Mindfulness in Yoga
My favorite part of yoga is the mindfulness aspect, being able to look into oneself… not to judge or nit-pick, just to be present within yourself- consciously present.
Being able to be present within yourself is a whole lot easier said than done. It takes self-control and continuous practice to better calm the mind, by working with this technique can calm the body and soul too.
With every yoga practice mindfulness is brought into the space. At the beginning of the practices, closing down your eyes, slowing down and evening out your breathing, concentration on the third eye and concentration of what you hear around you at that present point in time. During the moving meditation of your asana practice and finally at the end of the practice as you lay in savasana absorbing the flow of energy you have crated within your body and being present. These are all mindfulness practices. The aim is not to disconnect and become unconscious with oneself, it is to be connected with one’s self at a higher consciousness level.
People this day and age are so disconnected with themselves, I see this everywhere I go. People on mobile phones, stressful environments, deadlines to meet at work, putting too much pressure on themselves to succeed at something that is probably going to be no use them at all in five years time.
Over the last few years I have had time to reflect, work on and within myself to become more present and observant, not only observant in myself but to what is going on around me. Not to say I haven’t had my own stresses in life but finding and knowing how to accept and learn from these life situations is priceless.
By training the mind into this mindfulness, conscious state you can have more control over everything that is happening inside and outside of the body, mind and soul.
1. the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something.
"their mindfulness of the wider cinematic tradition"
2. a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.