Why Be Mindful?

Present Moment, Only Moment

Quality in life is not measured by checked boxes but whether you have really enjoyed and been present in your experiences. Mindfulness requires us to stop doing and just be…at least for a moment.

Mindfulness practices can help us to increase our ability to regulate emotions, decrease stress, anxiety and depression.  It can also help us focus our attention, as well as observe our thoughts and feelings without judgment.  As we become more present in our lives and in relation to others, it can help us to make better decisions, to manage our emotions and to be more fully engaged in life.

The first skill is to observe. This is just noticing what we are feeling, thinking or noticing within ourselves. The second skill is to describe what we see or what we experience without judgment.  The third skill is to participate. This means to fully engaging ourselves in the experience.

Embodied Experience 

Physical and emotional stressors affect a healthy mind-body connection. In order to reconnect with ourselves we must slow down. Yin yoga is the therapeutic vehicle used in Mindful Embodied Therapy to deepen your experience of self and find the growth and healing you seek.

In addition to promoting physical health, this style of therapy releases tension and calms the body. Emotional discomfort is always imprinted in the body. Even if you work through personal issues, the residual memory can be stored in the body.

A person may be blocked or stuck with powerful reactions and memories, such as those evoked by trauma, eating disorders, anxiety or medical conditions. Yin yoga and deep breathing can release and heal physical tension and help you not only feel better physically, but alter your perspective and change habitual patterns.

Mindfulness In Action

Given how fast we move each day and the pervasive feeling of needing to “get it all done,” many of us find ourselves stressed, anxious and feeling constantly overwhelmed. By making the effort to be mindful, we can focus on what matters most.

Yoga is an excellent way to develop a practice of self-study. Our attention influences our experience of life. Yoga asks us to slow down and notice what is happening from inside.

The mind will entice you to wander and your ego will quietly kvetch, as your body stresses joints, repairing and revitalizing tissues in the body. So, we listen to the ego’s pleas, assess the complaint, make adjustments and commit to stillness once again. Paying attention like this to the breath, distinguishing sensations, tracking feelings, noticing the likes and dislikes are all part of mindfulness in action.

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