Mindfulness meditation practice can make for a happier new year

We celebrate new possibilities and welcome a fresh start for change as we count down the minutes and watch the ball drop, “Out with the old and in with the new!”

If you or someone you care for suffers with anxiety, the celebration may quickly be interrupted by anticipation and worry about the future. Yoga for concentration and memory Many Americans are experiencing heightened anxiety, like the symptoms people with the medical disorder feel on a daily basis, as we prepare to inaugurate a new president in a few weeks. Yoga tricks and tips It is suggested by scientific studies that mindfulness meditation may be a drug-free alternative and a beneficial resolution to consider.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder is defined as excessive worry about a variety of everyday problems for at least six months.

Ananda yoga sangam The worrying goes on daily and can be disruptive to job performance, school and relationships. Pregnancy yoga second trimester The fear and trepidation experienced can be alienating and stifling as the overwhelming thoughts and feelings continue.

“Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) affects 6.8 million adults or 3.1 percent of the population” according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.

The intense stress caused by ruminating thoughts over concerns that something disastrous may occur regarding finances, family, health, work, our world and other issues can be excessive, unrealistic, and at times, uncontrollable. Yoga routine weight loss Other symptoms include: sleeping problems, restlessness, uneasiness, irritability, muscle tension, difficulty focusing or mind going blank, and exhaustion.

It is difficult to find calm and the stress can lead to other health issues. Good yoga exercise to lose weight Typical treatment for GAD includes anxiolytic medications that do bring fast relief. Jivamukti yoga nyc But some can be habit forming. Yoga room nantucket Talk therapy is often used in combination with medication. Prenatal yoga poses 3rd trimester Typical treatment combining medication and psychotherapy leave an estimated 60 percent of patients with little relief.

A modern definition of mindfulness comes from Dr. Corepower yoga highland park Jon Kabat-Zinn, a pioneer in the field of secular mindfulness practice since the inception of his eight-week program called Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). Yoga loft san diego He calls it a working definition, “Mindfulness is paying attention on purpose in the present moment, non-judgmentally.”

By systematically practicing meditation techniques, students of the program learn to recognize the signs of stress and reactive patterns, and develop insightful ways to better handle stress in their lives.

This is not just theory. Real yoga singapore schedule MBSR is the most scientifically tested mind/body program in the world and has also been found to be beneficial for chronic pain, depression, weight-loss, risk for cardiovascular disease and diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome and others.

In 1992, a study with 22 patients found that MBSR significantly reduced both anxiety and depression scores in patients who had both a medical diagnosis and GAD, or panic disorder and their improvement was maintained at a three-year follow-up.

In 2013, published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 93 patients with anxiety were randomized to take the MBSR program or to participate in Stress Management Education. Easy yoga exercises for weight loss Three different scales were used to measure anxiety symptoms. Yoga paris english classes Although, both groups showed improvement on one of the evaluative scales, the MBSR group showed much greater improvement than the stress management group when symptoms were evaluated in more depth on the other two scales.

Mary Guip, BBA, RN, ERYT-500, is a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction teacher and Mindfulness in Schools Project certified teacher. Pure yoga upper east side She leads Mindfulness courses in the Hudson Valley. Yoga exercises for neck and shoulders Visit www.Mid-HudsonMindfulnessMBSR.com for more information. Santa monica yoga Contact her at 108MaryG@gmail.com