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The Gentle Power of Mindfulness

The Gentle Power of Mindfulness

We live in a very busy world where we are constantly bombarded by the information super-highway. From the time we rise to the time we sleep, we multi-task like octopuses.

Our phones are in always in reach. We listen to the news, search social media & respond to emails.We struggle to keep our houses in order whilst juggling our everyday commitments.

In our rush to accomplish these endless lists, we have lost our connection with the present, missing out on what we’re doing and how we’re actually feeling in any given moment. We have to re-learn how to down tools, switch off & gather our thoughts.

Mindfulness is the practice of focusing our attention on the present moment and accepting it without judgment. It has been found to be a key element in happiness. The cultivation of mindfulness has roots in Buddhism, most religions have some type of prayer or meditation that shifts your thinking away from our everyday thoughts towards an appreciation of the moment and the bigger picture that is life.

Practicing mindfulness can bring improvements to both our physical and psychological health.

Mindfulness improves wellbeing

  • Being mindful makeMindfuls it easier to savour the pleasures of life as they occur. This helps you become fully engaged in activities, and creates a greater capacity to deal with adverse events
  • By focusing on the here and now, we are less likely to get caught up in worries about the future or regrets over the past
  • By centering ourselves we are less preoccupied with concerns about success and raise our self-esteem
  • Being mindful enables us to form deep connections with others

Mindfulness improves physical health

Scientists have discovered mindfulness techniques help improve physical health in a number of ways:

  • Helps relieve stress
  • Treats heart disease
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Reduces chronic pain
  • Improves sleep
  • Alleviates gastrointestinal difficulties

Mindfulness improves mental health

In recent years, psychotherapists have turned to mindfulness meditation as an important element in the treatment of a number of problems, including:

  • Depression
  • Substance abuse
  • Eating disorders
  • Couples’ conflicts
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder

Some experts believe that mindfulness works, in part, by helping people to accept their experiences, including painful emotions, rather than react to them with denial and avoidance.

Join me for my 4 week Introduction to Mindfulness course starting Thursday 5th May where we will explore different mindfulness practices that can help us be more present in and aware of ourselves and our surroundings.

About the author: Sophia Pallaro

Sophia Pallaro

Sophia is a qualified Yoga Teacher. She has been practicing Yoga since 2006 and has been involved with meditation for the last 10 years. While practicing various forms of meditation, she discovered the benefits of Mindfulness Meditation and its direct connection to the body. Yoga, and its endless benefits, was the next step on her path. Sophia completed her Yoga Teacher Training at the Elbowroom under the guide of Lisa Wilkinson, Tanya Fitzpatrick and Marianne Jacuzzi. In her yoga practice Sophia likes to explore a variety of styles from gentle to more vigorous, including Hatha, Vinyasa and Restorative. She has a particular interest in anatomy and its relationship with the mind, and sees Yoga as a wonderful transformational process both on and off the mat. Her teaching style is open and friendly. She values guiding her students into the discovery of body and mind self-awareness in a down to earth manner, making Yoga accessible to everyone. Sophia’s teaching places emphases on a deep connection with the breath, stillness and clarity of the mind, strength, balance and a mindful flow of movement. Her classes include asanas (practice of postures), pranayama (breathing techniques) and dhyana (meditation).

The elbowroom has an extensive range of classes for all ages and abilities. We offer such an eclectic mix to enable you to find something that will suit you. If you need any advice, please contact our class advisor who can point you in the right direction.