Yoga, Meditation, Relaxation and Stress Relief.
The perfect way to counteract the busy stressful life can be a few minutes peace and stillness. This is easy in principle but for a lot of people all that happens when they try to switch off, is that the internal chatter becomes louder! The feeling of frustration when you are trying to sleep and the mind won’t settle down, or when the worries, fears, planning and making of lists just won’t stop!
There is a way to still the mind, to learn to focus and settle the mind gracefully on concentration rather than mental disorder.. Not the ‘stopping of thinking’ but the focusing of thoughts.
If you have ever concentrated on an activity to the exclusion of everything else, when time just passes by, then you can meditate. If you have ever had worries or feeling of panic or fear that threaten to over ride your logic, then you can meditate. We can all learn to still the mind, to focus, to concentrate; to meditate.
The benefits of meditation are numerous; physical and mental, psychological and physiological. For myself I find it simple to explain that you will be happier, inside and out! That everyday stresses will be easier to cope with, that you will find it easier to maintain your calm when storms rage around you!
In class there is the opportunity to learn skills and techniques that allow focus and stilling of the internal chatter. This may be the inspiration to further the skills and develop a personal meditation practice. However even a few minutes peace and relaxation, either in class or in day to day life, can provide many benefits.
Patanjali describes Yoga as citta vritti nirodah.(Y.S 1:2). Different ways of interpreting this include;
- is the settling of the mind into silence (Alistair Shearer)
- is the ability to direct the mind exclusively towards an object and sustain focus in that direction without any distractions (TKV Desikachar)
- is the restriction of fluctuations of consciousness (Georg Feuerstein)
- is the cessation of movements in the consciousness (BKS Iyengar)
- is the suspension of the fluctuations of the mind (Gregor Maehle)
- is the neutralisation of the alternating waves in consciousness(Paramahansa Yogananda)
- The present contains nothing more than the past, and what is found in the effect is already in the cause (Henri Louis Bergson)
- is the restraint of mental modifications (Rama Prasada)
- is the cessation of mind (Osho)
For further information on classes, one to one tuition and relaxation/ stress reduction techniques please contact me. Allow yourself the opportunity to relax and enjoy whom you are within.