Technology often has a bad reputation for mental and physical well-being.
Dive on the screens of our phones, watch TV, look at our laptops and be exposed to artificial lighting all day,
it’s no wonder we tend to think that technology has a negative impact on our physical and mental health.
However, in addition to the negative impacts of technology, many new technologies have emerged to help us take control of ourselves.
In particular, in this article,
I want to focus on 5 technologies that everyone can use to meditate or practice yoga at home.
It is widely accepted that yoga and meditation are excellent for reducing stress and anxiety and generally helping us to be relaxed and more positive.
Focusing only on our breath and our body in the present, even for a short time – whether 5 minutes or an hour –
is enough to calm our minds and get rid of all the thoughts that revolve around our head in the world modern today.
Yoga is also great for building muscle strength and physical flexibility,
which is especially useful if, like me, you suffer from back pain and stiffness.
Often the problem with meditation and yoga is actually finding the time and motivation to start.
For some people, it’s also having the confidence to try it –
especially in a classroom where you might think people will be judgmental or just better than you.
The 5 technologies can help anyone get the most out of yoga and meditation at home.
1) Practice “Stop, Breathe, Think” with Amazon Alexa
The voice-activated smart home assistant from Amazon is called Alexa.
There are many devices available since Amazon launched Alexa.
They include Amazon Echo (a larger speaker for playing music) and Amazon Point, which is a smaller version without a speaker but can still hear you and respond to commands.
Alexa has thousands of useful skills that can be activated simply with a voice command.
There is a whole range of skills in the Health and Fitness category, including the “Stop, Breath, Think” skill.
You can say “Alexa, open Stop, breathe, think” and one of the various meditation routines will be activated.
The calm and relaxing voice will guide you through guided meditation instead of trying to empty your busy mind in a quiet room.
2) Yoga classes at home with Yogaia
Armed only with a laptop or tablet and a decent Wi-Fi connection, you can now take live yoga classes from home.
The advantage of this service, which is available for a monthly fee (which is cheaper than many individual yoga classes),
is that you get the best of both worlds.
You get the added convenience of watching a video at home and allowing a teacher to see your technique by taking a class.
3) Create the right atmosphere with smart lighting
The problem of traditional interior lighting has always been its hardness.
Incandescent light bulbs encourage our body to think that it is time to be alert and active.
Great when you try to focus on your work, not so good if you try to relax!
The candles are excellent but can be an effort to set up and a potential risk for indoor security.
Now, with smart lights, you can control sunset lighting when you try to do yoga, meditate or sleep.
You can automate them to change them at a given time, use a remote control or even control them with your voice using a smart assistant like Amazon Alexa or Google Home.
4) Download the Headspace app
This application is available on Apple or Android and offers a multitude of ways to practice meditation and mindfulness at home (or wherever you are).
The app offers a free 10-day attention program called “Take 10”.
After that, there is a subscription to access many guided and unguided practices.
Headspace also shares the love by giving a free subscription to a person in need for every person who pays.
5) Invest in a diffuser of essential oils
Yoga and meditation are all notions of breathing, so why not make sure the air you breathe also helps improve your mental and physical well-being?
Essential oils are known to trigger the receptors in your brain responsible for controlling emotions,
and one of the most effective ways to use them is to use an electronic diffuser.
It uses innovative ultrasonic technology to emit oils in a powerful mist that will fill the room with a scent that can help you get the most out of your yoga practice or mediation.
I hope that using these 5 technologies will help you get the most out of yoga and meditation to improve your wellbeing without leaving your home!