Holistic Healthcare Centre
2174 Major Mackenzie Drive
Vaughan, ON, L6A 3Y8
(905) 553-9255

Meditation Classes

  • Improve focus and concentration
  • Take better care of yourself
  • Cope better with pain, stress and anxiety
  • Explore a deeper sense of balance, calm and well-being

 

Register now for a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Workshop!

MBSR is an 8 week workshop developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD to help cultivate mindfulness into daily life. Supported by over 30 years of research, this curriculum provides tools to help build your inner capacities for greater balance, health and wellness.

Date: April 8, 2014 7pm – 9pm and will continue for 8 weeks

Material: 1 manual, 4 Mindfulness CDs and the book “Full Catastrophe Living”

Cost: $275

To register please call 905.553.9255 or e-mail at info@hhccentre.com

 

Meditation is a simple process of quieting your mind.   There are all kinds of meditations, but the most common act of meditation generally consists of simply sitting quietly, focusing on one’s breath, a word or phrase.  Why would you need to quiet your mind?

  Neuroscientists have found that people that meditate regularly shift their brain activity to different areas of the cortex.   Brain waves in the stress-prone right frontal cortex move to the calmer left frontal cortex. This mental shift decreases the negative effects of stress, mild depression and anxiety. There is also less activity in the amygdala, where the brain processes fear.

Physiological Benefits of Meditation:

  • Deep rest (lower metabolic and heart rate).
  • Decreased levels of cortisol.
  • Healthier blood pressure.
  • Drop in cholesterol levels.
  • Slower aging process.

Psychological Benefits of Meditation:

  • Greater creativity.
  • Decreased anxiety and depression.
  • Decreased irritability.
  • Improved memory.
  • Feeling of vitality. 
  • Increased emotional balance and happiness.

  You can meditate anywhere; it can be a short mediation or a long one, a deep or a relaxing one. Meditation can be structured or unstructured, guided or unguided. Breath counting would be structured, while in unstructured meditation the experience itself leads the meditation.  A good rule of thumb is to select a method that feels natural and compatible to you.  It is a beneficial practice to meditate 20 minutes a day.