After many years of teaching and practising yoga and meditation, I often feel liberated with
mindfulness rich days and my classes are always enriched with mindfulness training.
The practise of mindfulness has changed my life in so many ways from calming and balancing,
regulating mood swings, optimising health and weight, feeling less reactive, enjoying more energy,
making better food choices...the list goes on! If you feel that this blog seems beyond you, then
consider simply starting with the exercises below and regular yoga and meditation classes.
Mindfulness will then start to spread it’s wings into your new happy, blissful, empowered life.
Imagine being turned on to LIFE itself all day long? (with only positive side effects)
When life itself becomes a turn on, this is called ‘EROS’ or the dance of the divine. Everything
including nature, food, people, work, play and every minute of your day turns you on. Life itself
becomes a celebration! If you spend your life chronically wishing away the days, weeks and
months to get to your next holiday, party on the weekend, get that new ‘something’ or wait until
your next day off to enjoy your life, then perhaps consider the magical art of m i n d f u l n e s s.
In Mindfulness, when we stay connected to the present moment and enjoy the fullness and the
fruition of the NOW, you start to appreciate the choice to have fun, feel your natural joyful spirit and
celebrate every minute of your day in your own way.
Mindfulness has become the new buzz word in psychology practise, neuroscience conferences,
group therapy sessions, yoga and meditation classes and universities now offering Degrees and
Master programs in ‘Mindfulness’!
So how do we get some of this mindfulness magic and how does it transform our health and
Lets start with your awareness right now. What are you doing? Where is your attention? Are you
fully alert and fully conscious to this moment?
As you read this article become acutely aware of the following
Your body posture
Sounds you can hear or the awareness of silence around you
Sensation of air against your skin
Scents you can smell
Feeling of the rise and fall of your natural breath
Now pause reading after this next line and breathe deeper...take three long, slow,deep breaths to connect even deeper with your body
Now come back fully to the words on the page and pause slowly over each word allowing each word to infuse into your body.
Try reading in slow motion and allowing every cell in your body to accept each word.
MINDFULNESS MAY IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH & LIFE EXPERIENCES BECOME MORE VIBRANT.
Stay with the words, stay on the page, stay with your body, giving your full presence to reading
despite any distractions.
When you deliberately choose to make a conscious effort to stay mindful and conscious in the
moment, you choose to live life as it happens. In turn, your body resonates on a higher energy
frequency and your mind is sharpened, empowering your sense of confidence, direction,
performance and enjoyment. When your paying attention, life flows more easily and experiences
are more vibrant.
Mindfulness is taught in most yoga and meditation classes, however ultimately we experience it’s
true power and benefits when we weave the practise of mindfulness into every minute of our every
5 tips to practise mindfulness during yoga, meditation, exercise and LIFE.
Turn your attention fully inwards to your body.Mentally scan through your body from the crown of your head, limbs, spine, organs down to yourtoes, Simply notice your whole body.
Observe input from your senses. Become fully aware of what you see, feel, taste, smell and hear. Try to observe without judging. Simply allow yourself to notice.
Connect with your breath. It is only possible to breathe in the present moment. Notice the cool air filling up through the nostrils, throat and chest, expanding the whole body with your breath and then slowly releasing as you press the breath out through the nostrils from the base of your throat. Breathe completely until empty of breath. Staying with your breath is powerful mindful awareness.
Use resistance or weakness as a challenge - When you experience physical, mental or
emotional tension or challenges, bring your awareness fully to this point or area. Choose not to
struggle but to breathe deeper into these resistance or challenged points/areas, allowing a flow of
energy with your simple awareness. You will empower yourself on all levels with the focused
energy of your breath.
Be true to your limitations and listen deeply to your body. At the point of straining, sharp pain,
emotional overload or exhaustion, it is better to be truthful and avoid risk of damage (on any level)
or injury by holding back or walking away.
Sit in Stillness Still your eyes, still your body and still your mind. Stillness leads to pure mindful
awareness and deeper states of meditation not rippled by thought or sensation.
(This can takes weeks or months of practice but will be gold in the quality of your life)
This divine experience of mindful awareness is to be fully awake to the richness and potency of
every given moment. Life itself becomes a turn on!