Posts Tagged ‘meditation cushion’

A Yoga Mat May Be Just What The Doctor Ordered!

Posted on: August 29th, 2013 by

A Yoga Mat May Be Your Ticket To A Healthier Life!MAYO CLINIC APPROVES OF YOGA FOR STRESS RELIEF

Stress. It’s everywhere. A ringing phone at the wrong moment can send me flying through the air, shrieking like a goosed intern . . . not that I’ve ever goosed an intern. . . . Or a waitress . . . or a nun . . . moving on.

Even the “DING” of an arriving email can send my anxiety levels to “Houston, we have a problem” levels. So what can we do in this day and age to help alleviate some of that pent up stress? One possible avenue of relief has recently been suggested by the Mayo Clinic.

“Yoga is a mind-body practice that combines stretching exercises, controlled breathing and relaxation. Yoga can help reduce stress, lower blood pressure and improve heart function. And almost anyone can do it.”

Yoga has many styles, forms and intensities. Sometimes a yoga mat is all that is needed for a beginner or advanced student. Other times a prop like a stretching strap or a Bolster may be part of your experience.  Jo-Sha mat wipes are also available to be sure whatever you’re using is clean and smells good.

Hatha yoga, my discipline of choice, is good for stress management because of its Tai Chi style of slower, gentler movement. Hatha is also one of the most common styles of yoga, classes are easy to find and literature abounds. Besides, did you know there are eleventy -gajillion postures that have “prone, seated, relaxed, or rest in their names? But I digress. Most people can benefit from any style of yoga — it’s all about your personal preferences. Mine just happen to consist of sitting, relaxing, resting and proning.

The core components of hatha yoga are:
Poses. Yoga poses, also called postures, are a series of movements designed to increase strength and flexibility. Poses range from lying on the floor while completely relaxed to difficult postures that may have you stretching your physical limits.

Breathing. Controlling your breathing is an important part of yoga. In yoga, breath signifies your vital energy. Yoga teaches that controlling your breathing can help you control your body and quiet your mind.

The potential health benefits of yoga include:
Stress reduction. A number of studies have shown that yoga can help reduce stress and anxiety. It can also enhance your mood and overall sense of well-being.

Improved fitness. Practicing yoga can lead to improved balance, flexibility, range of motion and strength. And this means you’re less likely to injure yourself in other physical endeavors or in your daily activities.

Management of chronic conditions. Yoga can help reduce risk factors for chronic diseases, such as heart disease and high blood pressure. Yoga might also help alleviate chronic conditions, such as depression, pain, anxiety and insomnia.

Once you decide on your style of yoga, head on over to the MatsMatsMats.com website and have a gander at all the different items that you can buy to get the most out of your burgeoning quest for yogism. Yoga Mats, Bolsters, meditation cushions, pillows, blankets, towels, blocks, benches, wedges, straps, cleaning wipes, disinfectants, and so much more.


Mexican Blankets Can Be Quite Useful When Hiking!

Posted on: May 24th, 2013 by

I recently went camping / back-packing.  Now this was a small trip in comparison to some of my more ambitious ventures in my recent past.  Just a two day hike up into the San Gabriel Mountains here in Southern California.  Now even though it is 90+ degrees where we live, believe it or not it is actually still snowing up in the San Gabriel’s (yes, it does snow in Southern California).

So I stuffed your usually things into my trusty backpack.  I packed in my sleeping bag, inflatable cushion for sleeping, my food and water filtration essentials.  But this time I brought a specially little experiment along with me.  Just to see how it would fare.  That’s right ladies and gents, I brought Mexican blankets up into the snowy mountains of the SoCal.

Now you would not think that this type of material would do so well up in the mountains, and frankly neither did I.  However to my very amazement, I found it to be quite useful!  Not really as a blanket, but as so many other things.  I could not help but thinking of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy as I romped through forest with my now trustee Mexican blankets.  It was the equivalent of the Towel in those books.  I used it as a towel, as a napkin, I stuffed it into my sleeping bag cover and bunched it up to use it as a body pillow, when I got stressed I used it as a meditation cushion, and I even used it as a beany of sorts to keep me warm and wick away the sweat as we made our assent.

I have to say that the sheer versatility of this little blanket was marvelous and I will certainly be making them a permanent part of my mountain ensemble.


Meditation Cushions Took Away My Existential Blues!

Posted on: May 15th, 2013 by

Zafu And Zabuton Cushions Help You To Meditate Longer!I am not sure as to how prevalent or obvious it is through these blogs, but I have a very non-stop kind of “over-thinking” brain process.  I constantly question and second and triple guess each and every thought, motive and action.  Although an asset at times; and it certainly has been in the past, it is also been a source of frustration.

With this said I decided to attempt and calm this part of myself in some fashion.  My first attempt was what is commonly known as an isolation tank.  It is a large metal box essentially.  It is filled with about 12” of water that is saturated with 800 lbs of salt to make it incredibly buoyant.  You simply lay in this water and float, and then the fun part.  You close the door to this box and it is completely black. There is no sound, no visuals or stimuli of any kind.  In fact after a few minutes you begin to feel as if you are actually floating and completely weight-less.  Although this is not for everyone, it is quite an experience and I highly recommend it.

However although very fun and interesting, this isolation tank is not exactly the “calming” experience that I really need, nor is it something that is practical to do on a consistent basis.  So I began to dabble into the good ‘ol meditation.  Now, I am in shape and that shape…is round.  So needless to say, I need some comfort to brace between the floor and I.  I tried many things, from a yoga mat, to a bamboo meditation bench and then finally the meditation cushion.

These Zafu and Zabuton meditation cushions were certainly my favorite thus far and are eco-friendly. They made it much easier to “let go” per say, rather than thinking about how hard the ground was.  So although I am a grave novice at this point, I shall see where this little rabbit holes leads and report on my findings down the road.


Meditation Products For “Living In The Material World”

Posted on: January 15th, 2013 by
Meditation products for that zen feeling
“I just watched George Harrison: Living In The Material World this week. Not only is it an awesome documentary, but it goes into great detail on George’s transformation from rock and excess extraordinaire to contemplative, meditative, universal traveller. While it touches on all aspects of George Harrison’s life, the details of meeting, along with the other Beatles, the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi stuck out to me the most. Not just because there are sequences in the film where it ‘looks’ like they’re using a silk meditation cushion of ours (the footage is from ‘67 and I don’t think the owner’s of the company were born yet or were in diapers at the most), but because they make an excellent case for the merits of meditation outside of the realm of “mysticism” or “new age” philosophies which, in and of themselves, can carry a sort-of smeared image due to too many late night whackos offering enlightenment for 4 easy payment of $19.95.
 
In any case, if you are looking to get into ‘that space’ of thoughtlessness (VERY different from alcohol induced carelessness), our mediation pillow selection and our meditation cushion are excellent tools for beginners and advanced practitioners alike. Our silk varieties even have beautiful ornate patterns if the ambiance is essential to get into that zone (or should I say zen state). We also offer yoga bolster choices (great for other positions outside of lotus), blankets, or even silk eye pillows if you’re like me and have a hard time keeping your eyes closed or still from fidgeting.  If you have never attempted controlled meditation, I highly recommend you take time from your busy schedule to find a quiet, comfortable space, and BREATHE DEEPLY, recite your mantra (it’s different for everyone) and enjoy the bliss of pure thoughtlessness.“

Ummm, Should I Meditate?

Posted on: September 4th, 2012 by

As you have probably figured out about me, I’m a jack of all trades- master of none.  I’m a very curious person, and enjoy sampling different parts of life.  Working for MatsMatsMats.com, I get to talk to so many diverse people that every once and a while I feel like “hey.. you’re interesting.  We need to be friends”.  Usually because I’m talking to somebody that is passionate about something.Â

Lately I’ve been curious about meditation, but how do you learn to meditate by yourself?  What meditation supplies to I need to get started? I’m guessing that these are pretty common question amongst people just starting or wanting to start.  From what I’ve heard from a few customers, for the best meditation experience you simply need a meditation cushion (zafu or zabuton) to make yourself comfy and imagine yourself in a very tranquil place- for example, the beach, the mountains, or a forest.  I’m so easily distracted I would actually need to go to the beach or mountains.  If you’re like me I heard other more “physically-oriented” techniques are more helpful.  You can do things like following your breath, or you can focus on different body sensations.  These sensations will tend to move, and following them is one form of meditation!  The hardest part for me will be to clear my head, but I heard using a mantra is very helful.  Something simple like “Om” or a hum can work.  This is supposed to stop all the random thoughts.  I guess it just takes some practice.  First I need to just get started.  Make it a habit.Â

One of my customers told me I shouldn’t ask so many questions, just do it.  She said questions about best time of day or technique are really disguised ways to look for an EXCUSE not to meditate.  She did say not to meditate right after I eat.  “If you meditate right after you eat, you’ll usually fall asleep.”


What does going green mean?

Posted on: June 1st, 2012 by

Does “Going Green” mean you have to become a hippie? Absolutely not! You can do your part to help save the environment without trying very hard. Believe me, I don’t like anything that makes my life too difficult.

Here’s what I’m talking about. I’m not going to buy those canvas bags that you can reuse at the market (mainly because I’ll never remember to bring them with me), so rather than throwing away the plastic bags I use them as trash bags in my smaller trashcans at home- REUSE!- This, is going green.

I have a recyclables can next to my trash can so I can easily toss paper, plastic and other non-biodegradable junk in there with no extra effort- RECYLE- It’s something most of us have probably done since we were kids, but!! It’s being green.

I try not to have water running while I’m doing dishes, or brushing my teeth, and I close the fridge for the 10 seconds it takes me to pour a glass of milk. None of that sounds like much, but it adds up AND helps with your utility bill. REDUCE!

Some other simple things you can try is buying eco-friendly products whenever you can, and when it’s convenient. For instance: If you’re on a website, like MatsMatsMats.com, because you’re already planning on buying a yoga mat or meditation cushion or whatever, check to see if maybe they have an Eco-Friendly section (which they do – www.matsmatsmats.com/eco-friendly ).  It may take a few extra clicks, but you can do something small to help something great.

What I am trying to say is, don’t let the super green people make you feel like your contribution is inadequate.  Do whatever you can, when you can. One thing at a time.  It’s easy to make changes.  It doesn’t matter how many steps you take, just that you’re moving.

Being “Green” doesn’t have to consume you. When you are shopping for things take a moment to see if there are eco friendly alternatives, like an eco yoga mat, eco door mats, etc.  Make small changes to your lifestyle to conserve energy and re-use products when possible.  If all 6 billion people in our world did as little as I do, the effects would be monstrous.

One added benefit of trying to be eco-friendly is the peace of mind that you’re doing what you can to preserve the planet for the next generation!