Mindfulness

Mindfulness


Mindfulness trains you to become aware of what is going on inside you and how your inner world of thoughts and feelings are reacting to the events that are taking place in your external world. Developing this kind of self awareness, you will become more aware of inner disturbances as they arise, this will enable you to take positive steps towards maintaining a positive outlook on life.

Mindfulness is self awareness.

Being mindful helps to anchor you into the present moment and gain perspective on irrational, maladaptive, and self-defeating thoughts. By learning to achieve a state of alert, focused relaxation by deliberately paying attention to thoughts and sensations without judgment allows the mind to refocus.

“Yoga is an awareness, a type of knowing.  Yoga will end in awareness. Yoga is arresting the fluctuations of the mind as said in the Yoga  Sutras (of Patanjali): citta vritti nirodha.  When the mind is without any movement, maybe for a quarter of an hour, or even quarter of a minute, you will realize that yoga is of the nature of infinite awareness, infinite knowing.  There is no other object there.”

Krishnamacharya:

   
Wicklow yoga provides a range of holistic services to help people live a wholesome life. Our classes and therapies are all grounded in evidence-based practices that are nourishing, helping to raise peoples consciousness so you can live a healthier, and happy life. One of the main outcomes of practicing mindfulness techniques such as mindfulness meditation or yoga is over time with regular practice you will experience a greater feeling of inner peace while being able to live fully in the present moment. This will have an immense impact on your overall quality of life. Becoming more mindful naturally leads to a healthier lifestyle. By developing mental habits of paying close attention to our experience we tend to make healthier choices.  
What is mindfulness yoga?

Mindfulness will help to awaken you to your behavioural patterns and help to release life’s daily stresses. Mindfulness will teach you the skills to learn to live a happier life, bringing you into the present moment with more peace. Mindfulness involves a series of attention-training practices and cognitive strategies that can help you untangle yourself from unproductive thought patterns and behaviours that continue to play out. It involves learning to pay attention to the present moment rather than worrying or dwelling in the past or fearing the future. It also involves developing an attitude of kindness towards yourself, as opposed to criticism or judgement.

When we show up in life fully present we see clearly, when we have a peaceful mind and meditate there is neither anxiety or doubt. Quite your mind and your soul will speak.

Mindfulness and meditation is where you can begin to nurture, love and respect where you are at in this present moment, with an open heart and mind you will learn to live a happier, healthier life.

Practitioners say that integrating mindfulness with yoga practice has helped them be better able to deal with the everyday stresses of work, relationships, and finding their place in the world. Mindfulness works because it offers a realistic approach to dealing with life’s challenges.

For anyone who has wanted to try mindfulness but prefers gentle movements rather than sitting still this is the class for you. No previous yoga experience required!

Class Types

This class is suitable for all levels, all abilities, whether you are new to yoga or to mindfulness there is something for everyone. All you need is an open heart and an open mind

Our mindfulness yoga is a gentle vinyasa yoga flow style class, movements will be made up of a number of different yoga postures designed to give you a great whole body stretch combined with mindful awareness and meditations, our classes give you time to step away from the stresses and strains of everyday life so you can leave feeling relaxed and refreshed.

Each week we’ll build on the poses and experience different meditations, giving you practical tools to employ when the world gets a little too overwhelming.

Fitness Levels

Our classes will be based on a ‘within your own limits’ basis, modifications for all postures can be given, you don’t need to have done any yoga before, which means everyone works within their own capabilities. Everyone is unique and we can work together to make sure you get the best out of the class.

What are the benefits of mindfulness?
Helps people to accept their experiences, without the desire to resits or avoid their situation. Including painful emotions rather than reacting to them with aversion and avoidance. Strengthens of your ability to concentrate Reduces stress. Increase empathy which can improve interpersonal relationships. Diabetes Hypertension Mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. Weight problems. Treat heart disease. Lower blood pressure Drug and alcohol abuse. Sleep disorders. Pain management. Obsessive-compulsive disorder. Injury prevention in sport and improves performance.      
What are mindfulness techniques?

Stopping and breathing – Paying attention to the in-breath and the out-breath. If you can close your eyes for a couple of minutes and consciously breath you will notice a difference on how you feel. Concentration – As we concentrate our mind becomes uninterrupted, this improves our focus. By focusing on the breath and allowing the mind to settle our concentration will improve. Body awareness – When our mind is with your body, we are well established in the here and the now. Using your five senses can help bring the mind back into the body. Name three things you can touch- taste – smell – sound – hear. Letting go of tension – When we turn our awareness inwards we become aware of any stress, tension and pain within the body. The body will suffer, if the mind is not present to help release it. Meditation – All mindfulness techniques are a form of meditation. Stay present with each breath, allow your body and mind to stay together. If the mind begins to wander just observe your thoughts and watch them as if they are clouds in the sky floating by without any attachment. Stay aware of any sensations on the body without judgement but without trying to push anything away. Accepting the here and now.    
What is the history of mindfulness?
A key contributor to the spread of mindfulness in the West – Professor Jon Kabat-Zinn – was a scientist trained in molecular biology who had a passionate interest in the potential of Buddhist meditation practices and yoga to relieve suffering. So contemporary mindfulness training has arisen out of the convergence of two very different and distinct lineages – that of Buddhist psychology and practices and the scientific disciplines of medicine and psychology. The scientific paradigm emphasises objectivity, cost-effectiveness of health outcomes and a quest for evidence-based practice – and has been crucial for mindfulness to be able to have found it’s strong and impactful place in the world. The teachings from Buddhist practice bring their profound experiential understanding of the mind and body – providing a useful map for how to investigate the relationship between our ‘inner’ and ‘outer’ lives in order to really understand how to reduce suffering for ourselves and others.

“From the very beginning there was for me one primary and compelling reason for attempting to bring mindfulness into the mainstream of society. That was to relieve suffering and catalyse greater compassion and wisdom in our lives and culture”.

Jon Kabat-Zinn, 2011

Mindfulness Poem’s.

Autobiography In Five Chapters

By Portia Nelson

 

 Chapter 1

I walk down the street.

There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.

I fall in.

I am lost… I am hopeless.

It isn’t my fault.

It takes forever to find a way out.

Chapter 2

I walk down the same street.

There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.

I pretend I don’t see it.

I fall in again.

I can’t believe I’m in the same place.

But it isn’t my fault.

It still takes a long time to get out.

Chapter 3

I walk down the same street.

There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.

I see it is there.

I still fall in… it’s a habit.

My eyes are open.

I know where I am.

It is my fault.

I get out immediately.

Chapter 4

I walk down the same street.

There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.

I walk around it.

Chapter 5

I walk down another street

 

 

 

Always we hope

By Lao Tzu

 

Always we hope

Someone else has the answer

Some other place will be better,

Some other time it will all turn out.

This is it.

No one else has the answer

No other place will be better,

And it has already turned out.

At the center of your being

You have the answer,

You know who you are

And you know what you want.

There is no need

To run outside

For better seeing.

Nor to peer from a window.

Rather abide at the center of your being;

For the more you leave it, the less you learn.

Search your heart

And see

The way to do

Is to be.

What if there is no need to change?

By Oriah Mountain Dreamer

 

What if there is no need to change?

No need to transform yourself

Into someone who is more compassionate, more present, more loving, or wise?

How would this affect all the places in your life where you are endlessly trying to be better, or different?

What if the task is simply to unfold

To become who you are already are in your essential nature –

Gentle, compassionate,

and capable of living fully and passionately present?

What if the question is not,

Why am I so infrequently the person i really want to be?

But ‘why do i so infrequently want to be the person i really am?’

How would this change what you think you have to learn?

What if becoming who and what we truly are happens not through striving and trying

But by recognising and receiving the people and places and practices

That are for us the warmth of encouragement we need to unfold?

How would this shape the choices you make about how to spend today?

What if you know that the impulse to move in a way that creates beauty in the world

Will arise form deep within

And guide you every time you simply pay attention

And wait.

How would this shape your stillness, your movement,

Your willingness to follow this impulse

To just let go

And dance?

From what if there is no need to change?

 

 

 

Enough

by David Whyter 

Enough. These few words are enough.

If not these words, this breath.

If not this breath, this sitting here.

This opening to the life

we have refused

again and again

until now.

Until now

 

 

Wicklow Yoga
Contact us today. We are here to answer any questions regarding yoga classes and therapies offered at our studio and would love to hear from you.
 

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