Beyond Fitness: Wellness, Balance and Breakthrough. Leena St. Michael, RYT. Learn How Meditation can:. Improve member wellness Increase member satisfaction Raise company profitability Participate in global sustainability and wellness movements (Save the planet?).
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Beyond Fitness:Wellness, Balance and Breakthrough
Leena St. Michael, RYT
and wellness movements
(Save the planet?)
Healthcare, is the prevention and management of illness and the preservation of mental and physical well-being through the services offered by medical, nursing and allied health-professionals. --Wikipedia 2007
A general state of good health, usually as a result of exercise and nutrition. –per Wikipedia 2007
Wellness--West Chester University
Wellness is a dynamic process whereby individuals and communities become aware and make positivechoices in creating and promoting a healthy lifestyle. Wellness is the understanding and integration of the relationship of mind, body and spirit into one's philosophy of living.
Wellness-National Wellness Assoc.
Wellness is an active process
of becoming aware
and making choices
toward a more successful existence.
People Want Wellness…
…beyond “healthcare” and “fitness”.
…Self-Health—taking responsibility for one’s lifestyle, diet, fitness and professional healthcare services.
Abraham Maslow regarded self-actualization as the ultimate human need;
a positive growth tendency thatdrives us from within to fuller development.
--Dr. James R. Rini self-health.org
is affected by emotional, spiritual, environmental, social and intellectual dimensions.
Its all inter-connected.
Where do people take their first step to wellness?
Hint: It’s not the doctor’s office.
The Fitness Club.
No wonder the leading edge fitness clubs are becoming wellness centers.
There is an opportunity to not only capitalize on radical culture change…but help to create it.
“Success and fulfillment--your emotional, mental, spiritual and physical well-being--depend on how well you adapt to change.”
According to Interchange International, Inc. developer of The Change Cycle
Kubler-Ross (1973) On Death & Dying, Routledge, London
Sudden, radical and unexpected change requires strategies to:
The secret of change is tofocus all your energy,not on fighting for the old,but on building the new. - Socrates
--Build the new, we must, and quickly. But what if we’re too exhausted to build something new?
When We Resist or Lack Awareness or Resources to Change
An overload of tension and stress can lead to the “Danger Zone”.
“Up to 90% of the doctor visits in the USA may be triggered by stress-related illness, says the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.”
Recovery before Discovery
Living in constant tension is like leaving the lights on in your car overnight:
You are powerless to go anywhere until you recharge the battery.
Meditation builds awareness “muscle”.
The intention of yoga is wellness and self-actualization through time spent in meditative states.
Yoga is the oldest system of mind/body/spirit excellence
It’s about stopping thought-waves.
There is a correlation between breath and thought-waves.
In deep relaxation one can…
Slow the breath…
Slow the thought-waves.
…one gains present moment awareness.
Present Moment Awareness…
The ability to name your mental, emotional and physical state of being in the moment enables choice.
Choice is essential to creating wellness.
Choice is freedom.
"Yoga serves the individual through inviting transformation rather than by giving information."
But isn’t meditation…doing nothing?
Yogis don’t “do” meditation…
They land there.
Meditation practice is the fastest route to the most consistently effective and timely choices and actions.
Deep relaxation learned in yoga meditation practice is the quickest way to renew body, mind and spirit.
The only way to get out of change—is to get into it!
What if we were aware of excess tension or discomfort as an early sign of change instead of something to be fixed or denied?
Learn How to Live in Balance
The sooner we become awarethat discomfort indicates we're out of balance, the sooner we can implement strategies to re-balance, re-energize and move into wellness.
Living in Balance
Is it surprising that fitness clubs lose member retention to yoga studios, meditation centers, spas and wellness centers?
What if personal trainers, life coaches and yoga teachers assessed members for life balance and clubs provided a balanced array of wellness opportunities?
early out-of-balance signs
to re-balance and improve
--Inward, Quiet, Slow, Cool, Restorative
The Global Human Sustainability Crisis is literally forcing us to learn to live in wellness…NOW.
The unsustainable lifestyle of humans
with population explosion since 1930
has created a crisis of environmental
pollution and resource depletion.
We must re-create our entire way of living…now.
“There is a vital, thriving movement in the works, a global desire to re-imagine mankind's relationship with the environment.”
--Paul Hawken is one of 50 global experts featured in “The 11th Hour” movie. An award-winning environmentalist, entrepreneur, journalist, and author, Hawken dedicates his life to sustainability and changing the relationship between business and the environment. Bio at http://wip.warnerbros.com/11thhour/.com
What does this have to do with Meditation?
Scientists have discovered that super-slow thought-waves, the Theta and Delta Waves recorded during deep meditation, lead to breakthrough creativity.
“It is a well known and well studied fact that profound relaxation (such as meditation) can increase and enhance creativity. When certain brainwave patterns are created, visualization becomes vivid, memories flow easier and you can more easily approach ideas from different perspectives. In addition to this, creating brainwaves that are normally produced during sleep can act to "reset" the brain.”
Studies have proven: When groups practice yogic meditation techniques together, moving into deep relaxation with stillness of body and mind with complete awareness,
there is a positive affect on the
individual, the group, and the
social harmony of the entire community.
Common Passion .org
“There is more and more evidence that… if one person has power with intention, from the Random Event Generators (we learn that), all of us are effecting things all the time by our collective thinking. It means we all have to get together and think the same good things all the time. “
--Lynn McTaggart, on Quantum Physics from "What the Bleep Do We Know?"
Meditation is a Practice, Not an Achievement
One cannot fail at meditating.