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You don’t need to attend a yoga class to be able to lead a stress free life.

Practicing daily exercises in order to focus your mind on the present has both physical and psychological health benefits, says physiotherapist and yogi Brett Wade.

Wade leads daily meditation exercises before he teaches his classes at Okanagan College in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada and recommends ways to practice mindfulness to his patients.

“There’s research that shows meditation can lead to things like a decrease in high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, a high resting heart rate, as well as helps individuals cope with depression and other mental illnesses,” he said.

“Mindfulness is the ability to keep your mind in the present, it’s the same as meditation,” Wade said.

“You’re just slowly trying to bring mindfulness into your life and it has exactly the same health benefits as does meditation, whether you’re sitting cross-legged on top of the Himalayas experiencing nirvana or brushing your teeth,” he said. “I usually tell people to pick one activity you usually do every day… and see if during that whole time you can experience as much as you can with your five senses.”

He recommends paying attention to the way you brush your teeth, how the brush feels, how the toothpaste tastes, and to bring the mind back to the present when it wanders.

“The mind will always wander, but your ability to bring it back to the present will improve the more you do it,” he said.

And you can meditate to just about anything.

“Meditation simply means to concentrate on something, so you’re setting aside time to intentionally concentrate on something. You can meditate on drawing, how you’re walking, eating, there are ways to be more mindful in your life,” he said.

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“Meditation is not a way of making your mind quiet. It’s a way of entering into the quiet that’s already there – buried under the 50,000 thoughts the average person thinks every day.” – Deepak Chopra

You don’t need to attend a yoga class to be able to lead a stress free life.

Practicing daily exercises in order to focus your mind on the present has both physical and psychological health benefits, says physiotherapist and yogi Brett Wade.

Wade leads daily meditation exercises before he teaches his classes at Okanagan College in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada and recommends ways to practice mindfulness to his patients.

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