Mindfulness is a form of meditation practice that focuses on an intense awareness of what you’re sensing and feeling at any one moment. By working to train the mind to be more ‘present’, the body’s natural ‘relaxation response’ can be activated to reduce negative emotions, stress, anxiety and increase positivity and feelings of self-compassion. By incorporating mindfulness into your life, you can also:
Whilst there are many ways to incorporate mindful practices into your daily life, some of the most common ways include:
If fitness is an approach to training the body, meditation is an approach to training the mind. Practicing mindfulness meditation helps you observe your thoughts and feelings, with an intention of simply being aware of each thought as it arises, cultivating inner balance.
If you are new to meditation, try this:
To practice, join one of our daily virtual Meditation or Stretch and Restore classes.
Breath is the direct pathway to the parasympathetic nervous system – your calming, stress relieving, friendly nervous system. By calming your nervous system, you can instantly reduce the fight or flight response in your body and mind, reducing stress, anxiety and tension and fatigue
If you are new to breath work, try this:
Combining Yoga and Pilates poses with both breath work and meditation practice will deliver ultimate mindfulness to your mind and body.
If you are new to Yoga and Pilates or would like to build on your existing practice, join our daily, virtual Yoga and Pilates classes.
As the saying goes, gratitude is the best attitude. Focusing on the things, people or situations in your life you are thankful for will help in cultivating a happier and healthier version of yourself, leading to a deeper sense of fulfillment.
Practicing gratitude also increases your mood and sense of self-satisfaction, lowering stress and anxiety.
If you are new to gratitude, try this:
Walking meditation is a great way to learn to be mindful when you cannot find the time for formal seated or lying practice.
Put simply, walking meditation is the practice of walking with a clear mind, focusing on your breath and the rhythm of your footsteps.
To help maximise your practice, find what helps calm you. Whether it be listening to music to help maintain your rhythm or following a guided meditation on your phone. Breathe in the fresh air and nature to enjoy an easy, accessible mindful practice that can be completed over a quick lap around the block over lunch.
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By Steph Prem, Founder and Head Trainer Rise by Studio PP.
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