At YogaYew we believe when practicing yoga in Daylesford in the nature in the beautiful Hepburn shire, amongst the trees, by the lake or in the studio, it is important to incorporate Mindfulness.
“Mindfulness is awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.”
This is the off-cited definition from Jon Kabat-Zinn, well-known author and founder of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts (who is careful to add that it is an operational definition and leaves out some aspects of mindfulness).
A similar definition comes from psychologist Scott Bishop, who describes mindfulness as a “nonelaborative, nonjudgmental, present-centered awareness in which each thought, feeling, sensation that arises ... is acknowledged and accepted as it is.”
Simple as it may sound, mindfulness transforms how we relate to events and experiences. It creates a more spacious way of being in a world that is less reactive and generally happier.
We do this in yoga by closing our eyes and connecting with our other senses and focus on being present, being in the now on the mat.
We focus on connecting with the breath and letting go of any passing thoughts and being mindful of our yoga practice in nature, in the Hepburn shire, in Daylesford.