A short daily meditation practice is proven to help reduce stress in the body and help calm the mind. You will also learn to appreciate the even the small joyful moments in daily life so becoming more content within ourselves. Meditation is not about clearing the mind but learning to shift awareness from busy thoughts to the breath, present moment. Meditation has now been scientifically proven to lower our heart rate, slow and deepen our breathing, suppress our stress hormones, boost our immune system, help us manage pain, expand our sense of well-being and slow the swirling of the mind.
Starts: Thurs 27th May (live on Zoom)
Time: 8pm - 9.15pm
Booking Fee: €62.50 - Live class & recording access for 7 days
Meditation classes are offered by Sonya Harnett, a fully certified meditation teacher and yoga teacher.
Mindful hatha yoga is wonderful style of gentle yoga that is taught at a slow pace and excellent for beginners and all levels of experience. From the comfort of home, these live streamed classes will give the opportunity to take a yoga or meditation class which is designed to help the student to understand the movement in the body, reduce fatigue, improve breathing and most importantly to develop the practice of meditation and relaxation techniques to give the tools to navigate through daily life.
Through this class, the mindful practices of movement through very gentle yoga and meditation are blended offering you the space to focus on the sensation of movement and breath while the mind rests in the present moment. This form of mindful yoga applies traditional mindfulness teachings to the practice of yoga, offering even deeper insights into the mind and a truly life-changing approach to your daily mindful practice.
Through this class, we will explore soothing breathing techniques knows as pranayama, gentle and slow and movements through yoga that will take us to a guided meditation practice where each week, we will explore different mindful meditative practices through intention setting, breath awareness, energy meditations, gratitude, mantra, heart meditation, body scan.
Meditation practice is about pausing, simply observing yourself without judgment in all situations, watching how we respond to each moment. It is about tuning in to ourselves as opposed to "tuning out". The benefits build quickly over time and a "little and often" is the key to reaping the rewards of a daily practice, even 10 minutes a day. Just as we exercise the body to keep it strong and healthy, we also need to take care of the mind to keep it nourished! Meditation practice has been around for over 2000 years and has been a time tested over the centuries to bring many to a place of stillness and silence that is within us all.
Meditation & Mindfulness practices are a wonderful way that can develop awareness and mindfulness of our body, our senses, our minds and how we live our daily life. Mindfulness is about simply observing yourself without judgment in all situations, watching how are. It is about tuning in to ourselves as opposed to "tuning out". It's about accepting all that is human about us! Through a regular practice, we may notice that we are calmer, clearer and more relaxed in how we relate to life around us. The benefits build quickly over time and a "little and often" is the key to reaping the rewards of a daily practice, even 10 minutes a day. Just as we exercise the body to keep it strong and healthy, we also need to take care of the mind to keep it nourished! There are various traditions and methods to meditation.
It is nice to approach meditation with an element of curiosity to find out what method appeals to you along the way. Meditation is a practice that anyone can learn at any stage of life's wonderful journey. Remember, there is NO wrong way to meditate, this is all about discovering our awareness in any given moment.
Learn how meditation is for everyone and explore the MYTH .. "I cannot clear my mind of thoughts" it's not for me! .. Well our minds are designed to think, so as long as we are alive, thoughts are coming! So Meditation will teach us to allow and accept and give us the life tools to focus our attention to our breath or may other techniques to soothe us from the daily swirl of life. It's an amazing tool for life!
I was introduced to meditation about 15 years ago and was always intrigued by it as it was something that I saw my father practice daily but I never started to practice myself until a number of years later. The seed was set though! My life before meditation; I was chronically exhausted, anxious, lost, unfulfilled and just existed daily on some level. I was searching for happiness outside of myself, an exhaustive process!. So once I certified as yoga teacher, a short daily meditation also became part of my own personal practice. Something was beginning to change. The system of yoga was designed over 2000 years ago to bring us to be able to sit in some quietude once the body had moved it's own physical tension away.
My life now after meditation; I can honestly say that meditation has transformed my life! I see the joy in the smaller moments. I don't feel like a "re-action in a body" anymore but feel more reflective, more clearer so I can make better decisions and choices in my life. I have let go of the dreaded multi-tasking that seemed to be honoured by many of us these days! It's too exhausting! So I am delighted to say that I have morphed into a "one task at a time" person! I sleep better and I'm not as anxious as I was as I have now the tools in my meditation tool box to help me come back to my centre.
The pinnicle of my day are my two daily practices where I set the trajectory for my day ahead and also can relax into my evening ahead. This took me time, patience and self-compassion to ritualise! But like all habits, they require a little effort at first. The benefits are HUGE!! My family have come to see it as the norm in my home that I meditate. I was so blessed to be introduced to meditation all those years ago. Through my ongoing training, I am so proud to have now become a Certified Masters of Wisdom & Meditation teacher with davidji meditation academy 285hrs. I have an incredible network of teachers that support me as I will support you! This was an journey of transformation for me and my passion is now to share with you these ancient teachings and wisdoms that form many of the many mindfulness and meditation techniques that are taught today! I have been teaching meditation and yoga classes in the local community since 2011 and many have experienced the benefits in their own lives.
I will teach you how to de-stressify your life and offer you simple and very effective tools so you can bring more happiness into your own daily life. Meditation is for everyone and it's my intention help you awaken and see how you can transform your life, be less self-judgemental and more self-compassionate.
If you to see more about my other areas of teaching and therapies, please see about Sonya Harnett here
We regularly facilitate meditation community practices every month or so. Please check our social media sites for dates.
Insight Timer App - Lots and lots of free online meditations
Davidji.com - A fantastic resource of free online meditations from davidji meditation