At the end of a recent mindfulness course, one participant who was reflecting on what she had learned, stated: ‘I’m going to stop winding myself up’...
Everyday life provides endless opportunities for us to stop, to focus, to remind ourselves to be fully awake and present to what is happening now. Pick a few ordinary activities from your daily life that you can turn into ‘mindfulness bells’, i.e. reminders to stop, step out of automatic pilot and simply be.
Among the long list of benefits associated with regular meditation, many practitioners report an improvement in their mental clarity and ability to maintain focus. Unfortunately, lots of people struggle to get into meditation and enjoy these and other benefits due to resistance, which can arise from many sources.
Nothing can wake our hamstrings up quite as well as a thorough forward bend. It could be a standing or sitting pose, and even an inversion. But what is it exactly that happens in our body and mind when we bend forward, and how can we perfect getting there?
Backbends, commonly known in yoga as heart or chest openers, are an integral part of any yoga practice. They are invigorating and strengthening, releasing the spine as well as the chest and shoulder area – places where lots of us hold tensions. If practised safely, with an appropriate mindset and warm-up, they can be very exhilarating and freeing, improving our posture in the long term.
People often come to mindfulness wanting to ‘turn off’ their thoughts and to stop the constant brain buzz.
Do you ever have the experience of going to bed really tired, looking forward to a good night’s sleep, only to find yourself wide awake at 3 am? Sometimes, even when we do all the right things – avoiding stimulants, cutting down our screen time, not eating too late etc – insomnia can still kick in.
It’s Summer time, the season of warm days worth spending outdoors. Whatever your favourite activities in the open air are we hope your yoga practice is on that list too. If not, we will help you start.