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Wellness Week: Meditation for Beginners from Hollywood Stuntman and Yogi, Downward Doug

Here to tell us more about the art of meditation, yoga teacher and Lululemon Ambassador, Doug, qualified as a stuntman 10 years ago after training extensively in martial arts, gymnastics and platform diving.

Since then he has doubled high-profile actors in productions including Mission Impossible, Game of Thrones, The Avengers, Star Wars and more!

Mixing martial arts, gymnastics and yoga he has come up with a yoga flow that is as unique as his background. He is passionate about teaching yoga and mediation and helping others live a life free of suffering.

You can follow his adventures on Instagram @thedownwarddoug

You've almost certainly heard about mediation, but maybe you're not exactly sure what it is, how to do it or how it works.

Below Doug answers these questions as well as giving you some tips to help you get started and reap the multitude of benefits that come with meditation. Let's get started...

First thing first, what is meditation?

In terms of definition:

“Meditation refers to a family of techniques which have in common a conscious attempt to focus attention in a non-analytical way and an attempt not to dwell on discursive, ruminating thought" (Shapiro 1982)

A more casual explanation is simply: a practice of engaging your brain to focus on one thing without judgement in an attempt to let your mind take a break from worrying and daydreaming.

Some key points here are: 

It's a practice:

As with any practice, we try our best, sometimes we fail, sometimes we succeed. As we continue to practice we get better, but we are always practicing.

We use focus:

We try our best to keep our mind on one deliberate thing. So instead of just letting the mind wander with our eyes closed, we choose a subject or object and focus on that. 

We don't judge:

As stated above we are practicing and one of the things we are practicing is being more objective. Seeing things for what they are, without trying to decide whether they are good or bad. We are simply paying attention to something. Like watching from afar. In meditation, we are simply observers.

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