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In yoga, when we practice Mindfulness with willingness, with an intention to observe and to welcome change, it often begins by making and changing shapes within the body. What we notice is not just the change in posture but also a change in tone, allowing us to observe how we feel and how we breathe. This can also affect how we think and how we connect with the earth, having an effect on the tone of the mind, from thinking random thoughts to becoming focused and in tune with our Senses. And there lies within a possibility to find the still zone of inner silence at the centre.


Yoga may be practised seated, standing, lying down, in a chair or in bed. It is adaptable and accessible for our needs at any time of life, whatever age or circumstances. All we need to get started is a body that breathes and a mind that is both willing and curious. Yoga is more than we think or feel, yoga embraces all life as we know it and beyond what we know as the thinking mind.


When we observe the thinking mind in mindfulness meditation we are able to observe the thoughts moving in our head, and the pain in our bodies without judgement of criticism.


Mindfulness meditation asks us to suspend judgment and unleash our natural curiosity about the workings of the mind, approaching our experience with warmth and kindness, to ourselves, to nature, to all living beings, to the planet and to all hearts everywhere.


Mindfulness is available to us in every moment, whether through meditations and body scans, or mindful moment practices like taking time to pause and breathe when the phone rings instead of rushing to answer it. See iRest Yoga Nidra to see the benefits of Meditation.


Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.

While mindfulness is something we all naturally possess, it’s more readily available to us when we practice quietly, if only for a very short time, on a daily basis.


Whenever you bring awareness to what you’re directly experiencing via your senses, or to your state of mind via your thoughts and emotions, you’re being mindful. And there’s growing research showing that when you train your brain to be mindful, you’re actually remodeling the physical structure of your brain.

The Goal of Mindfulness is to bring compassion and kindness into our heart whilst observing the inner workings of our mental, emotional, and physical processes without judgement or criticism. This creates 'space' beyond the body and the thinking mind. It invites a relaxation response from the central nervous system where resting is possible, for mind and body, without getting caught up in the rollercoaster of distress.


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