Meditation enthusiast Dipanshu Sharma on the Benefits of Regular Meditation in Daily Life
Meditation can be hugely beneficial in small ways in your everyday life, said Dipanshu Sharma, a meditation and yoga expert and the co-founder and CEO of Meditation.Live. Whether in the workplace, first thing in the morning, or with friends once a week, meditation has genuine transformative benefits on those who practice it. It can help people physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually, Dipanshu Sharma said. Here are four of the impacts meditation can have in your life.
- Reduces stress and anxiety
Stress and anxiety are some of the most common reasons people decide they want to try out meditation, according to Dipanshu Sharma. Mindfulness and meditation have been proven to reduce the stress hormone cortisol, decrease high levels of stress, and reduce symptoms of anxiety disorders.
People with stress-related medical conditions, such as PTSD, IBS and fibromyalgia have seen marked improvements in their symptoms, Dipanshu Sharma said. If a person struggles with anxiety and stress and the conditions it can cause, Dipanshu Sharma recommends beginning a gentle meditation routine.
- Increases attention span
One of the reasons meditation is becoming more popular in the workplace is because it has great advantages at work, Dipanshu Sharma said. One of these advantages is a notable increase in attention span. Since mindfulness involves staying focused and promoting strength and endurance, this mental discipline can carry over into other areas of life. Some studies have found that meditation reverses the patterns in the brain that result in mind-wandering, worrying and not being able to pay attention. Meditation also helps with single-tasking, instead of constantly multi-tasking.
- Improves sleep
Most people agree that a better quality of sleep would be beneficial, Dipanshu Sharma said. What most people do not realize is that meditation can hugely contribute to sleep quality. Those who struggle with insomnia or not being able to stay asleep often find that meditation contributes to better sleep, according to Dipanshu Sharma.
Since meditation aids those with stress and anxiety, it naturally follows that quality of sleep would be improved as well. Meditation focuses on relaxing and clearing the mind of those racing thoughts, making it easier to have a deep, peaceful sleep. Recently meditation.live has added Sleep Stories and Naps to help with sleep.
- Lowers blood pressure
In addition to these mental and emotional benefits, meditation can have an influence on physical health. It lowers the stress on the heart, since it can lower blood pressure. High blood pressure can contribute to heart attacks and strokes, so a simple meditation practice can be effective in measurable ways, Dipanshu Sharma said.
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Meditation.Live Founder Dipanshu Sharma Shares Differences Between Popular Types of Yoga
Which one is right for you? Dipanshu Sharma, founder of the meditation app Mediation.Live, demystifies five popular types of yoga and what they mean.
If you are a yoga beginner, Dipanshu Sharma recommends starting with Hatha Yoga as a great place to start. When you see a Hatha class advertised at your gym or yoga studio, you can expect something slow-paced and introductory. If you do not have much experience with yoga poses, Hatha Yoga is an excellent place to begin, Dipanshu Sharma said. There will typically be stretches and breathing exercises and a chance to learn poses and work on holding them.
Hot yoga has grown increasingly in popularity in recent years. Does stretching and holding poses in a 100 degrees Fahrenheit room sound appealing to you? Hot yoga might be the way to go. The heat can promote fat burning and flexibility as it loosens the joints and muscles, Dipanshu Sharma said. If you see Bikram Yoga advertised, know that this is a type of hot yoga with specific poses.
When you are ready for more of a challenge, Ashtanga Yoga is the way to go, Dipanshu Sharma said. It is more difficult than the beginner’s Hatha Yoga and typically geared toward more athletic people. Ashtanga Yoga is typically a longer session than Hatha Yoga, too.
Iyengar Yoga is another good choice for beginners, Dipanshu Sharma said. It is another style of yoga that is slow-paced and takes the time to make sure you are doing the poses correctly and breathing well.
Kundalini Yoga focuses on the wellness of the mental, physical and nervous energies of the body. In some ways, it is similar to Hatha Yoga, though the core beliefs differ. According to Yoga Journal, Kundalini quiets the mind, gives confidence, and connects with the divine.
No matter what form of yoga you choose, the benefits of regularly practicing yoga and meditation are far-reaching, Dipanshu Sharma said. You can reap mental and physical benefits when you find the type of yoga that is best for you. If you are unable to find a class in your area that offers what you are looking for, check out Meditation.Live, an app that offers hundreds of yoga and meditation classes that you can take in your home or workplace.
Meditation Apps Looks to Future After Year of Growth, According to Dipanshu Sharma
Meditation.Live, a mindfulness and meditation app celebrates its one-year anniversary on July 2019. The app features meditation and mindful movement classes that help participants reduce mental clutter and find true purpose, says Dipanshu Sharma, the founder of the company.
The company has been backed by top investors, including Steve Murry of Revolution Growth, Dennis Phelps of IVP and early investor in Snapchat, founder and CEO of Zoom.us Eric Yuan and many more. Meditation.Live has raised more than $2.5 million from investors, according to Dipanshu Sharma.
The excitement and investment from entrepreneurs has been invaluable in the success and rapid growth of Meditation.live, Dipanshu Sharma says, but the people who use and benefit from Meditation.Live make it all worthwhile, he believes. The company has adapted to what users and companies need in a meditation app, making it a versatile fit for many lifestyles, Dipanshu Sharma says.
Meditation teachers from around the world teach classes on the platform, while doctors, authors, monks and mindfulness teachers are part of the team, working to build Meditation.Live to be the best it can be for its users.
Dipanshu Sharma says feedback from the app’s users is part of the reason for the rapid growth. Meditation.Live offers a variety of live classes in the morning, afternoon and evenings so it suits any schedule. Some people choose to use it in the workplace, while others prefer to practice at home. The platform also offers on-demand audio meditation classes for on the go users and the option to set up a meditation timer with a variety of natural soundscapes.
“The goal of the platform is to make meditation and mindfulness easy to integrate into the average person’s life,” Dipanshu Sharma says. “It creates happier, more purposeful people who can establish a lifelong positive habit.”
Meditation.Live offers a team plan, a corporate wellness solution with a leaderboard and tracking system. Teams also have the opportunity to host live and interactive wellness sessions to help employees thrive in the workplace and in their personal daily lives.
The platform is also affordable— a basic version of the app can be downloaded for free, and an upgraded version for individuals and businesses is reasonably priced. It is important to the company to be accessible to all, Dipanshu Sharma said.
To learn more about Meditation.Live and join in, reaping the personal and professional benefits, visit Meditation.Live. The app is available on the App Store and Google Play.
Corporate Wellness Expert Dipanshu Sharma Shares Corporate Wellness Trends Popping Up Now
Corporate wellness is an increasingly popular concept, as companies seek to find benefits and perks to make their employees happier, less stressed and more productive. The key, many believe, is through wellness initiatives that help employees holistically and address mental health and physical health, said Dipanshu Sharma.
Dipanshu Sharma is the founder of Meditation.Live, a company that offers live, interactive meditation and movement classes for the workplace. He shared some of the trends in corporate wellness he believes will only continue to grow in popularity and will be watching.
Meditation and yoga
Dipanshu Sharma said the practice of yoga, meditation, and mindfulness in the workplace will only continue to grow. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that 1 in 7 workers report engaging in a mindfulness-based activity.
As studies on the benefits of meditation and yoga continue, there will continue to be an increase in practicing it in the workplace, Dipanshu Sharma predicts. The practice can increase productivity, help manage relationships, stress, and anxiety. Technology makes it possible for employers to offer remote meditation and yoga classes, so it is accessible for all employees.
Flexibility for remote employees
As technology makes it easier to work from home or work remotely, more workplaces will allow that, Dipanshu Sharma predicts. Skype, internet chat and the speed of communication mean that there is virtually no lag in productivity when an employee is working remotely. Some studies even find that employees are more productive when working from home than in the office. Currently, more than 5% of workers in the United States work from home.
Mental Health America reported that working from home can reduce work-related stress, create more job opportunities in economically disadvantaged areas and make health and wellness a bigger focus. Wellness programs that are incorporate in-office are likely to extend to those who work remotely as well, so all employees can take advantage of wellness perks.
Taking care of the flu
A corporate wellness focus has been the flu in past winter seasons, Dipanshu Sharma said, and he expects that to continue. Many workplaces offer free flu shots or vouchers to help employees avoid the flu season. Taking sick days or worse, coming to the office and spreading sickness, is counterproductive and can seriously set a company back.
Education on preventing the spread of flu and offering measures to reduce the likelihood of contracting it is essential for companies focusing on wellness, Dipanshu Sharma said.
Meditation.live is a wellness platform with a mission of inspiring 5 billion people to find their true purpose by featuring meditation and mindful movement classes, according to founder Dipanshu Sharma. The classes offered through meditation.live encourage participants to look inward, reduce mental clutter, improve happiness and find their true purpose, Dipanshu Sharma said. The platform also allows students to ask questions of teachers live, increasing opportunities for learning and making meditation.live appropriate even for beginners.
To celebrate this one year anniversary, meditation.live is unlocking all classes and meditations in the app for free for four days, from July 4 to July 7, 2019. People are encouraged to try out meditation.live during this trial period and test out the platform and its interactive classes. The meditation.live app is available on Apple, Google and Samsung stores, Dipanshu Sharma said.
“The platform has seen many phases over the past year, all because we’ve listened and adapted to what users and companies need most from us,” said Dipanshu Sharma.“In a very short period of time, we have reached the number one app for health and fitness in India, have been featured by Samsung in the USA and added several thousand employees via our enterprise health program.”
Dipanshu Sharma said he is proud of the app’s success over the last year, but that he could not have done it alone. “We built an amazing team that is literally global, making meditation.live a 24/7 company, but the time differences haven’t affected our communications,” he said.
Dipanshu Sharma said he is also thankful for the doctors, authors, monks and mindfulness and yoga teachers that make meditation.live the incredible resource that it is. These experts in health, wellness and meditation ensure the meditation.live experience is effective and hugely beneficial to users, Dipanshu Sharma explained.
Hearing from customers who use meditation.live and have experienced the benefits of mindfulness and having a live class available at any time has been rewarding, Dipanshu Sharma said. He is excited to continue to grow the app in the next year and expand the practice of mindfulness and meditation in people’s everyday lives.
Meditation.live is backed by top investors and entrepreneurs, including Steve Murry of Revolution Growth, Dennis Phelps of IVP, Eric Yuan, founder and CEO of Zoom.us and many more. The company has raised more than $2.5 million from investors.
To learn more about meditation.live and take advantage of the seven-day free trial to see what the hype is all about, visit mediation.live or download the app at meditation.live/app.
Apps, Online Platforms Become Popular Ways to Meditate, Says Wellness Expert Dipanshu Sharma
As major depression increases among young people, digital solutions are growing in popularity as well, said Dipanshu Sharma, the founder of Meditation.Live. Apps and websites are looking to meditation and mindfulness as tools to decrease depression and anxiety in users.
According to the American Psychological Association, in the last decade, the rate of people reporting major depression symptoms rose 52% in ages 12 to 17 and rose 63% in adults ages 18 to 25. However, this sharp uptick in depression symptoms was not evidenced in older generations, which some experts believe is due to the rise of digital media, Dipanshu Sharma said.
Though mobile phones and social media may be partly to blame for the rise of depression in young people, it may also play a part in the solution, Dipanshu Sharma believes. One app, Calm, backed by actor Ashton Kutcher, has 50 million downloads to date, according to Yahoo! Finance. The content also has 1 million paying subscribers.
Deepak Chopra followed suit with his meditation app Jiyo, and also has launched a meditation podcast called Daily Breath. Other popular meditation apps include The Mindfulness App, Headspace, Buddhify, and Sattva. These apps offer guided meditations, deep breathing exercises, tips and techniques and more to integrate meditation and mindfulness into daily life seamlessly.
Dipanshu Sharma’s own live, interactive meditation and movement class company, Meditation.Live, has taken off. The wellness platform provides wellness solutions for companies to provide their co-workers with the benefits of meditation, said Dipanshu Sharma. Mediation.Live offers meditation and movement classes, courses, workshops and panels in a live, interactive setting.
“People are looking to apps and websites to help them manage depression and anxiety and achieve better mental health,” Dipanshu Sharma said. “We bring them this experience, whether in their own bedrooms or in a company workspace like Meditation.Live does, and it results in a more productive work environment.”
The benefits of meditation, in addition, to reduce anxiety and depression, include improving leadership skills and personal relationships and focus and productivity, and reducing everyday stress.
“Although technology may be part of the problem with mental health struggles, we are hopeful it will be part of the solution as well,” Dipanshu Sharma said. He said the key is using social media and technology in healthy, constructive ways and recognizing unhealthy patterns in technology use. But apps and websites that foster positive habits and teach beneficial mental health skills can have a huge benefit.
Meditation Guru Dipanshu Sharma Shares Why You Need to Start Meditating
A neuroscientist has found that those who practice meditation have more gray matter in their frontal cortex, which is the part of the brain that is linked to decision making and memory. This research verified what many avid meditators already knew to be true experientially, said Dipanshu Sharma, founder of Meditation.Live.
Those who meditate regularly see reduced stress, better memory, and more mental clarity and focus, said, Dipanshu Sharma. As the body begins to age, meditation can actually slow down the aging process of the brain, keeping you sharper for more years.
According to the study, 50-year-old meditators studied had the same amount of gray matter as those who are only 24 years old, even though most people’s frontal cortex shrinks as they grow older. “Studies suggest that with only 15 minutes of meditation a day, positive benefits can be seen,” said Dipanshu Sharma.
In addition to these positive benefits, the study saw shrinkage of the amygdala in habitual meditators. The amygdala, Dipanshu Sharma explained, is the region of the brain associated with fear, anxiety, and aggression. “When the amygdala shrinks in those who regularly practice meditation, that shows they have reduced stress over time as a result,” Dipanshu Sharma said.
The study looked at long-term meditators who had seven to nine years of experience and showed that they had greater gray matter in the auditory and sensory cortex of the brain, as well as the insula and sensory regions. Maintaining the habit of meditation is key, Dipanshu Sharma said, and there is no better time to start than now to reap these results in older age!
As the study shows, it is not necessary to meditate for great lengths of time each day. On the contrary, it is important to find ways to fit mindfulness and meditation into your everyday routine, Dipanshu Sharma said, which is why he founded Meditation.Live. The company offers more than 180 live, interactive classes every month from world-renowned monks and teachers. The classes are created for the workplace and promote mindfulness throughout the day in short spurts. Many classes are 15 minutes or less.
“Many people invest in not letting their outward appearance age with surgeries, creams, and supplements,” Dipanshu Sharma said. “People need to recognize the importance of slowing down brain aging as well, as even more important than keeping your face looking young.”
Meditation greatly increases focus and productivity, helps manage relationships, stress, and anxiety and promotes deeper relaxation. And neuroscience backs up that it has physical, visible impacts on the brain.
Meditation Expert Dipanshu Sharma Says Mindfulness, Meditation Have Big Payoff for All Ages
In England, 370 schools will now integrate meditation and mindfulness into the curriculum to put a focus on the mental health of young people. Under a government mental health study, in these schools, children will learn to meditate, techniques for muscle relaxation and breathing exercises.
Part of the reason for this change to the curriculum is that a growing number of children are suffering from depression and anxiety and mental disorders. A few schools in the United States have also implemented mindfulness classes and activities, as many people are starting to recognize the benefits forming the habit can have on youth, said Dipanshu Sharma, the founder and CEO of meditation.live.
“Teaching mindfulness to young people addresses negative behavior before it happens rather than after,” Dipanshu Sharma said. “It begins to teach thoughtfulness, calmness and de-stressing practices so it’s less likely for distracting behavioral issues to crop up as often in the classroom.”
Meditation is not just for adults, Dipanshu Sharma said, and not just adults face stress and anxiety. More than ever, children suffer from mental health problems and become stressed, causing them to act out or even become aggressive. Meditation, taught at a simple level that kids can understand, instills in them a habit that will benefit them for the rest of their lives.
Dipanshu Sharma said the model used at schools in England is a good one. Younger students will be taught simple techniques and exercises. The older students will have a deeper dive and more hands-on education, learning about mental health awareness and how to increase mindfulness in their everyday lives. “It’s important to teach mindfulness benefits and techniques at an age-appropriate level,” Dipanshu Sharma said.
Studies have shown that meditation increases focus and productivity, helps people control their emotions and strengthen relationships, sleep better, manage stress and anxiety and relax more deeply. Dipanshu Sharma’s company, meditation.live, focuses on providing wellness solutions and group sessions, mostly for a corporate setting, which enhances the wellness culture in the workplace. Dipanshu Sharma said the wellness culture in the classroom can be improved by meditation in a similar way.
“Meditation increases focus, productivity and reduces everyday stress for all ages,” Dipanshu Sharma said. He added that getting young people interested in meditation at a young age will help ensure the habit sticks and that those students will continue practicing this habit and establishing routines that benefit their mental health for years to come.
Dipanshu Sharma Offers Accessible, Inexpensive Access to Meditation and its Benefits Via Meditation.Live
Overall life expectancy is increasing in humans, but our brains start deteriorating after the first two decades of life and continue degrading with age. Research is being done that may crack what techniques people can use to diminish the negative impact that aging can have on the brain.
Dipanshu Sharma, founder of Meditation.live, said meditation can be one of those techniques that helps the brain stay young and memory stay strong. Meditation and movement have numerous benefits, including increasing productivity, managing relationships, improving sleep, managing stress and anxiety and providing deep relaxation, according to Dipanshu Sharma.
Meditation is not only beneficial, according to research, it is also inexpensive and accessible. With Dipanshu Sharma’s company Meditation.live, people can practice meditation where and when it is most convenient for them.
A recent study examined the link between age and cerebral gray matter re-analyzing in a large sample of long-term meditators and control subjects from 24 to 77 years old. The research, conducted by Eileen Luders, Nicolas Cherbuin and Florian Kurth, showed there is indeed a decline over time with global and local gray matter with age. However, the slope of the regression lines were steeper in the control subjects than in the meditators. Their findings suggest less age-related gray matter atrophy in those who practice long-term meditation.
“Altogether, our findings seem to add further support to the hypothesis that meditation is brain-protective and associated with a reduced age-related tissue decline,” the study concluded.
Additionally, meditation decreases stress and anxiety, Dipanshu Sharma said, which can improve physical health and quality of life. Stress is also linked to many health problems, including heart disease, depression and hypertension. By employing meditation techniques, people will have clearer minds and be able to think more freely and creatively, making more positive contributions at work and in personal relationships, said Dipanshu Sharma.
When it comes to practicing meditation in order to reap these benefits, many people think of a practice that must be done alone, in total silence, at the most tranquil and calm point in the day, said Dipanshu Sharma. However, meditation in the workplace, a place that is traditionally stressful and busy, may actually have more benefits and a positive contribution to individuals, work culture and productivity.
“It’s not often that a 30-minute meeting at the office can leave employees feeling more energized and focused,” said Dipanshu Sharma. “This is an amazing benefit to offer employees to keep them mentally healthy and productive in the workplace.”
Meditation.live is a corporate wellness platform founded by Dipanshu Sharma that provides enterprise wellness solutions and group sessions which feature meditation/movement classes, courses, workshops and panels in a live and interactive setting. Meditation.live gives you access to the best meditation teachers around the world and offer over 180 live classes.
Meditation Expert Dipanshu Sharma Discusses Recent Scientific Study On Meditations’ Impact on the Brain
A study published in Psychiatry Res. found that practicing mindfulness can lead to increased regional brain gray matter density, and meditation expert Dipanshu Sharma believes this is only the beginning of the tangible benefits that can be reaped from meditation and mindfulness being integrated into daily life.
The study used Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in a controlled longitudinal study to investigate changes in brain gray matter concentration after using this mindfulness technique. MRI images were taken from 16 adults before and after an eight-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program, compared with a control group.
After the eight weeks of mindfulness, participants had increases in gray matter concentration in the left hippocampus. Other gray matter concentration increases were seen in other parts of the brain as well, compared to the control group. The results suggest that Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is associated with changes in brain regions involved in learning and memory processes, emotion regulation and perspective taking.
In addition to the mindfulness components themselves, other positive impacts of the classes may be group social interaction, stress education, and gentle stretching exercises, which are fostered in most meditation class environments, Dipanshu Sharma said.
“We now see clearly that the adult brain is capable of change and can respond to training,” Dipanshu Sharma said. “This is not merely anecdotal, but can be demonstrated with images of the human brain.”
Dipanshu Sharma is the founder and CEO of meditation.live, a company that offers live, interactive meditation and movement classes for the workplace. Dipanshu Sharma said the 180 classes have grown in popularity, and people can feel the positive impacts mentally and physically, even if they don’t have MRI imaging of their own brains.
Participants in mindfulness and meditation classes report greater focus, stress relief, better interpersonal relationships, and even better sleep quality, according to Dipanshu Sharma. A dozen teachers at meditation.live have taught at Apple, Google, IBM and other large companies and are committed to helping others live happier, healthier lives through the tools that meditation and mindfulness provide.
Mental and brain health aren’t the only reasons people are finding relief in mindfulness practice, Dipanshu Sharma said. According to Psychology Today, meditation can increase immune function and decrease pain and inflammation as well. Hundreds of studies have been done regarding the benefits of mindfulness and meditation and their ability to improve the quality of life in many areas. Dipanshu Sharma believes everyone would benefit from the power of mindfulness. “Even if you don’t see the benefits right away, you know from science that your brain is being changed on a physical level,” he said.