Brightest Young Things and Lululemon

What do I need? How stressed out am I? How can I relax? Why can’t I focus? Why can’t I remember things? Why do my anxious thoughts take up so much of my time? Why can’t I sleep? And on and on……

These are questions that many of us are familiar with, often not knowing that the answers lie within. Perhaps we have a sense that slowing down, taking time to breath can help, but taking the time, and making the effort can seem uncertain.

Take Five has some great news for you.

Scientists are studying the physiological impacts that different kinds of meditation have on the brain and neurological functioning, and they are finding out that through different types of meditation practices, we can find resolution for many of our questions.

Recent studies are now suggesting that the benefits of body scanning and relaxation based meditation (think Yoga Nidra, Sound healing, and Savasana) can enhance the regions of the brain that promote deliberate control, whilst Mindfulness meditation practices (think sitting meditation that reflects on the moment) enhance the parts of the brain that promote sensory awareness.

This is not only useful information, but it illustrates how useful a regular meditation practice can be in helping us to resolve many of the questions that love to keep us up at night.

At Take Five we offer a wide variety of meditation styles because we want to cover all bases for you and your unique needs. So go ahead and discard your uncertainty, and join us on the cushions to begin your unique journey into a regular and useful meditation practice.

Have you ever noticed that life can serve you nice hearty portions of negative stress?

This can include all kinds of things like tough family situations, losing someone to death or divorce, or a conflict on the job. All of these lovely little negative and painful situations could easily lead to defeat.

Yeah, we are quite familiar with these kinds of situations and they can truly challenge our resilience and our self-confidence. They can make us question who we are, why we are here, and even our own sanity. 

The beauty of our minds is that we have an inner power, I like to think of it as a superpower, that can help us overcome. This is the power of optimism and positive thinking. I am not talking about being maniacally happy all of the time and living in a state of denial, I am talking about facing the difficulties in life with a deep sense of self and compassion. This can make us stronger and more resilient when we come out on the other side of struggle.

One sure fire way to tap into our own superpowers is through meditation. 

It is a practice where we can reflect on our stressors without drama, with a deep sense of calm, and open-mindedness. It is a power that we all have that can help us grow our resilience and sense of self-worth despite the complications of life.

Our Take Five community is built on the concepts of optimism and positivity, and it is the perfect place to come and hone all of the superpowers you need to stand up to your own stress dragon with self-confidence and resilience.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

You know that feeling when somebody doesn’t like you and you don’t know why, or that sense that no matter what you do, something is simply not going to go your way………it’s just not fun.

We all want to make things work out: relationships, health, projects, school, life, but the reality is that things will not always work out, or be perfect and accommodating. We can even make tough situations more frustrating when we try to fix them and make them better.

There are some moments when taking a break to pause and not act leads us to the path of acceptance and understanding. That sense of letting go is the beginning of the end of suffering.

When we stop fighting with our need to be comfortable and happy, when we lessen our expectations, we are making room for resilience and acceptance, those things can lead us to peace.

And yes, it is a very hard thing to do, it is a practice that builds a deeper understanding of who we are and how we, as humans, operate. 

A regular meditation practice is a tool that can shine a light on our over extended expectations and lead us to a path of acceptance and a place of inner peace. Take Five creates a space and plenty of opportunity to sit down or lay down and wrestle with expectations and the journey towards acceptance.

We look forward to seeing you in the studio in a space without judgments, with open hearts, and compassion.

When I became a young mother of twins, I thought I had to do it all. Nurse, nurture, change diapers, read, sing, love (husband too), cook, clean, comb my hair, work, and all that on zero sleep because let’s face it, twins……..

There was also a bit of a guilt factor about reaching out for help and support, and even worse, paying for help…… I often felt that perhaps I wasn’t cut out for the challenge. Then one day, some brilliant person somewhere, I can’t remember who, perhaps I read it somewhere, said to me, “being a mother is like that safety tutorial when you get on the airplane, put your own oxygen mask on before you put it on your child.” Those words had a profound impact on me like you would not believe.

Then I remembered the old adage which I believe is universally adaptable, “when mom is happy, everyone is happy.” In other words, when we take care of ourselves, not as a luxury but as a disciplined practice, we are not only better to ourselves and our own well-being, we are better to everyone around us, and are better equipped to step up, or step down as necessary.

Taking the time to care for yourself is not a luxury, it is a necessity that takes discipline. Sometimes it means not doing the fun thing and buckling down to get something important done, and sometimes it means disconnecting, saying no and giving yourself time to cultivate your well being. Self-care practices exist in all cultures going way back to earliest human history. Meditation is one of them and has been a big game changer for me.

I hope you join me on the cushion this week.  Your self-care practice means everything to our Take Five Team, and it is our pleasure to be a part of your practice.