Namaste yogis and yoginis
The next Mindful Yoga Day at Number 15 will be on Sunday 4th December 11 a.m. to 4p.m. in the beautiful setting of Number 15 in Hoylake where Hilary always provides us with a most delicious lunch and an ambient setting for our yoga and mindfulness practices.
This yoga day is a pre Christmas stress buster and guaranteed to leave you feeling chilled out and ready for the festive season.
Book early to avoid disappointment as places are limited and go quickly!
The Italian Job 2 - Yoga holiday in Puglia, Italy – we are all ready to go and looking forward to a week of yoga, mindfulness, mantra and relaxation! Pictures to come after the holiday!
Yoga classes – classes at Ladymount will be ceasing on Tuesday 11th October as the class is moving to Greasby centre – many thanks to the ladies for being happy to move the class to Greasby.
Classes at Greasby Centre :
New from Tuesday 1st November 7p.m. – 8.15p.m.
All classes are £6
Living in Peace
Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh is a global spiritual leader, poet and peace activist, revered throughout the world for his powerful teachings and bestselling writings on mindfulness and peace.
His key teaching is that, through mindfulness, we can learn to live happily in the present moment—the only way to truly develop peace, both in one’s self and in the world. www.plumvillage.org
Through the practice of Mindfulness we can learn to live happily in the present moment even when those moments become difficult!
We tend to run away from that which is difficult and towards that which we think is pleasant but in doing those very things we are always running and never stopping to be in the present moment as Thich Nhat Hanh explains:
There are many of us who have no capacity for resting, of allowing our body and our mind to rest. That is because in us there is a very strong tendency to do something—running. We have run without stopping in the last four or five thousand years. It has become a habit. We even run in our dreams, during our sleep. So we have to start the practice of stopping. That is why practicing being in the present moment, touching the wonders of life that are present in this moment, is a very wonderful and easy way of resting.
Mindfulness offers us the tools to learn to stop running towards or away from and perhaps instead of dropping beneath the waves and allowing them to pass over us or learning to surf the waves as Jon Kabat Zinn expresses. ‘You can’t stop the waves but you can learn to surf!’
This does not mean that we will become Mindful overnight but rather through practice of noticing. Noticing the breath, the sensations in the body, becoming aware of our habitual reactions and learning that through the practices we can drop beneath or ride above that which has caused the disturbance in our inner self and that which can then manifest in our outer self in the form of anger, resentment, irritation, needing to control things, events or other people. When we allow the outer expression of our not being in the present moment we also affect our body on a physical and cellular level some of which are:
Stomach – nausea, pain, heartburn, weight gain
Pancreas – increased risk of diabetes
Intestines – diarrhoea, constipation, digestive problems
Reproductive system – women – irregular and more painful periods loss of desire and for men impotence
Immune system – lowered ability to fight and recover from illness
Brain and nerves – headaches, feelings of despair, lack of energy, sadness, nervousness, anger, increased or decreased eating, trouble concentrating, memory problems, trouble sleeping, anxiety, panic attacks.
Skin – acne and other skin problems
Muscles and joints = muscle aches and tension
Heart – faster heartbeat, rise in blood pressure, increased risk of high cholesterol and heart attack.
The mind will always be creating thoughts but if we practice mindfulness we can allow the thoughts to become background noise rather than drive what we are doing:
· It takes only a moment to become aware of the breath.
· To count how many breaths we are taking in a minute.
· To feel our feet on the floor and connect to the breath.
· To observe thoughts come and go without being drawn into the thoughts
· To drop into body sensations and feel any tightness, soreness, lightness, heaviness, sensations of breathing, contact with floor or chair, any discomfort or pain, warmth, coolness, itching or twitching, tingling, intense sensations, subtle sensations – allowing an awareness of the sensations without being drawn into why they are there in short without a narration or story to accompany the sensations
Taking a breathing space and dropping into any of the above will create the time to allow perception to change and for us to make an informed response rather than a knee jerk reaction.
All we need then is to keep practising, being firm but kind with the mind and always seeing any lapses that we might make as a NEW opportunity to begin again always of course without judgement. Firm, Kind, Patient, Repetition of the practices which are the tools of mindfulness.
Like the dolphins, we can in time learn to surf or drop beneath the waves!
Happy Mindful Awareness!