Mindfulness


What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is about living in the present moment without judgement. You can bring mindfulness into anything you do and anyone can benefit from it. Mindfulness is about mental and emotional well-being. It’s about the mind-body connection. It’s about observing, watching, and examining without judgement or labels, it just is! It’s about being aware of your mental process related to sensory information, the way you feel about yourself, and the world around you. How often is your mind so busy that you’ve forgotten to breath? You’re clenching your jaw and you have to take a big breath in and an even bigger breath out. Have you ever parked your car in your driveway and you don’t even remember how you got there? Mindfulness teaches you to recognize things like this, and allows you to quickly bring yourself back to your body and mind, and become present once again. You can only truly live in the present moment, so start your mindfulness journey today! Learn how to incorporate moment-to-moment observation of your mind, body, and the world around you in order to live a happier, healthier life.

 

What can I expect from a session?

As with yoga classes, we’ll begin with a free phone consultation. This way we can get to know one another better and we can discuss your goals and individual needs for your personal practice. Then we’ll schedule your first session. You can come to my studio, I can come to your home, or we can meet at a location of your choice. We’ll discuss mindfulness, what is it, and how it can benefit your overall health. You’ll learn about the mind-body connection and how to practice mindfulness meditation. We’ll pinpoint what your current stressors are and create a tailored plan to work through each of them. You’ll learn about mindful writing, eating, walking, and breathing. You’ll be given techniques to help you reduce anxiety. We’ll touch on philosophy and you’ll learn how to combat negative self-talk and habitual styles of thinking. This practice will truly transform your life! Learn about additional benefits below, but first a quick note about mindful writing: 

Mindful journal writing is a very powerful life tool. Some of the most successful people in the world swear by journaling multiple times a day. It has been scientifically proven that writing strengthens your immune cells and research suggests that expressive writing may offer physical benefits for people battling a terminal or life-threatening disease. When we write about a traumatic, stressful or emotional event in a meaningful way it can result in improvements in both our physical and psychological health. Expressive journaling can remove mental blocks, reduce stress and help you keep track of your patterns whether negative or positive as well as how much you’ve grown over a period of time. It’s a useful tool for emotional and mental transparency and can help you focus and bring clarity to current or past issues, concerns, conflicts, ideas and goals. You can develop a deeper understanding of yourself and build self-confidence. Writing about a positive event can release endorphins and dopamine which will boost your mood and self-esteem. Journaling can lead you into a state of mindfulness and can bring a busy mind to attention by actively engaging your thoughts. Journaling can help you achieve your goals by providing a psychological blueprint. Writing about your goals on a regular basis can increase the likelihood of accomplishment. Just as yoga, mindfulness, and meditation are themselves a discipline, so is writing. Formed habits breed more habits and can teach you self-discipline. Yoga, mindfulness, meditation and journaling are complementary to each other and can promote healing.[x]

 

Additional mindfulness benefits:

  • Lower levels of stress & anxiety
  • Improve mental health, attention, memory, and focus
  • Improves immune function
  • Lower blood pressure & heart rate
  • Increased sense of connection
  • Prevent & decrease symptoms of depression
  • Improve overall health & well-being
  • Decrease negative thoughts & negative emotional experiences
  • Decrease emotional reactivity
  • Improves realtionships
  • Improves levels of empathy & compassion
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Book your session today by calling 323-849-0039 or shoot us an email jenna@yoginest.com