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Meditation

meditation_2.pngA 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.

Mindful Yoga & Meditation

Starts:     Thurs 29th Oct - 26th Nov 2020 (via Live Stream on Zoom)
Time:      8.30pm - 9.45pm
Course:   5wks
Cost:       €65

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Much is known about the benefits of mindfulness and the benefits of movement and yoga, but what happens when you combine the two together?

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 new form of mindful yoga applies traditional mindfulness teachings to the tangible practice of yoga, offering even deeper insights into the mind and a truly life-changing approach to your daily mindful practice.

Meditation & Mindfulness practices are a life changing way of training yourself to simply focus on whatever is happening in the present moment, yet it can be one of the most transformational tools for improving your health and well being.

Through this class, we will explore soothing Breathing techniques (Pranayama), gentle, slow and mindful movements through yoga that will take us to a short sitting Meditation practice where each week, we will explore different Mindful Meditative practices through Intention Setting, Breath Awareness, Gratitude, Mantra, Heart Meditation, Body Scan and Visualisation. Mindfulness is the focus of this entire class!

The class will end with a guided relaxation (Yoga Nidra) you are lying down in the comfort of your own home.

A lovely class if you like a class with a soothing and gentle pace.

Suitable for Everyone!

No experience of yoga or meditation is needed!

Please Note: Not suitable during Pregnancy

 

“Mindfulness is knowing what you are experiencing while you are experiencing it. It is moment-to-moment awareness, has the quality of being in the now, a sense of freedom, of perspective, of being connected, not judging” Guy Armstrong

 

About Sonya

Sonya is qualified with Yoga Therapy Ireland has been teaching yoga and meditation for over 8yrs now to many students in the local community.Classes include a fluid practice using the foundation of breath centred awareness. Sonya is also currently undergoing study with the Masters of Wisdom Certified Meditation Teacher Training with David Ji as she continues her studies to learn and embrace many philosophies and wisdom traditions to introduce these to her students. Daily Meditation practice forms a major part of her life as a busy Mum and teacher.

Sonya classes include a deeply mindful approach to all movement. With a keen interest in Somatic Movement, classes include somatic based movements with an embodied awareness, body mind centering approach that is blended together in a unique way of yoga practice and offers a creative, fluid and grounding practice catering for a complete beginner student to the more experienced student.

These classes also offer a deeply therapeutic approach offering modifications to students recovering from injury or illness. Mindfulness, intention setting and self compassion are central to all Sonya's classes. she endeavours to practice meditation herself daily for her own head space and daily bit of peace. She is very passionate about sharing this amazing practice with everyone. Meditation has transformed her own life for the better and believes it to be a life long tool and as important as breathing and eating our food for nourishment. She believes in helping to make meditation as accessible and easy for our already busy lives! 

 

A little more about Meditation

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.


Mindful Meditation is about:

  • Soothing the body & bathing the mind
  • Learning to sit comfortably with ease. If you are not comfortable, you won't come back to meditate!
  • Learning to sense our breath
  • Completing one task at a time
  • Exploring our inner resistances & obstacles to daily life.
  • Becoming kinder to yourself
  • Becoming aware of your senses & thought patterns
  • Becoming aware of our daily habits. Do they still serve us?
  • How to arrive into "BEing" as less "DOing"
  • Become more reflective and less re-active!
  • Transform the way you see yourself and the world and become the person who were born to be!

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!

There is no wrong way to meditate. The only wrong meditation is the one that we don't practice!

Meditation is for absolutely everyone and a wonderful tool for Life!

 

Physiological Benefits of Meditation:

  • Blood pressure decreases and the nervous system becomes very relaxed.
  • Improves mental clarity and focus.
  • Boosts immune system.
  • Improves memory and learning.
  • Brings about a positive change in brain wave patterns that change how we respond to stress.
  • Muscles become very relaxed and lactic acid is reduced.
  • Many physiological disorders may improve such as high blood pressure or improved sleeping patterns.
  • Helps to improve the symptoms of anxiety, tension or stress disorders.
  • Over time, with daily practice, meditation brings an improvement of moods and levels of well being.

 
"Taking up a formal Meditation Practice by making some time for it each day doesn't mean that you won't be able to think any more or that you can't run around and get things done.  It means that you are more likely to know what you are doing because you have stopped for a while, watched, listened and understood".

Wherever You Go, There You Are - Jon Kabat-Zinn

 

Meditation Meet Ups - Onsite

We regularly facilitate meditation community sanghas every month or so.  Please check our social media sites for dates.  Update: These are not currently running due to Covid.

 

Recommended Resources

Insight Timer App  - Lots and lots of free online meditations

Deepak Chopra 21 Day Meditations 

Davidji.com - A fantastic resource of free online meditations