Why movement, meditation and balance are worthy pursuits



Meditation serves as a mental workout, allowing individuals to strengthen their ability to direct and sustain attention intentionally. By engaging in mindfulness practices, one learns to observe thoughts without judgment and gently guide the mind back to the present moment. This practice enhances self-awareness and cultivates the skill of refocusing, which is valuable for maintaining concentration. Over time, meditation can help manage restlessness and impulsive thinking, leading to improved cognitive control.

Movement & Exercise:

Physical activity acts as a neurotransmitter booster for the brain, regardless of one’s cognitive makeup. Exercise releases endorphins, dopamine, and norepinephrine, contributing to mood regulation, attention, and cognitive function. Regular physical activity not only boosts mood and energy levels but also primes the brain for optimal focus. It improves cognitive flexibility, working memory, and attention span, making it a powerful tool for honing concentration skills.

Balancing Exercises

Balancing exercises have a remarkable impact on enhancing focus ability through a combination of neurological, cognitive, and physiological mechanisms. Let’s explore how these exercises work to sharpen your focus:

Neurological Activation: Balancing exercises engage various neurological pathways and networks in the brain. The intricate coordination required to maintain balance activates the cerebellum, responsible for motor control and coordination. This activation sends signals to other brain regions, including those involved in attention and concentration. The heightened neural communication that occurs during balancing exercises stimulates overall brain function, which translates into improved focus and cognitive performance.

Mind-Body Connection: Balancing exercises encourage a strong mind-body connection. As you work to maintain balance, you become acutely attuned to the sensations in your body, the positioning of your limbs, and your spatial orientation. This heightened awareness fosters mindfulness—a key element of focus. By training your mind to stay present and attuned to the subtle shifts in your body, you cultivate the skill of focusing on the task at hand with heightened clarity.

Cognitive Control: Balancing exercises require cognitive control and concentration. As you balance, you must regulate your breathing, focus on a fixed point, and make minor adjustments to maintain stability. This cognitive engagement hones your ability to direct your attention, a skill that directly transfers to other tasks requiring sustained focus. Over time, practicing balancing exercises refines your cognitive control, making it easier to concentrate on complex tasks for longer periods.

Neuroplasticity: Balancing exercises contribute to neuroplasticity—the brain’s ability to reorganize and form new connections. As you challenge yourself with different balancing postures, your brain adapts by strengthening the neural pathways involved. This process enhances overall brain flexibility and adaptability, leading to improved cognitive functions, including focus. Think of it as mental cross-training; the brain becomes more adept at switching between different modes of thinking and maintaining attention.

Stress Reduction: Balancing exercises often incorporate relaxation techniques and deep breathing, which help reduce stress and anxiety. Lower stress levels have a positive impact on focus and attention. When stress is reduced, the brain can allocate more cognitive resources to the task at hand, allowing for heightened concentration and mental clarity.

Incorporating balancing exercises into your routine creates a powerful synergy of cognitive, neurological, and physiological benefits. As you refine your balance and stability, you simultaneously refine your ability to maintain focus, think clearly, and engage with tasks more effectively. This holistic approach to enhancing focus demonstrates the interconnectedness of physical and cognitive well-being, ultimately leading to a more attentive and centered mindset.

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About Michelle

Hi I’m Michelle Marsh and I am a coach, therapist, Kundalini Yoga teacher and lover of life.

As Mum with ADHD and highly sensitive person who is also a sensation seeker, I understand what it’s like to have your sensitivity running your life instead of aiding it. But I also know from experience that there is light at the end of the tunnel if you are willing to do the work. For myself, I was never afraid of doing the work… I just couldn’t work out WHAT to do! After years of searching, a few burn outs/breakdowns and intense study I became clear on what works and what doesn’t.

But I am not just sharing with you from an experience point of view. I am also teaching from a professional stance as someone who has studied and integrated teachings from biological, psychological and esoteric traditions. These include Creative Therapies, Kundalini Yoga (KRI), Registered Nursing, Clinical Hypnotherapy, Plant Medicine and Natural Living.

I combine my naturally enthusiastic belief in EVERY BODY  with my natural empathic talents to provide you with just the right amount of space and direction so you can go deep and resurface anew.

During the time that I am your coach, I will not leave you hanging between sessions as I am available via email to answer questions and provide support as needed.

If you are unsure whether working with me is right for your unique circumstances, please reach out and I will help you to find clarity. I don’t do sales calls so our chat will be very casual and I will refer you in the right direction if I see that Aromanosis is not right for you at this time.

Michelle Marsh

Registered Counsellor (ACA)

Registered Kundalini Yoga Teacher (KRI)

Bsc (Nursing), Grad Dip Creative Therapies, Kundalini Yoga Teacher Cert, Clinical Hypnotherapy Cert