ANAMAYA… Your Ticket to Peace of Mind
by Abbey Algiers
As a runner and yogi, I try to lead a life that leads to optimal health and wellness. I run, do yoga, drink lots of water, and try to eat clean. Now, this doesn’t mean I’m perfect by any means. I screw up all the time in this quest for a healthy lifestyle- in the form of peanut M&M’s, wine, coffee, and other crap that’s placed in front of me. But, I try.
However, I do have one vice that has the power to erase all of my good efforts. What is it? (Like many people in this crazy world) I have a MONKEY MIND that stresses me out and needs some major quieting. The pressure to multi task, work stress, and the presence of so many electronic devices plague me just as much as the next guy or gal. The bottom line is, we all have so much stimuli thrown at us that we tend to go into overdrive, and literally fry our minds (each and very day).
Enter the need for meditation, and the reason why so many experts claim that meditation is the key to living a happy, fulfilled, and peaceful life.
To combat my monkey mind, I have found that running and yoga can be great ways to practice meditation and mindfulness. I know they both have the power to help me reduce stress, and handle whatever life throws my way.
However, I often run with friends or while listening to podcasts (thereby choosing to forgo the silent meditation), and while I love yoga and practice often, I’m the worst at taking advantage of its meditation benefits. For example, throughout class, my teacher will remind us that we are there for a moving meditation. We should “look within” and “turn our minds off,” thinking only of our practice. Consequently, I try to focus on the pose I’m in, but seconds later I’ll have the following thoughts: What should I make for dinner? I hate cooking. Should I make that cashew dish again? Enter my instructor’s directions for the next pose, and I’ll beg my monkey mind to zip it. Then, Hmm, I wonder if I made the cashew thing, if I’d have enough for lunch tomorrow. Speaking of tomorrow- should I wear my new skirt? Will it be too cold?
I think you get the idea. While yoga has been great for my flexibility and general well being, it hasn’t quite cured my monkey mind. Plus, I still get stressed out and can’t quite bring that Zen feeling off the mat.
So, when the creators of Anamaya asked me to do a product review of their meditation app, I was definitely interested. I’ve dabbled in meditation apps, recordings, books, and the like in the past, but never quite found a fit for me. None of the apps I previously explored were as extensive as Anamaya. I was pleasantly surprised to find that Anamaya is so much more than a man with a really great voice (true, btw) guiding you through breathing exercises. As the intro explains:
Meditation is about mind training. Every day, we’re tossed around by our minds: thoughts come up to bother us, to remind us of things we have not done, or other things we should be doing; emotions such as anger and worry upset us. Stress boils up in us. We are constantly bullied by our minds.
Anamaya offers relief from all this.
Further, they explain that when we’re stressed, we rarely make good decision- all we want is to get it done, and get away from the stress.
Anamaya is a comprehensive meditation course for life on-the-go. Featuring over 350 fully-guided meditations with mindfulness and visualisation exercises.The course covers 11 meditation focus areas, including worry, anxiety, stress, pain, sports and pregnancy, with more to come. Plus, learning resources covering the science and psychology of meditation and a beautiful independent meditation timer.
Anamaya has a TON (and by this I mean hundreds) of options for your meditation experience. Why are there a ton of options? Because it’s a meditation course – the makers don’t want this to be just another app on your phone or iPad that falls into the land of lost apps; they want you to make it (and thereby meditation) a part of your life. That’s the whole point. Like all other healthy habits- exercising, eating well, getting enough rest- these aren’t short term fads we should try until we get results. They are activities we need to adopt for the long run. Meditation is no different.
So, if you’re looking for some help along the way to peace and enlightenment, give Anamaya a try. From the narrator’s soothing voice to the beautiful music to the course’s thorough and easily navigated format… this app is worth every penny. If you’d like even more details, head to their website and see how the app has the power to help you lead a more productive, calm life.
Visit the App store today and get those monkey minds in check, folks!