Mindfulness through Movement
“Yoga is a metaphor for life. You have to take it really slowly. You can’t rush. You can’t skip to the next position. You find yourself in very humiliating situations, but you can’t judge yourself. You just have to breathe, and let go. It is a workout for your mind, your body and your soul.” — Madonna
Movement through yoga poses is a form of mindfulness meditation and has been found to promote mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing.
In addition to all the mental health benefits of mindfulness, yoga/mindful movement also builds strength, flexibility and balance in the body, while reducing the risk of injury. It is a great way of coming into, inhabiting and resting in the body, away from the busyness of the mind. It cultivates a greater body awareness, so that we can be alert to early warning signs of illness or changes within the body. Yoga also helps us develop more of an appreciation and confidence in our bodies, that we can often be so critical of in our modern society and gets us out of our heads.
On an emotional level, yoga is an effective way to work with and release emotions (i.e. energy in motion) within the body so that this energy doesn’t get stuck and cause dis-ease downstream. Yoga, as part of a therapeutic approach, can be very helpful in relieving the suffering of bereavement within the grieving process. The yoga breathing can serve as a powerful way to regulate emotions, through stimulating the autonomic nervous system. Breathwork can bring the system back into balance after the triggering of a stress response (i.e. fight, flight, freeze) in the body and so reducing the health risks associated with chronic stress. Other associated benefits include relaxation, optimal lung function, emotional balance and improved sleep quality.
Classes incorporate a mix of breathwork, stretching, yoga poses, and relaxation to suit the group’s needs and abilities.
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