Mindfulness or awareness is a way of being that emerges out of paying attention, on purpose, moment by moment, non-judgmentally, as if our lives depended on it. It can serve as a doorway into a profound way of knowing ourselves better and for mobilizing the inner resources we all have, no matter what our situation and condition, for learning, for growing, for healing, and transformation across the life span, starting from where we find ourselves, now matter where or how that is.
Mindful-Yoga, a.k.a., “Mindfulness Yoga”
Mindfulness Yoga is a formal meditation practice utilized in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and consists of gentle stretching, strengthening, and balancing exercises, done very slowly, with moment-to-moment awareness of breathing and of the sensations that arise as you put your body into various configurations known as “postures.” It is also an effective way we can learn about ourselves and come to experience our selves as whole, regardless of our physical condition or level of fitness. Although it looks like exercise and conveys the benefits of exercise, yoga is far more than exercise. Done mindfully, it is meditation just as much as a sitting, body scan, or walking practice. Yoga is a Sanskrit word that literally means “yoke.” The practice of yoga is the practice of yoking together or unifying, mind/body connectivity. Actually, life itself is the real yoga practice, and every way in which we carry our bodies is a yoga posture, if it is held in awareness.
Mindful-Yoga.org is grounded in the practice of mindfulness, which is the clear, calm, kindhearted, moment-to-moment awareness of what happens in and outside of our bodies. It’s an awareness of our behavior, both physical and mental.
With mindful-yoga we mindfully observe our body, its position, its movement, its various parts, its sensations, and its impermanence. We observe our feelings and emotions, the constant fluctuations of consciousness, and the way our senses, perceptions, and thoughts relate to our external world.
We practice outdoors and cultivate mindfulness when we hike & 'just be' in the 'mindscape to landscape' connection tapping into nature’s mirror for healthy living. Our hikes may include walking, stretching, sitting, and lying down and by extension we unplug from our daily routine, allow ourselves to relax into nature’s rhythm, and explore the benefits of silence as well as engaging in camaraderie. We can re-ignite our support and appreciation of nature and learn from our reciprocal mind/body connection to the natural world.
Allows us to connect with Nature
Fosters mind/body connectivity for intra and interpersonal health, well being, and community-building