How to practice mindfulness with your yoga practice?
Have you ever caught yourself drifting away? Your mind takes you away from the present moment, like a little escape from the reality. This happens during your yoga practice too, isn’t it? Like your brain doesn’t allow you to release all the pressure of your day? Don’t worry we will help you to catch the beauty of the moment and to be present.
Mindfulness is the ability to be fully present, aware of where you are and what you’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around you. The state of being conscious and aware of the moment and the feeling it gives you right now. Having good control over your attention is the key to mindfulness. Bringing this to your yoga practice will help you to feel your body, to underspent and realise all the feelings that your practice is trying to teach you.
Yoga teaches us to be in the moment to empty our mind and focus on us. That difference between yoga practice and gymnastic is mindfulness.
Yoga is everything between the gym and the monastery. In yoga we are presently focusing on our breathing, our mind is centred on the sensation that every pose brings to our body. Releasing all the pressure and stress. Enjoying absolute present.
Absorb the moment
The moment you set foot in your yoga studio left behind everything that you have on your mind. Set an intention to become more mindful at the beginning of your yoga practice. Before the beginning, set up your mat, feel it and arrange it with a deep focus. The next hour this will be your personal place, your zone of comfort. Taking several deep breaths can increase oxygen supply and refresh up the brain. Slowly and gently begin to tap into your own experience. Feel the room, the air, the fabric of your clothes touching your body.
Let go of any agenda
Resist the urge to compete with others. This is your practice, your experience to focus on yourself. Do your best to stay connected to what makes the most sense for you in every pose. You are not there to prove anything to anyone. You are here for you, to get in touch in your deepest self, to relax and feel free in your thoughts.
Be kind to yourself
Practise mindfulness by bringing awareness to your emotions and staying in the ‘present’ with them. Chose to pay attention with curiosity, kindness and acceptance to your emotions and movements in each pose. Notice when you need to rest or modify and do it. Don’t try to catch up with everyone’s temp, find your perfect speed in each pose, so you can become aware of it. Don’t push yourself if you can’t do the pose perfectly. Stay connected to your breath and notice when you need to stop and take a break. Yoga is love to the body and accepting who you really are.
Sink into the Savasana
Allow your body to totally relax and let the mind do what it does. The idea of Savasana is to let your body to physically relax. Savasana is perhaps the most important part of yoga practice. It is also considered the most difficult pose, because of the deep focus of yourself and letting go of every thought and just enjoying the sensation of the moment.
When you do your yoga practice you so focus on your breathing, you have a sensation of an absolute present. That is so satisfying. Listening to your thought, enjoying your moments of you and your body, enjoying the absolute present.