What is Mindful Yoga?
Yoga is a centuries-old guide to healthy living, developed in India to balance body, mind and spirit. Nowadays there is a myriad of styles and approaches to Yoga. Mindful Yoga differs from many modern practices by focussing more on the internal body/mind awareness and the felt inner experience, and less on the external appearance and achievement.
Mindful Yoga requires being fully present and paying attention to when and how we are moving and breathing. It means listening to our body and noticing what is nourishing, how and where our individual limitations are, what is enough and what is overdoing, overstretching or simply too much. Befriending our breath and our whole being supports our movement practice towards a powerful, kind and calm approach.
‘Mindfulness is knowing what you are experiencing while you are experiencing it. It is moment to moment awareness, has the quality of being in the now, a sense of freedom of perspective, of being connected, not judging.’ (Jon Kabat-Zinn)
What to Expect
Mindful Yoga is a synthesis of Contemporary Yoga, Developmental Movement Patterns, Experiential Anatomy, Mindfulness, and Do-In (Self-Shiatsu), which Margaret uniquely integrates into her practise.
Margaret will guide you into mindful breath awareness and gentle restorative stretches and postures. Following this deeply grounding experience, we will naturally flow into the more strengthening poses as appropriate to individual or class requirements.
Rather than ‘performing’ Hatha Yoga, Margaret allows the Asanas (Yoga postures) to ‘undo’ our tensions and stresses by enquiring into our relationship with gravity and breath. Gradually we learn to trust this grounding support and connection. As a result we experience a newfound lightness and fluidity in our movement practice, with stability and calmness in our body and mind, which will flow into our day-to-day lives.
‘Yoga is an effortless dance between Breath and Gravity. Yoga can re-educate the body and bring back suppleness. When tensions leave, the body goes back to its original state and balance is re-established. Practicing Yoga is like a Body Holiday.’
Benefits of Mindful Yoga
Yoga means unity; finding our rightful place in unison with the natural world that flows and breathes through us, moves us, and that we are made of and belong to. By re-connecting our awareness to our soul, spirit and body, we organically realise our innate connection to all life around and within us. Feeling less separated, we easefully can let go of many of our stress related conditions such as anxiety, compulsive overthinking, sleeping problems, respiratory and metabolic difficulties, stiffness, stagnation, blockages, pains and aches, and many more.
‘If we are not fully ourselves, truly in the present moment, we miss everything.’
(Thich Nhat Hanh)
The following are some of the many benefits of the Mindful Yoga practice:
- Helps to cope with life’s challenges and stresses
- Improves quality of life
- Energises and uplifts
- Improves breathing
- Reduces depression and anxiety
- Promotes better self-care
- Helps us to reconnect to our true self
- Improves posture, strength, balance and flexibility
- Relieves back pain and builds muscle strength
- Boosts metabolism
- Relieves headaches and migraines
- Promotes healthy eating habits
- Reduces inflammation
- Increases blood flow
- Eases chronic pain
- Benefits heart health
- Improves sleep and helps to relax
Choose between a one-on-one 60 and 90 minutes in-person Mindful Yoga session, avail of a special offer package, or book an online session.
Classes and workshops available on request.
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