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Meditation

meditation_2.pngMeditation is a practice of "coming home"

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.

 

New! Free Event

An Introduction to Meditation to a Happier Life!

When:    Weds 25th Nov (via Live Stream on Zoom)
Time:     8pm - 9.15pm 

Watch the REPLAY here!
 

Join me, Sonya Harnett for a special evening where I will guide you through the benefits of meditation practice and how you can life life a little less stressed and more content!  Meditation is not just for some people, it's for everyone!. I really believe this as we ALL deserve to live the life that we wish for with little more ease and happiness.  This is simply about learning some very easy techniques that you can apply to your daily life. Like everything, it takes time and patience! The benefits are truly amazing!

We will explore some simple meditation techniques and experience how you can settle the mind and body, get a better nights sleep, be more focussed, less self - judgemental and more self-compassionate

 

New Course

Mindful Yoga & Meditation

Starts:     Thurs 3rd Dec - 23rd Dec 2020 (via Live Stream on Zoom)
Time:      8.30pm - 9.45pm
Course:   4wks
Cost:       €52

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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 and 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 thess classes, 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: This class is not suitable during Pregnancy

 

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.


Meditation is about:

  • Soothing the body & bathing the mind
  • Being comfortable. If you are not comfortable, you won't come back to meditate!
  • Witnessing and acceptance.
  • Exploring our inner resistances & obstacles to daily life.
  • Becoming kinder to ourselves.
  • Becoming aware of our senses and 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. Just the one we don't practice!

Physiological benefits of meditation:

  • Blood pressure decreases and the nervous system becomes relaxed.
  • Antidote to our biological 'fight - flight' stress response!
  • 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 relaxed and lactic acid is reduced.
  • Helps to improve sleeping patterns.
  • Helps to improve the symptoms of anxiety, tension or stress disorders.
  • Meditation cultivates self- acceptance, less self-judgement and more self-compassion!

 

“We spend so much of our life in activity…we almost feel uncomfortable just being – but that is huge restorative break in the wild swirl of activity around us – it’s like pulling back the bow in archery – like taking that big deep breath in before you dive into your day.”
― davidji 

My own journey of meditation -  your teacher Sonya

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 wasTT-Logo-single-200x200.jpg 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

 

Our meditation community

We regularly facilitate meditation community practices every month or so.  Please check our social media sites for dates.

 

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