Science Now Proves The Benefits Of Being In Nature

The benefits of getting out in nature are immense.

No longer do these benefits just have subjective validation. We now have scientific proof through a growing body of research in Japan, which demonstrates that people experience reduced stress, lowered blood pressure, better breathing, and improved immunity as a result of spending time in nature.

Do yourself a favor and take a walk or a hike in your local park or natural area once per week and you will begin noticing some tremendous health improvements in your life.

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Meditate Longer — and More Comfortably — with These 8 Yin Yoga Poses

I’ve been meditating for over six years now, and I can say with certainty that the practice has changed my life in so many ways. I’m better at managing stress, I’m less intensely goal oriented, I have cultivated more virtues like patience, compassion, and forgiveness, and I have a better appreciation for everyday life. 

But even as someone who has been studying and practicing meditation for about an hour per day with good consistency for over a half dozen years, I am no stranger to sore knees, aching hips, and a stiff back. Like most people who meditate, I can say that uncomfortable sensations are just part and parcel with the whole meditation process. So if you ever say ‘oosh’ after sitting in seiza for an extended period of time, you’re not alone. 

That said, I have found yin yoga to be a wonderful complement to my practice of meditation, simply because it has helped me to stretch the connective tissues in my body and thereby allowed me to sit for meditation longer, more comfortably, and with less physical distractions. 

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