Why do we do yoga?
Is it for exercise, for psychological balance, for improving mindfulness?
What brings you back to the mat? I'd love to hear your thoughts, so please do get in touch, and let me know.
For me, it’s a source of calm and quiet. Taking time with my yoga practice helps me connect inwards, to withdraw from the busyness of daily life in London.
My first memories of yoga are of practicing Sunyatta (pronounced “shoonyatta”) Meditation – a Buddhist approach, which encourages an empty mind. If you’d like to share the sense of peace and simplicity which first drew me to yoga, here's how:
Sit quietly and comfortably, and close your eyes
Take a moment to settle your breathing
Imagine your mind like a blank page or a wide open sky
No words, no images, no thoughts
Clear, wide and open
If thoughts arise, let them pass, like clouds, drifting
There are no distractions, only space
Each time something comes to mind,
bring yourself back to the empty page
Come back again and again, as often necessary
Return to nothingness
It doesn’t matter how many times you remind yourself,
the beauty is in the noticing
Simply it’s the act of returning to empty ...
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