What is Mindfulness

Mindfulness means

Give attention in a certain way.
Focused in the here and now.
Don’t condemn.
Johan Kabat-Zinn

 

The automatic pilot

In our daily life we do many things unconsciously. You cycle or ride to work on autopilot. Always takes the same route and before you know it you have arrived at your destination. Similarly, we are not always fully present in our daily lives and we do things unconsciously.
You talk to your girlfriend on the phone and unknowingly you are already packing your suitcase and you do not listen with full attention to the story of your girlfriend. So you are not in the Here-and-Now.

By becoming more aware of your thought patterns, emotions and physical sensations, you become more aware and a transformation takes place. You experience more freedom because you start to live more consciously and learn to let go. Your awareness (awareness & consciousness) is increasing and you learn to respond consciously instead of the automatic pilot.

Bodyscan

We practice the body scan. By carefully scanning and observing your body, you come out of your head and into your body. You become aware of the physical sensations and learn to see your body separately from the mind.

Breathe

We practice with the breath. A centuries-old method originating from Buddhism is to consciously keep the attention in breathing. By concentrating on breathing you learn to see your thoughts and let them go, not to grasp them, and in this way you learn that your body is separate from your mind. By practicing with conscious breathing you notice tensions in your physical body, you notice how your breath stops when you startle, or how it increases with stress. You learn to see the pauses between breathing in and breathing out. Your breath becomes like a friend.

Meditation

You learn certain forms of meditation

Samatha = concentration of meditation. Focus on one point, object, breath, inside, outside.
Goal = Quiet

Vipassana = insight meditation. Investigating body and mind.
Goal = gain insight that makes transformation possible.

Samadhi = Nonmeditation. Samadhi is the eighth and final step on the eightfold yoga path from the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Samadhi is the state in which the human mind is completely free from activity around it, and in which consciousness is unhindered by thoughts. Samadhi is described as contemplation, ecstasy, wholeness experience, unification. (Blending into the Brahman, also called Parabrahm, an overarching consciousness that one absorbs.)

 

 

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Ashtanga Yoga

Ashtanga Yoga follows a set pattern. Vinyasas (smooth movements) link together asanas (static positions).
Over time, your practice becomes a meditation in motion.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is living with full attention. Living in the here and now. Being completely awake and observing without prejudice.
Jon Kabat-Zinn
distinguish 3 elements in mindfulness:

1. Focused attention (conscious)
2. In the current moment
3. Without judging (open, friendly)

Integral Yoga

Integral Yoga by Sri Aurobindo & Mother is a combination of Hatha Yoga, Pranayama and meditation to ensure that you get to know your inner self. You work with your attention focused on your crown.

“the power from above”.

Yoga Nidra

Nidra means “Yogic Sleep”. It is a consciousness sleep. There is consciousness without thoughts. It is not a meditation. Rather the opposite. You withdraw your senses and the mind is not concentrated, but rather brought to sleep. You are aware of the fact that you practice Yoga Nidra.

Hatha Yoga

Most modern forms of yoga are branches of Hatha Yoga. It can be described as a system for self-transformation. Balancing body, mind and energy to reduce suffering and increase happiness.

Zuna - Tantra Yoga

Tantra = Accelerate, Weave.
Zuna Yoga is a system after the oldest known living tradition of Eastern philosophy and science. It follows the Tantra tradition of Sri Vidya. Tantra Yoga has its roots in Hatha Yoga. It is the science of being.

Pilates

Pilates is a workout where it is primarily about the perfect control of the movement.
This exercise method promotes control, flexibility, coordination and tone of the muscles without increasing the size.

This is a form of movement based on the subject matter and theory of Joseph Pilates.

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