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Why do we get distracted when things in life often seem complicated, dramatic or challenging? Yoga Meditation in all our yoga practices teaches how to focus when feeling discombobulated.

A regular 60 min class is helpful. And a 90 min workshop, with a more specific focus helps us to simplify how we think about life.


Awareness


Yoga is the development of Awareness. Whether we are practising yoga, meditation or qigong. When we take a regular break from the noises in our head, it can be like stepping out of a room full of televisions on high volume into nature, or sitting at the edge of the sea watching and listening to sound of the surf as sea waves roll in and roll out. Embracing the nature of air through our breath, taking time to glance up to the sky and breath-in the feeling of its infinite vastness. Noticing how we may be amazed by the beauty and simplicity of the gulls swirling and drifting overhead, hanging out on the thermals.


Thoughts and Feelings


What if we were to take this approach to being with our thoughts and with our feelings? The every day ones or the ones we bring to class? First, we need to acknowledge, accept and welcome that we have these busy thoughts, observe what is arising in the mind field as we step onto the yoga mat or as we sit in the chair to begin our meditation practice.


Beginners Mind


So seated for meditation in a chair, with a beginners mind, the mind of a child, curious, alive, with no judgement, no past experience to consciously refer to but one that is present in every moment to movement of thoughts, sounds, feelings, smells, tastes and breath? Here we may adopt an attitude of simply noticing, of allowing everything to be just as it is while watching whatever is there to arise, fall, change, dissolve or re-form without the need to fix or change anything. Simply just letting it be.


Witnessing


 Once we start to witness, we are in a different relationship with the spin cycle in the head. Instead of being the victim, at the mercy of fast spin, pulling us every which way with thoughts, emotions, memories, to do lists, concerns or fears we become aware of awareness itself and notice that we are now witnessing thoughts, feelings, emotions and stories without entanglement.


As practice progresses, witnessing naturally leads us to being the witness, without the need to get involved, we can release the chains of obsession, anger, hurt, expectations .... here we are able to choose where we place our attention. And it is here that we may choose to enter the deeper practises of working with conflict in the mind with Yoga Nidra, bringing balance to the right and left hemispheres of the brain.


June 18th Inquisitive Playfulness, 1100-1230 Friends Meeting House

June 24 Simpliciity 1815-1945 Tythe Barn Pondtail Road

July 22 Yoga and Qigong TheYoga School Victoria Street


For a more in depth practice iRest Yoga Nidra is a foundational practice within Kathryn's classes at Horsham Yoga. It may be studied in depth via One to One guidance to develop a personal home practice to further self healing or enjoyed as a longer practice in Workshops or Immersions.


Kathryn is a Certified Teacher and Professional Practitioner of iRest Yoga Nidra

Resource: Richard Miller Phd The iRest Program for Healing PTSD



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