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Midweek Mindfulness Wednesdays 12.30 – 1.30pm

A mid-week mindfulness retreat to reset and refocus with meditation, restorative yoga and yoga nidra, Wenesdays 12.30 – 1.30pm

Whenever we bring awareness to what we are directly experiencing via our senses, or to our state of mind via our thoughts and emotions, we are being mindful. When we practice mindfulness, we tune into what we’re sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future.

We all have the innate ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we are doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what is going on around us. While mindfulness is something we all naturally possess, it is more readily available to us when we practice on a daily basis.

With some guidance and training, mindfulness can develop into a way of living that brings greater focus, presence and effectiveness as well as kindness and caring into everything we do. Both science and experience demonstrate how being mindful brings positive benefits for our health, happiness, work, and relationships. And there is growing research showing that when we train our brain to be mindful, we are actually remodeling the physical structure of our brain.

Mindfulness is not obscure or exotic. It is familiar to us because it is what we already do, how we already are. It takes many shapes and goes by many names. In this weekly class we will explore various meditation techniques and other practices such as yoga nidra, restorative yoga and breath awareness

Meditation can be defined as a practice where we focus the mind on a particular object, thought or activity, to achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm state. In class you will mainly be guided through different meditations but there will also be opportunities to practice short silent meditations.

Yoga nidra, or yogic sleep as it is also known, is a specific meditation technique where we rest comfortably in Savasana (or similar), the body completely relaxes, and we become systematically and increasingly aware of the inner world. Only our sense of hearing still connects us to the outer world as we listen to instructions. This state of consciousness (yoga nidra) is different from meditation in which concentration on a single focus is required. Yoga nidra is among the deepest possible states of relaxation while still maintaining full consciousness.
Restorative yoga is simply that – restorative. It is the centering of your breath and body – aligning the physical and mental by practicing stillness or gentle movement for extended periods of time. We will use props to rest into the poses for longer time periods.

Benefits of mindfulness practices not already mentioned include:

  • Deepening relaxation.
  • Calming the mind.
  • Balancing the nervous system.
  • Boosting the immune system.
  • Enhancing mood states.
  • Developing and cultivating compassion and understanding toward others and self.

And it really can be easy:

  • Anyone can practice mindfulness.
  • You cannot practice mindfulness incorrectly.
  • It’s a simple way to reduce stress.
  • Mindfulness offers the opportunity to learn more about yourself.

Want to try mindfulness but not sure where to begin? This class will show you how to start, feel better, reduce your stress, and enjoy life a little more. If you already have a regular practice but would like to benefit from the shared experience come along too. The class is open to all.

Booking is recommended but feel free to come along to try it out.

For more information or to book contact Ramona:

07966 741 296

info@bodyorchestra.com

 

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