meditation and yoga


Relaxation response techniques, including Yoga and Meditation can reduce the use of health care by 43%.


Yoga and meditation

According to recent studies relaxation response techniques, including Yoga and Meditation could reduce the use of health care by 43%. Practicing Meditation, Yoga or Thoughtful Breathing can put the body into a state of deep rest relieving anxiety and stress as well as lowering blood pressure, heart rate and increasing oxygen consumption which contributes to the development of healthy cells.

For a detailed review of academic studies about Yoga and Meidtation visit: Havard Gazette.





Relaxation response techniques, including Yoga and Meditation could reduce the use of health care by 43%.



Meditation is an ancient practice that helps train the mind to achieve consciousness (state of awareness of oneself). Meditating helps clearing the mind and putting the brain to rest, it induces a deep state of relaxation and it is a powerful way to get rid of stress and worries and to increase concentration and focus. There are many meditation techniques to suit each individual need.

Health benefits of meditation:

Increases Immunity: relaxation through meditation can boost the immune system and reduce risk of cancer recurrence and increase natural killer cells.

Emotional balance:
meditation helps to put the brain at rest and to achieve hormonal balance.


Relieves Irritable Bowel Syndrome: meditation has been recommended as a treatment by the State University of New York, since it significantly reduced the symptoms of bloating, diarrhoea and constipation.

Lowers blood pressure: meditation lowers blood pressure by making the body less responsive to stress hormones in the a similar way pressure lowering medication works.

Anti-inflammatory: inflammation caused by stress can lead to other serious health conditions; meditation helps prevent inflammation by relaxing the body.

Can increase fertility: several studies have found women are more likely to conceive when they are relaxed, stress can also reduce sperm count and mobility.

A beginner’s guide to meditation: some tips.

Remember there are many types of meditation to suit individual needs; we will focus on breathing meditation:

Do not complicate it, it is a very simple idea: focus on your breathing.

Find something comfortable to sit on, it can be a chair, which is great for beginners, it can be a cushion (try a meditating cushion called zafu) or it can be a meditation bench.

Use a timer, you can download apps or use the timer on your phone, but make sure to put a set time for your meditation period.

Keep your back straight at all times, even if you are in a chair do not rest your back on it.

Some people recommend meditating with your eyes open, especially for beginners.

Silent meditation is not the only option, follow the links below to try some guided mediation.


Relaxation response techniques, including Yoga and Meditation can reduce the use of health care by 43%.



Yoga is an ancient physical, spiritual and mental practice that originated in India, it focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to achieve mental and physical wellbeing and balance. Normally a Yoga session will consist on going through different postures and breathings that are designed to increase strength and flexibility.

Health benefits:
- Balances the neurological system.
- Relieves stress.
- Improves posture.
- Increases focus mental clarity and sharpness.
- Stimulates creativity.
- Builds strength and flexibility.

FREE Yoga Classes on Campus:

Hatha Yoga.
Class suitable for all levels and abilities.
Join the Hatha Yoga classes every Tuesday 12:15 – 12:55
Where: Chaplaincy Centre
For more information contact Gillian Kerr 01224 438948

Hatha Yoga.
Class suitable for all levels and abilities.
Every Tuesday 17:30 – 18:30
Where: Suttie Centre, room 402
For more information contact: suttiecentre@abdn.ac.uk


Aberdeen City

Brahma Kumaris logoBrahma Kumaris Aberdeen:
Founded in 1937, Brahma Kumaris is a worldwide spiritual movement that offers guided meditation, seminars and retreats at no cost. Join a variety of seminars and workshops including positive thinking and meditation fbeginners. They have an infinity of guest speakers and teachers renowned worldwide and a lot of resources to share.
For more information visit: Brahma Kumaris.

buddhist groupThe Aberdeen Buddhist Group:
The Aberdeen Buddhist Group is an independent group with the aim to help the people of Aberdeen practice Buddhism; they hold weekly meetings as well as a variety of seminars including introduction to meditation and introduction to Buddhism.
For Information visit: The Aberdeen Buddhist Group.