In the practice of Mat Yoga we intentionally bring mindful awareness to the practice of Hatha and Iyenger yoga. We mindfully attend to the body both in stillness and in movement.
Our classes focus on traditional yogic practices where there is more of an emphasis on the the mind-body connection and less on the exact posture achieved or obtaining the ‘perfect’ pose. This mindfulness transforms movement and yoga into a form of meditation.
Participants new to this way of practicing yoga will discover a way of connecting to the body in a kinder and more conscious manner. Participants will learn a deeper, kinder, more resilient and conscious connection with their mind, body and spirit. There will be a strong focus on self-compassion to ease tension, stress, pain and physical limitations.
Classes will consist of poses and stretches as well as using breathing practices. Instruction will be through the voice with minimal demonstration.
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Are you looking for a safe and gentle, yet effective Mindful Yoga practice that doesn’t have you performing those “pretzel-like” yoga positions? A practice where you can enjoy all the benefits of traditional yoga while being comfortably supported by a chair?
Chair yoga is a wonderful tool that can ‘unlock’ access to yoga for many people who would otherwise not be able to practice. It’s great for people who cannot or choose not to practice yoga on a mat. The chair replaces the yoga mat and becomes an extension of your body allowing you to take full advantage of yoga’s amazing fitness and health potential.
Even if you are in a wheelchair, you can receive the many benefits of chair yoga – all asanas are adapted to the chair which means every BODY can experience the integration of body, mind, and spirit.
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A jorney for the soul
Mindfulness practice can help reduce stress, connect us with a strong calm presence and enable us to act skilfully, cooperatively and compassionately. Practicing as a community will help us all to stay safe, stay connected and remind us of our shared humanity.
Mindfulness means paying attention to, and experiencing the world directly with the 5 senses – feeling, touching, seeing, hearing, and tasting.
The Mindfulness practice is a way to begin, continue or end your day, building up an awareness and appreciation for the moment. In the act of meditation, you must put great emphasis in expressing your intentions, opening your heart and mind and most importantly placing focus on letting go and releasing any negative vibrations you may be harbouring.
Take time out to deepen your practice and refresh the body, heart and mind. Attending a class is a wonderful way to connect with and support each other and ourselves whilst taking care of our wellbeing and community.
Mindfulness happens through ~
- Physiological regulation ~ learning how to calm down and balance your nervous system
- Emotional awareness ~ getting to know your own emotions and how to accept, explore and transform them
- Cognitive flexibility ~ developing more concentration and clarity, and less rigidity in your beliefs and attitudes
- Engagement with values ~ bringing what you care about into how you live
- Behavioural change ~ experimenting with small changes leading to bigger shifts in life.
Cha Dao - Tea Ceremony & Meditation
This is a Guided Mindfulness Tea Meditation involving the ritual of tea — boiling the water, brewing the leaves, and sipping the infusion — its achieved by focusing your awareness on the present moment, while acknowledging your feelings, thoughts, and sensations objectively.
Tea meditation is just another form of mindfulness we can practice easily each day, as the art of meditation is all about the centering of oneself and being in the present moment. Its about creating space in the mind and body. It can be done in whatever way suits you best. While the act of making and drinking tea is something many of us do as a ritual on a daily basis, it is one of the many things we do, that we take for granted. The act of tea drinking is soothing, simple and a mind-awakening experience. As we prepare and sip our tea, we are overlooking the Zen that can be found within tea preparation.
The practice of tea meditation is of ancient Chinese and Japanese origin more commonly referred to as tea ceremonies and is part of their daily spiritual practice. These cultures call tea drinking a tea ceremony, which includes its ceremonial preparation and drinking with mindfulness and connecting it with daily meditation.
The powerful aromas and their calming qualities were used for their medicinal purposes. Even today the health benefits of tea are still being discovered. The art of making tea is the perfect addition to your morning or evening ritual and compliments a sitting meditation.