Drumming is the simplest thing we can do to come together and unite in peace, harmony, and love. It is a natural expression of who we are and allows us to build unity and community by expressing the essence of the rhythms within us. It is truly a celebration of life.
The only prerequisite for our drumming sessions is the desire and ability to have fun. The health benefits are enormous. It increases heart rate and blood flow just like an aerobic exercise, increases energy and joint mobility, improves immune systems, decreases stress and anxiety and is definitely guranteed to put a smile on your face.
I have been drumming for 15 years now, and it has had a huge impact on my health and well-being. That is why I was drawn towards sharing this with other people. I have also worked on and off with seniors for 15 years, and really enjoy the time I spend with them. For me the two go together like bread and butter or peaches and creme.
No need to have a drum as I bring some drums and percussion instruments with me.
“Meditation, especially for people who don’t know very much about it and think it’s this very hippy dippy thing, can really be powerful, terrifying even, as it lifts the rug up on your subconscious and the dust comes flying out.“
I facilitate a weekly senior’s meditation group, and we have been meeting regularly for 3 years now.
Meditation is something we can learn at any age. We don’t need any special equipment other than a quiet place and a comfortable chair or mat to sit on.
The breath is the only link between the outer world, the world of events, the world of activity, and our inner world, the world deep within where we find our dreams, our desires, and our aspirations. In meditation, it is deep inside this inner world that we travel to. And it’s the breath, like a river of energy, a river of life, flowing ceaselessly through
From the moment we take our first inhalation to the moment we have our very last exhalation, breathing supports every experience we have. Learning to regulate our breath will calm, balance, cleanse, and invigorate our body-mind, which will create and maintain wellness in our life.
One of the first things we relearn as we study yoga or meditation is the technique of deep or belly breathing. I say relearn because as babies, that was how we used to breathe, it was natural; it’s only as we get older and more stressed that we become shallow chest breathers. Shallow breathing draws in less oxygen, forces our heart to work harder, and actually mimics the bodies stressful “fight or flight “ response.
Doing some belly breathing, even 5 minutes a day, will have a major impact on our energy levels and overall health. Sometimes putting your hands on your belly makes it easier to feel the movement. When you breathe in, feel your belly move out into your hand. When you breathe out, feel your belly moving back towards your spine.
It can be easier if you are lying down, you can also do it sitting, standing, or walking. This is a great practice to try before you get out of bed in the morning or at bedtime to help calm your nervous system before sleep.[ Placing a book on your belly is a good way to help you feel that up and down movement.] It’s also really good to work with whenever you are anxious or tense.