Mindfulness is a way or approach to life that is highly practical and does not require belief in something. It gives you a chance to live in a mode more satisfactory and more whole, more positive and with greater clarity. It brings purpose to our actions and our lives. In action it is the discipline of being aware of what we are doing, how we are doing it and why. It is a way of living that is transformative.
Mindfulness yoga is not just a technique but a way of being that involves presence of mind and responsiveness in our moment to moment lives. Mindfulness Yoga is a tool or a means of helping to develop this quality of being in everyday life. Mindfulness gives us perspective, creates calm and aleviate stress, bring us into more harmonious relationship with people and shows us how to live in harmony with our environment. But this is not all. Mindfulness also has the capacity to transform consciousness. This is the deeper implication of practising awareness or mindfulness. This approach to practice is simple, effective, contemplative and safe. Mindfulness Yoga can be taught to people of all ages, backgrounds and experience. Training as a Bodhiyoga Mindfulness Yoga teacher will give you the skills to tranform your life and those of others.
What is Mindfulness yoga?
Mindfulnes Yoga as taught by Bodhiyoga is a system of yoga based upon classical hatha yoga but with an emphasis that brings into focus an aliveness and presence of awareness to what is going on in our mind and body. Meditation forms an important aspect of Mindfulness Yoga, using traditional seated meditation practice as taught from the Buddhist tradition such as “The mindfulness of breathing” (Anapanasati).
The postures provide the basis for developing a presence of attention through: movement, breath, being aware of sensations in the body and thoughts, emotions and feelings that arise in relationship to the postures. This has a transformative effect when practised over time. The emphasis is on both awareness of body and awareness of mental states and mind. Using a detailed and specific approach to mindfulness we avoid the tendency to be vague and non-specific. We use different aspects of experience: physical, mental and emotional in order to transform gradually our mind and body.
Shakyamuni Buddha, the great enlightened sage of Northern India is quoted for famously expounding: ' All things are preceded by mind, led by mind and produced by mind'.
The way to understand human nature and the way to transform it then, can only be achieved through mindfulness.
Kabat Zinn, a modern exponent of mindfuless has said that: 'mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the moment and non-judgmentally.
Urgyen Sangharakshita a modern exponent of the Buddhist teaching has this to say about mindfulness: 'Everthing must come together in a single rich experience of energy and expressive skill. We are fully absorbed and yet aware of every movement that we make. This heightened state of body and mind in a state of full clarity and positivity is how we should aim to live.'
Teaching Mindfulness yoga
In this training you will find inspiration, challenge and tools to help you learn and grow both as a practitioner and as a teacher. The course is very practical with sound theory underpinning everything. Over the course of the contact hours you will undergo your own transformation that will give you a strong basis for teaching mindfulness through the Bodhiyoga system of practice.