Present Moment, Only Moment
Life is not measured by checked boxes but by whether you have been present in your experiences. A mindful practice helps us to slow down and just be. When give ourselves a moment to relax, new information comes available. We learn how to regulate emotions and find ways to decrease stress. It allows us to 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, we make better decisions and to become more 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.
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.
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.