Mindfulness off the Mat
Having spent the last week on teaching and practicing yoga during our 8-day Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training program, it made me realise how wonderful it felt being in the present moment during as many moments as possible in the day.
Mindfulness increases the brain’s connection to each present moment by causing the production of electrochemical charges. These connect the sensory system, to the nervous system, to the glands and organs, back to the nervous system and onto the brain producing sensations, thoughts, calculations, and then attitudes of calm.
Of course, it is wonderful when you are mindful in the moment during your yoga or meditation class, but this year we need something useful during your day and during times of stress or emotional upheaval. Mindfulness is a simple wonderful tool you can use to touch that place of presence and surrender many times during your day.
Tips & Tricks
- Find your Motivation. This is an important concept because in times of stress or need when you want to just go back to your mind pattern of unconscious behavior your initial motive for starting being mindful will help you. Your motivation may be to increase inner and outer peace, more joy, feeling healthy and happy, deepening your relationship with yourself or others, etc. Use your motivation as a touch stone to keep bringing you back to your practice.
- Notice your breath, either first thing as you wake up, last thing at night, while having a shower, before your first bite of food or drink. At least 5 times a day decide to practice a few conscious breaths. Make sure it is the same things everyday, as this creates positive mind patterns that support you.
- When you are practicing your conscious breath, eating, typing or reading, you will become distracted at some point. Do not let this put you off. The mind is a thought producing machine. Let the thought go. This is difficult because we tend to expand every thought with our positive, expansive mind (look at older blogs on the 3 minds). Our mind likes to turn thoughts over, become judgmental, engage us by endless questions which have no answer. Just kindly let the thought go, see if fly off, do not follow it.
- Recognise your thoughts and emotions are just that, you do not have to believe them or react to them. Remember, being mindfulness is being the observer. You shouldn’t be passing judgment, good or bad, on anything including disruptions to your concentration.
- Tune into your senses whenever you start being mindful. Feel the air on your skin, the taste in your mouth, the smell in your nostrils, the sounds around you,etc.
- Score timeout in your diary or daily routine to do nothing, just be. Do not fill up all your time, multitasking. Take pleasure in doing whatever you are doing by being present, even if it is something you dislike like chores.
- Notice where you tend to zone out (e.g., driving, emailing or texting, web surfing, feeding the dog, doing dishes, brushing teeth, etc.). Practise bringing more awareness to that activity.
Mon 30 January 6.15-7.30pm Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7
Tues 31 January 6-7pm Kundalini Meditation @The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Rd, Col 5
Wed 1 February 5- 7.30am Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)
Wed 1 February 3-3.45pm Radiant Kids Class@The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Rd, Col 5
Wed 1 February 7.15-8.15pm Kundalini Yoga @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Rd Col 5
Sat 4 February 5-7.30am Sadhana @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)
Sat 4 February 9.30-10.30am Hatha General Class@The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Rd
Sun 5 February 10-11am Hatha General Class@The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Rd, Col 5