Shinrin = Forest Yoku = Bathing Shinrin-Yoku or forest bathing is the practice of spending time in the forest for better health, happiness and a sense of calm. A pillar of Japanese culture for decades, Shinrin-Yoku is a way to reconnect with nature, from walking mindfully in the woods, to a break in your local park, to walking barefoot on your lawn. Forest Medicine expert, Dr Qing Li's research has proven that spending time around trees (even filling your home with house plants and vaporising essential tree oils) can reduce blood pressure, lower stress, boost energy, boost immune system and even help you to lose weight. Along with his years of ground-breaking research, anecdotes on the life-changing power of trees, Dr Li provides here the practical ways for you to try Shinrin-Yoku for yourself.
Discover a slow, mindful way of walking that heals the soul and mends the heart. Let all your senses bathe in the sensory pleasures that woodland has to offer. Forest as therapist: find practical ways to connect deeply with nature. Leave the hustle and bustle behind for a while and fill your lungs with some fresh forest air. Soak up the sights, sounds (or silence) with all of your senses and indulge in some shinrin yoku; the health benefits are extraordinary. Turn off the phone, turn off the TV, close the laptop, lace up your hiking boots, and go outside for what the Japanese call "the medicine of being in the forest", otherwise known as forest therapy. Fresh forest air is filled with cancer-fighting chemicals called phytoncides, which have been found to lower blood pressure and decrease levels of the stress hormone cortisol (if you happen to be crammed in the center of the city, know that a view of a park or other green space can also lower your blood pressure and reduce any muscle tension). When you do get outside, let your senses guide you. What do you see? What do you hear? What do you feel? Let your awareness of your environment recalibrate you. Let your surroundings speak to you. Focusing your awareness on the present moment (while acknowledging and accepting every thought and feeling) is one way to mindfully maximize the moments you spend luxuriating out-of-doors.
The Japanese Way of Forest Bathing for Health and Relaxation
Author: Yoshifumi Miyazaki
Pubpsher: Hachette UK
Shinrin Yoku or 'forest bathing' was developed in Japan in the 1980s and brings together ancient ways and wisdom with cutting edge environmental health science. There are now forest bathing stations and walkways scattered throughout Japan, although the good news is that we can all benefit from this simple practice. Simply put, forest bathing is the practice of walking slowly through the woods, in no hurry, for a morning, an afternoon or a day. It is a practice that involves all the senses and as you gently walk and breathe deeply, the essential oils of the trees are absorbed by your body and have an extraordinary effect on positive feelings, stress hormone levels, parasympathetic nervous activity, sympathetic nervous activity, blood pressure, heart rate and brain activity. In this wonderful book, by the leading expert in the field, science meets nature and mindfulness, as we are encouraged to bathe in the trees and become observers of both the nature around us and the goings on of our own minds.
How shinrin-yoku, earthing, going outside, or simply opening a window can heal us
Author: Alice Peck
Pubpsher: Ryland Peters & Small
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Discover how going outdoors and spending time in nature, from forest bathing to a walk in the park, provides a simple and powerful way to improve your health and wellbeing. What we all know on an intuitive level is a scientific truth: the simple act of going outside is good for us – really good for us. It has been shown to have a positive effect on a huge number of health conditions and issues, from diabetes to depression, anxiety to arteriolosclerosis. Down-to-earth and relevant, The Green Cure shows you that you don’t need a lot of fancy equipment or holidays to heal your body and mind. An afternoon stroll among trees in the park, a dip in the ocean or sinking your bare feet in the mud might change your life! Each chapter combines anecdotes and literature alongside recent medical and scientific discoveries to show how nature can heal us. The book also includes ‘prescriptions’ for how to use the information in realistic, easy ways, so you, too, can enjoy the beneficial shift within that simply going outdoors can bring you.
Release on 2020-06-02 | by Hector Garcia,Francesc Miralles
The Rejuvenating Practice of Shinrin Yoku
Author: Hector Garcia,Francesc Miralles
Pubpsher: Tuttle Publishing
Shinrin Yoku: "taking in the forest atmosphere," the medicine of simply being in the forest, "forest bathing." From the healing properties of phytoncides (self-protective compounds emitted by plants) to the ways we can benefit from what forest spaces can teach us, Forest Bathing: The Rejuvenating Practice of Shinrin Yoku discusses the history, science and philosophy behind this age-old therapeutic practice. Examples from the ancient Celts to Henry David Thoreau remind us of the ties between humankind and the natural world—ties that have become more and more elusive to Westerners. This book explains the traditional Japanese concepts that help readers understand and share in the benefits of the Japanese approach to forest bathing—a cornerstone of healing and health care in Japan. These concepts include: Yugen: Our living experience of the world around us that is so profound as to be beyond expression Komorebi: The interplay of leaves and sunlight Wabi sabi: Rejoicing in imperfection and impermanence The book goes on to offer guidelines for finding our replenishment in these peaceful, isolated spaces—from turning off the phone (or leaving it at home) to seeking the irregularities in nature, which in turn can make us less critical of ourselves. Finally, it offers tips not only on being fully present and mindful while you're in the forest, but also on how to take that mindfulness home with you—even if that home is the busiest and most crowded of cities.
Release on 2019-07-01 | by M. D. Bartlett Hackenmiller
Using Shinrin-Yoku to Hike, Bike, Paddle, and Climb Your Way to Health and Happiness
Author: M. D. Bartlett Hackenmiller
Pubpsher: Rowman & Littlefield
The first and only guide to shinrin-yoku for the outdoor adventurer! With techniques tailored for hiking, mountain biking, paddling, climbing, trail-running, and cross-country skiing, this is the definitive guide to applying the healthy and rejuvenating practice of forest bathing to your favorite activities. Forest bathing techniques have been largely limited to use while walking and hiking, but now The Outdoor Adventurer’s Guide to Forest Bathing will guide mountain bikers, paddlers, trail-runners, cross-country skiers, and climbers as they reap the benefits of forest bathing while enjoying their favorite activities. With invitations tailored for each specific sport and stunning color photography throughout, this book will enhance the outdoor enthusiast’s love of the outdoors while improving their overall wellbeing. Inside you'll find: Sport-specific invitations to enhance the benefits and enjoyment of each activity Information on trail stewardship, Leave No Trace principles, and best practices while out on the trail, waterway, rock, or route Athlete testimonials from each sport’s most successful stars, highlighting their own experiences using mindfulness in the outdoors Sidebars discussing foraging techniques, mental and physical health benefits, neurodiversity, and many more topics The Outdoor Adventurer's Guide to Forest Bathing is the only book you'll need to get up, get out, and feel better!
Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Bathing) is a form of nature therapy that originated in Japan. "Taking in the forest atmosphere" is about tuning into nature - opening up your senses and engaging with the sights, sounds and smells of your surroundings. Research has shown that spending time with nature has helped people to reduce stress, anger, anxiety, depression and sleeplessness. Journal specifications - 6" x 9" / 15.24 cm x 22.86 cm, 120 pages / 60 sheets.
The succinct guide to Forest Bathing!People used to live closer to nature. Writers have for hundreds of years extolled the benefits of being immersed in the beauty of the natural world. We extol the cowboy on his rolling hills, the woodsman beneath his leafy canopy, and the fly fisherman lazily casting flies from midstream. But now more than ever, we isolate ourselves from the very environment which produced us, and it is taking its toll. In the early 1980s, Shinrin Yoku, forest bathing, sent nature-starved city dwellers into the forests of Japan laden with devices to monitor their heart rates and brain waves. The results were positive. Over the years, the technology has gotten smarter and the pool of data has grown into an ocean of the evidence we should have known intuitively: Being outside is good for us.But since then, a cottage industry has sprung up around forest bathing. People are spending thousands of dollars to become certified in the art of instructing their "students" to lay underneath trees and look up at the sky. And their students are paying hundreds of dollars to lay beneath those trees. I could have signed up for and taken these classes, printed business cards, and frisked you for money to go with me into the forest. I'm so adept at walking on trails and laying beneath trees, they once sewed an Eagle Scout badge on my BSA uniform. But I'm not going to charge you hundreds of dollars to follow me into the forest. I wrote this short, powerful guide for you instead, and it's yours for a song.
The sonnets of Betsy Hughes take us all over the world, from antiquity to now, from the horrors of mass shootings to the serenity of a forest. These journeys offer, in the elegant sweep of her verses, a captivating new vision of our environment and ourselves. You will never look at things in the same way or feel the same way about your life once you read this book, for you will have traveled to the depths and the heights of the human heart.
This is a collection about the Japanese principle of Shinrin-Yoku, which translates roughly into "forest bathing." The concept is that by going into the forest alone, without technological devices, one can restore themselves mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. A very dear friend gave me a book on Haiku because I was interested in the style. I was lucky enough to move to an area profuse with natural and wild settings after the beginning of the book, as park spaces were unable to give me the isolation and disconnection I required to restore my soul. This is my journey to finding and falling in love with me. Award Winning poet, Rebecca "Loves Assassin" Cuevas De Caissie, has work published in multiple anthologies throughout the world and three personal collections: the romantic Lamentations of the Caves, and Echoes of the Caves (featuring a form of poetry created by Rebecca called Simpatia), and duality of Fire and Ice, two collections: Darkness, a dark romance, and the long-awaited An Arcadian Love's Song, an epic poem about raw heartbreak and human condition of failed love. Rebecca currently serves as the NB Chair and Youth Director for the Canadian Federation of Poets, editor for the Poetry of Youth Anthology, was The Canadian Federation of Poet's Poet of the Month in August 2008, World Famous Poet Societies most Promising New Poet 2001, Most Prolific New Poet 2002, and Most Original Poet 2003 from Poetry.com, and Poet Laureate for the Blue Cottages in Nova Scotia. You can follow her on Facebook at: http: //www.facebook.com/RebeccaCuevasDeCaissieLovesAssassin.