come a long way.

Probably most importantly, it has helped me understand my own mind. Before I started meditating, I never thought about what was going on inside my head — it would just happen, and I would follow its commands like an automaton. These days, all of that still happens, but more and more, I am aware of what’s going on. I can make a choice about whether to follow the commands. I understand myself better (not completely, but better), and that has given me increased flexibility and freedom.

So … I highly recommend this habit. And while I’m not saying it’s easy, you can start small and get better and better as you practice. Don’t expect to be good at first — that’s why it’s called “practice”!

These tips aren’t aimed at helping you to become an expert … they should help you get started and keep going. You don’t have to implement them all at once — try a few, come back to this article, try one or two more.

  • Sit for just two minutes. This will seem ridiculously easy, to just meditate for two minutes. That’s perfect. Start with just two minutes a day for a week. If that goes well, increase by another two minutes and do that for a week. If all goes well, by increasing just a little at a time, you’ll be meditating for 10 minutes a day in the 2nd month, which is amazing! But start small first.
  • Do it first thing each morning. It’s easy to say, “I’ll meditate every day,” but then forget to do it. Instead, set a reminder for every morning when you get up, and put a note that says “meditate” somewhere where you’ll see it.

 

  • Don’t get caught up in the how — just do. Most people worry about where to sit, how to sit, what cushion to use … this is all nice, but it’s not that important to get started. Start just by sitting on a chair, or on your couch. Or on your bed. If you’re comfortable on the ground, sit cross-legged. It’s just for two minutes at first anyway, so just sit. Later you can worry about optimizing it so you’ll be comfortable for longer, but in the beginning it doesn’t matter much, just sit somewhere quiet and comfortable.
  • Check in with how you’re feeling. As you first settle into your meditation session, simply check to see how you’re feeling. How does your body feel? What is the quality of your mind? Busy? Tired? Anxious? See whatever you’re bringing to this meditation session as completely OK.
  • Count your breaths. Now that you’re settled in, turn your attention to your breath. Just place the attention on your breath as it comes in, and follow it through your nose all the way down to your lungs. Try counting “one” as you take in the first breath, then “two” as you breathe out. Repeat this to the count of 10, and then start again at one.
  • Come back when you wander. Your mind will wander. This is an almost absolute certainty. There’s no problem with that. When you notice your mind wandering, smile, and simply gently return to your breath. Count “one” again, and start over. You might feel a little frustration, but it’s perfectly OK to not stay focused, we all do it. This is the practice, and you won’t be good at it for a little while.
  • Develop a loving attitude. When you notice thoughts and feelings arising during meditation, as they will, look at them with a friendly attitude. See them as friends, not intruders or enemies. They are a part of you, though not all of you. Be friendly and not harsh.
  • Don’t worry too much that you’re doing it wrong. You will worry you’re doing it wrong. That’s OK, we all do. You’re not doing it wrong. There’s no perfect way to do it, just be happy you’re doing it.
  • Don’t worry about clearing the mind. Lots of people think meditation is about clearing your mind, or stopping all thoughts. It’s not. This can sometimes happen, but it’s not the “goal” of meditation. If you have thoughts, that’s normal. We all do. Our brains are thought factories, and we can’t just shut them down. Instead, just try to practice focusing your attention, and practice some more when your mind wanders.
  • Stay with whatever arises. When thoughts or feelings arise, and they will, you might try staying with them awhile. Yes, I know I said to return to the breath, but after you practice that for a week, you might also try staying with a thought or feeling that arises. We tend to want to avoid feelings like frustration, anger, anxiety … but an amazingly useful meditation practice is to stay with the feeling for a while. Just stay, and be curious.
  • Get to know yourself. This practice isn’t just about focusing your attention; it’s about learning how your mind works. What’s going on inside there? It’s murky, but by watching your mind wander, get frustrated, avoid difficult feelings … you can start to understand yourself.

  • Become friends with yourself. As you get to know yourself, do it with a friendly attitude instead of one of criticism. You’re getting to know a friend. Smile and give yourself love.
  • Do a body scan. Another thing you can do, once you become a little better at following your breath, is focus your attention on one body part at a time. Start at the soles of your feet — how do those feel? Slowly move to your toes, the tops of your feet, your ankles, all the way to the top of your head.
  • Notice the light, sounds, and energy. Another place to put your attention, again, after you’ve practice with your breath for at least a week, is the light all around you. Just keep your eyes on one spot, and notice the light in the room you’re in. Another day, just focus on noticing sounds. Another day, try to notice the energy in the room all around you (including light and sounds).
  • Really commit yourself. Don’t just say, “Sure, I’ll try this for a couple days.” Really commit yourself to this. In your mind, be locked in, for at least a month.
  • You can do it anywhere. If you’re traveling or something comes up in the morning, you can do meditation in your office. In the park. During your commute. As you walk somewhere. Sitting meditation is the best place to start, but in truth, you’re practicing for this kind of mindfulness in your entire life.
  • Follow guided meditation. If it helps, you can try following guided meditations to start with. They are really helpful to begin your journey into meditation.

 

  • Check in with friends. While I like meditating alone, you can do it with your spouse or child or a friend. Or just make a commitment with a friend to check in every morning after meditation. It might help you stick with it for longer.
  • Find a community. Even better, find a community of people who are meditating and join them. This might be a Zen or Tibetan community near you (for example), where you go and meditate with them. Or find an online group and check in with them and ask questions, get support, encourage others.
  • Smile when you’re done. When you’re finished with your two minutes, smile. Be grateful that you had this time to yourself that you stuck with your commitment, that you showed yourself that you’re trustworthy, where you took the time to get to know yourself and make friends with yourself. That’s an amazing two minutes of your life.

Meditation isn’t always easy or even peaceful. But it has truly amazing benefits, and you can start today, and continue for the rest of your life.

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