In our modern societies today, chronic stress, anxiety and depression seem to be the social norm, the acceptable condition in which "productive" and "successful" humans should be functioning. It is considered normal to be busy and fill your time, to be productive and efficient and when you take time to sit down and relax, it's considered a luxury or laziness. I find this preposterous and extremely damaging to us as individuals but also as a society. “According to the World Health Organization, the disease that robs the most adults of the most years of productive life is not AIDS, not heart disease, not cancer. It is depression” (Tina Rosenberg, “Fighting Depression, One Village at a Time,” The New York Times, July 18, 2012).
There are many treatment options out there, with people using medications to help cope on the rise. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, since 1988 usage of antidepressants has increased nearly 400 percent – to the point where in the United States, one in four women between the ages of 40-59 are turning to drugs to combat symptoms of anxiety, stress, or depression.
Something has got to give.
More and more people are turning to other complimentary therapies as a means to de-stress and relax, to energize and relieve chronic pain (both mental and physical), and to take responsibility for personal health and wellbeing.
The Shakti Mat is one such tool to help you on your journey to wellbeing. As an amazing tool for learning Mental Resilience, The Shakti Mat can be incorporated into your daily routine to help teach you to calm your mind and be kinder to yourself.
Through breath and supportive self-talk, The Shakti Mat becomes a safe place to learn how to more effectively manage emotions and reactive tendencies that contribute to chronic stress, anxiety and depression.
Here is an example of an easy meditation and focus exercise you can do at home:
Allow yourself to be comfortable on the mat (any position you prefer - we recommend standing)
Take a 3 deep breaths as you settle in
Let go and relax on each exhale
Allow your breath to settle down into a relaxed steady rhythm (one that is deeper than your natural rhythm, but not so deep that you're creating tension in the body)
Draw your awareness and focus to the sensations that you feel
Stay here for 15-20 minutes if you can (if you need to come off the mat sooner, take 3 deep breaths first, then make the choice to come up off the mat)