If you take notice of the Yoga instructors you meet, they are all fit, lean, strong and flexible. They also have a lovely demeanour, one that portrays not only in body but in mind as well.
The two practices of meditation and yoga swim so beautifully together in the same river. One helps to merge with the other, freeing us to do these wonderful practices for ourselves. In life we tend to do so much for others, always putting ourselves last.
How often do your thoughts steal away your time? Have you ever been out for a walk and all of a sudden you realise you have finished, didn't pay attention to anything? Your mind has had you engaged the whole time.
Alexis Dennehy, founder of One Natural Therapies has been disciplined all her life with ballet being a focus from the young age of 4. She discovered meditation at the age of 13 with the help of her mother, later on yoga became more of a focus.
This was my answer when I asked the lovely instructor what she would say to people to encourage them to find meditation and yoga to help balance out their lives? "If you feel there's more to you than being a wife, a mother, a career-woman, a body, a mind, a personality...then start the process of unravelling this truth. Yoga can be a way of coming to like yourself or a lifetimes-long adventure".
Alexis facilitates mindfulness meditation that focuses solely on your breath. The particular practice of Anna Panna has you sit or lie down, focus on your breathe, between the tip of your nose and the edge of your upper lip.
Simple? Yes and no.
Your mind wants to keep going back to thoughts that go on and on. The practice has you observe your thoughts but let them pass by, then you focus on breathing in and out, in and out, feeling the sensation that happens as air enters and leaves your nose, which is quite engaging. It helps to turn off your mind, making you the sole focus of your own attention.