Mindfulness is by definition a Technology and we can enhance our lives with it in very practical ways.

While mindfulness is a concept that originates in Buddhism, there are recognized scientific benefits that are being practically applied in the industry. The definition of technology is “the application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes, especially in industry” (The Oxford Dictionary)

The main practical applications of mindfulness related to stress relief, attention training or enhancement, and complementary therapy — aiding for example treatments for depression, chronic pain, cancer, and burnout.

Of course, no technology has ever been a silver bullet to all human problems. But well used, tech can really improve our livelihoods and even save lives. …

Sometimes our ribcage acts as “the prison to our heart”.

The body always shows us something about our emotional aspects. Is our chest tight due to stress or anxiety or trapped emotions? Many people can’t open their chest properly when breathing so I want to share a few practices that may help us free up that space in ourselves.

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First, let’s take a second to think…

Why would we want to loosen up that part of our body or selves?

Personality: Could it make us more relaxed and open? Could it increase our levels of empathy? Could it be that it can help us relate more genuinely with others? Could it make us become more empowered to do what we’ve been afraid to do? I’d say all the above.

Health: It is a good idea to stimulate and massage the heart or chest areas as it can help the funcioning of the thymus gland. The thymus gland produces T-cells, which are anti-cancer agents, and also have immune system boosting effects.

Intelligence: Extra brainpower…

Sometimes the simplest things are the most powerful.

I love Yoga Nidra Meditation (“the yoga of sleep”) and here are a few reasons why you should too.

All you got to do is lie down and listen to the voice

The instructions are like a lullaby and the mind goes in and out of the conscious state. It feels like napping, although you are not really sleeping.

As we enter this borderline state, the brain produces alpha waves — associated with the restorative mode where the body heals and the mind produces new patterns (a.k.a neuroplasticity).

Prayer for Universal Peace (Sanskrit Mantra + Recording)

I wanted to share one of my favorite mantras that we learned at the ashram Yoga Vidya Gurukul. The Prayer for universal peace contains the famous shokla “Loka samasta sukhino bhavantu”, often sung in Western Kirtans and Western Yogic songs. The original Sanskrit is in bold and the meaning in English below each paragraph.

You can learn the correct pronunciation listening to Mrs. Pourmina Mandlik or Tai, as we know her. Listen to the recording here (links to google Drive) —

*For educational purposes only — All rights: Yogapoint.com

Prayer for Universal Peace

Tamaso ma jyotirgamaya |

Mrityorma amritam gamaya ||

-Let the truth…

A practice to release trapped energy and stuck emotions. Experience a shift of consciousness and feel more grounded, lighter and connected.

We practice Breathwork to get out of our rational head and into our emotional body. Through an active and rhythmic breathing technique, we allow our body to move energy and release trapped emotions.

Breathwork can help us become unstuck, make us feel more grounded, hear more clearly our intuition, find a greater sense of inner calm. The practice is guided, performed lying down, with the use of music and some scents to facilitate the healing process.

Breathing techniques can help us slow our metabolism, alkalinise our body, activate our rest-and-digest nervous system response and change our brain chemistry to release mood regulating hormones.

What is Pranayama?

Pranayama is a yogic breathing technique aimed at controlling and expanding our vital force though controlling the breath. Prana is sanskrit for vital energy or life force. Ayama means expansion.

How can we expand our energy by controlling the breath?

When we breathe slowly, we can allow our body to absorb more oxygen with fewer breaths and this is more energy is efficient. …

A restoring practice that takes us into the borderline state between awaken and asleep.

Yoga Nidra session at Campus London, Google’s space for startups, in London, 2018

Yoga Nidra is known as the yogic sleep because it’s practiced lying down, in stillness, and because it induces a very deep state physical, mental and emotional relaxation. Nidra in sanskrit means sleep, as the practice induces the borderline state between awake and asleep.

This borderline mental state is known as Alpha, a restorative brainwave mode. In Alpha, our brain balances and produces serotonin (a mood regulator).

Nidra may be considered a self hypnosis technique, as it helps the practitioner reinforce any behaviour through mentally stating a resolve of their own choice.

The practice takes between 30 to 45 mins

A simple, science based and device free approach.

Mental Fitness — Mindfulness Training with Google’s Launchpad Start in Miami, USA — March 2019.

About the Masterclass

The constant push for innovation and business success, if not managed correctly, can lead to unhealthy levels of stress and, even, burnout.

Turns out that the mindset of problem solving, collaboration and creativity is the same metal state of being mindful: calm, present, open to possibilities.

All the answers are within us, but often we can’t hear them because our ego or other distractions get in the way.

The Inner Advisor is a powerful technique that help us listen better the voice of our in-tuition, develop your inner guidance, find clarity and connect with our higher human qualities. This is based upon shamanic and yogic principles.

For example the idea that “there are no limits”. All things are connected: our inner world influences our outer world. Also, that “all power comes from within”. We may find this power (life force, drive, confidence, etc) within us, by following our breath, and tuning in to our inner wisdom.

Rio Otoya

Holistic Coach. Breathwork, Yoga & Mindfulness Guide. Ex-Google. Community Geek.

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