- What is Mindfulness?
- What are the benefits of breathing exercises?
- What are the benefits of Yoga practice?
- What is Meditation?
- What psychology do you cover?
- Do I need to bring equipment?
- What do I wear?
- I have a medical condition?
- I am a complete beginner?
- I want to ask a question
What is Mindfulness?
What are the benefits of breathing exercises?
What are the benefits of Yoga practice?
What is Meditation?
What psychology do you cover?
Do I need to bring equipment?
What do I wear?
I have a medical condition?
I am a complete beginner?
I want to ask a question
Mindfulness is an approach which can help us to manage our minds and thoughts, or simply to gain more enjoyment and appreciation from life. It involves learning to give our full attention to what is happening in the present moment – to what’s happening in our body, our mind or our surroundings in a non-judgemental way. Mindfulness describes a way of approaching our thoughts and feelings so that we can become more aware of them and respond more effectively. It also allows us to give our full attention to the things that matter to us and to let go of worries and habitual thinking patterns that may be hindering us.Back to top
In yoga, breathing exercises are called pranayama. They involve a combination of inhalation, exhalation, pauses, and holding of breath either in a sitting or lying position. When we breathe in a controlled, rhythmic way the lungs fully inflate and deflate. This improves intake of oxygen and expiration of carbon dioxide. A focus is placed on how to use the diaphragm (our main breathing muscle) without causing tension. The benefits of practice include regulating blood pressure, more energy, improved digestion, improved metabolism, improved immune response, feeling rejuvenated, feeling centred and focussed, a calm and relaxed manner.Back to top
In yoga, postures are called asana. They are practiced standing, sitting, balancing, lying prone or on your back, kneeling and inverted (upside down). Some types of yoga focus on a more fluid practice (moving from one posture to another) and others focus on holding individual postures. In yoga asana, body and mind are integrated. As you learn how to create space in the body so you create space in the mind. Focussing on alignment, extension, direction, balance of weight in a posture helps the body to become more integrated. Our hips become stronger and more supple. Our inner organs are cleansed through twisting and bending. Our spine gets a good stretch and feels decompressed. Our legs become more grounded and stable. Regular practice of yoga asana can rid the body of many aches, pains, medical conditions and illnesses.Back to top
There are many styles and types of meditation. And all authentic forms of meditation should yield some common benefits, such as stress reduction, increase of clarity and presence, feelings of well-being and so on. Meditation can be defined as a practice where an individual focuses his or her mind on a particular object, thought or activity to achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm state. Meditation may also be used to reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and pain. It is also used as a practice to develop a greater relationship with ourselves, and about personal growth and healing. For others, it’s about awakening and transcendence. It may be done while sitting, lying down, walking, repeating a mantra, and closing the eyes in a quiet environment. Over time you may also change and develop your practice, as your needs change.Back to top
Areas covered will be drawn from positive psychology, Eastern and Western philosophies (Buddhism, Taoism, Stoicism, Yoga, Jungian Archetypes, CBT, NLP and more).Back to top
For yoga postures and breathing work all equipment is supplied. You are welcome to bring your own yoga equipment.Back to top
Yoga is practised in bare feet. Wear loose clothing that you can stretch comfortably in. For the mindfulness workshops casual clothing is fine.Back to top
If you are concerned that your condition may prevent you taking part then please contact us before booking your place.Back to top
Beginners are always welcome. Our classes are tailored to meet individual needs.Back to top
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