Mindfulness in mental health awareness week

Last week was Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK (11-17th May) and for 2015 the theme was ‘mindfulness’. People familiar with meditation and yoga may already know about mindfulness, especially as there has been quite a surge in interest in mindfulness in the media, in politics, in business etc in the last few years,…

WOW: wishing well

This week in class we practised a simple mindfulness meditation exercise which focuses on feelings of wellness and wellbeing. The WOW phrase stands for ‘wishing ourselves well, wishing others well’. It is important to wish ourselves well if we are to be able to help, support and be compassionate towards others. We can then begin…

10 reasons why yoga is good for you

Why bother practising yoga? Well, there are a number of reasons why, and ways that it can improve your life and lifestyle. Here are just a few that I thought of whilst gardening, in no particular order! 1. It can help improve some physical conditions such as lower back problems, stiff and tight shoulders and…

Music, mantra and meditation, plus daffodils

I’m becoming increasingly interested in sound vibrations and how music, mantra and sound interrelate with yoga, and the associated benefits. I therefore enjoyed a local yoga event entitled ‘Music, Mantra and Meditation – the way of Nada Yoga’ with Rajesh David and Upasana. I have met both these lovely people before at yoga events. I find…

Not limiting yourself

I recently attended a half-day yoga workshop led by Mahenderpal Sorya who had come from London to Ceredigion to teach us ‘moving meditation’. The yoga and meditation sessions themselves were beneficial, but one thing that he said stood out for me. “Don’t let what you can’t do affect (or stop) you from doing what you…