No question, everyday life can deplete the vital forces that keep us energized. Thanks to a multitude of unique ways to get in touch with your inner yogi and practice meditation throughout the Omaha metro, mind-body-spirit refueling is just a breath away.
Offering meditation and mindfulness classes for over forty years, The Nebraska Zen Center is a refuge for practitioners at the Heartland Temple. Dosho Port, who teaches guided meditation, says the practice sets the mind up for a great day by creating a clear headspace. The Center also offers silent meditation sessions which fosters inner peace, focus and calm.
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Goat and sheep yoga offers four-legged therapy for well-adjusted bipeds. Honey Creek Creamery, located in the Loess Hills of southwest Iowa, offers opportunities for yogis to connect with nature and de-stress in the company of kids and lambs. This blend of nature, yoga and animal therapy has been proven to reduce anxiety and depression, improve sleeping habits, increase memory and mobility and even enhances healing after life-threatening illnesses.
Another unique venue for finding your inner Zen is the Center for Mindful Living, which offers mindfulness classes for multiple skill levels. Dr. Louisa Foster, a psychologist, began practicing mindfulness herself in 1996 during her training. Today, she uses mindfulness with her patients, but stressed, “you really have to have your own practice; this is something that’s a way of life. It’s a discipline that you engage in daily to truly reap the benefits from it.”
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Lotus House of Yoga offers many different forms of yoga. Yoyo Ma, an instructor, explains that the studio offers classes such as Yin Yoga, Hot Power Yoga and even Restorative Yoga. Designed in various routines, each class encourages individuals to honor their bodies and maintain a pace that is appropriate for your skill level. Unlike group fitness classes at a gym, yoga encourages individuals to focus inwards rather than try to compete or outpace fellow classmates.
Halotherapy, or dry Salt Therapy, has gained attention as a natural, drug-free way of enhancing health and wellness. Salt and Spa of Omaha offers these healing benefits in the form of their Salt Room, mimicking the effects of being close to the ocean or a salt mine. Adorned with lounge chairs, soothing music and dimmed lighting, the Salt Room even has a separate play area for kids so that parents can enjoy their practice in peace while soaking in the benefits of Himalayan salt.
Offered all throughout the metro, this challenging form of yoga encourages the individual mind body connection, but it also demands mindfulness from every participant, whether they are the base, flyer or spotter. Incorporating acrobatics and partners into each pose, acro-yogis must maintain their focus in turn with their safety. However, this fun form of exercise is a great way to build strength, mental clarity and form new friendships along the way.
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