MINDFULNESS

What is mindfulness you may ask?

Have you ever driven your car on a long (or even short) journey and when you arrived at your destination realised that you don’t remember much of the drive? Maybe you’ve taken a shower and after getting out, you’re not sure if you washed the conditioner out of your hair. These are examples of mindlessness, of when we are on autopilot. Times when we are not in the present moment experiencing the here and now.

Mindfulness is the practice of being consciously aware of your experience moment to moment. It is the gentle effort to be continuously present with experience. Learning to pay attention to what is occurring in the present moment with openness and without expectation, cultivating an awareness. It’s like anything you do in that it takes practice to become good at it.
One of the best definitions is by Jon Kabat-Zinn, who is internationally known for his work as a scientist, writer, and meditation teacher engaged in bringing mindfulness into the mainstream of medicine and society. He founded the world-renowned Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society and he is also the creator of MBSR – Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.

“Mindfulness means paying attention in particular way, on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally”.
– Jon Kabat-Zinn

There has been huge growth in the research into mindfulness in recent years.  A lot of this research attests to the effectiveness of mindfulness for a range of physical and mental health issues and general well-being.

There are many reputable studies to show that mindfulness is effective in reducing levels of stress, anxiety, depression, anger and worry. People who practise mindfulness on a regular basis have found to be better able to regulate their sense of well-being due to greater emotional awareness, understanding and acceptance.

 

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Some benefits:

Extensive research has shown that developing mindfulness has a significant positive effect on:
• Reduces anxiety and depression
• Reduces tension, anger and fatigue
• Enhances relationships
• Improves sleep quality & quantity
• Develops stronger immunity
• Develops greater self-awareness
• Increases ability to manage stress

MEDITATION

There are different types of meditation that people practice today. At Breathe with Jenn, we teach Mindfulness Meditation, a form of which is included in most meditations.

Mindfulness is the energy of being aware and awake to the present moment. To be mindful is to be truly alive, present and at one with those around you and with what you are doing. We also practice meditation to help us cultivate the energy of mindfulness so to bring this energy with us into our everyday activities.

Mindfulness helps us to calm our emotions, to be peaceful, happy and more equipped to deal with all that daily life throws at us.

Mindfulness meditation can include breathing practice, body scans, awareness of surroundings and more

HATHA YOGA

Yoga is the union of all aspects of an individual: mind, body & soul. The word Yoga comes from the Sanskrit (an ancient Indic language) “Yuj” meaning to unite or join.

There are many different styles of Yoga taught throughout the world today. All of these stem from Hatha Yoga. Hatha Yoga encourages the mind to withdraw from the outside world by the use of Asanas (postures). Asanas, breathing techniques and meditation are all part of modern day Hatha Yoga practices.

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