As we draw towards the end of 2020, this year for many has been one of change and learning to be adaptable.
On a global scale, we have seen the effects of the pandemic which has had not only economic impacts on a micro and macro level but also mental and emotional impacts as people have had to learn to adapt to changes within their lives such as loss of income, jobs and business closure due to lockdown, for some not being able to see family and friends, home schooling, learning how to deal and operate in a world where we have had social distancing, fear of catching the virus (particularly for those who already have compromised health) to name a few.
I was first introduced to The Yoga of Stillness, Esoteric Yoga, nearly ten years ago by some friends who were practitioners of this modality. Over the years I had already explored many styles of yoga and had been teaching yoga myself for nearly seven.
The practice of Esoteric Yoga, The Yoga of Stillness was unlike any other yoga class that I had attended and I must say it was a game changer for me in that I experienced everything that I had always been looking for in yoga, but had not yet found up until that point.
We have had a lot of feedback from our previous Body Awareness Meditation to offer a longer version. So here it is!
This is a newly recorded 20 minute Body Awareness Meditation that can be done either in sitting or a lying position. A great meditation to do when you are feeling a bit out of sorts, or can be used as an opportunity to deepen your connection with your body.
This is a 9 minute recording of The Gentle Breath Meditation™. This meditation is a simple meditation to support you to reconnect back to a gentle quality within your body through choosing to breath gently. It is a very simple meditation that is great for beginners as well as experienced meditators.
The focus of this meditation is to connect to a quality of gentleness and then when you get up from this meditation and head back into your daily activities, there is the invitation to take this quality with you into your next movements.
Let’s face it, for many of us who live a city life, it is hectic. Sydney is a fast-paced city and there is what seems to be an endless array of things to be done, people to see, places to get to. The feeling that ‘there is much to do’ can leave us feeling overwhelmed, tired and tense in our bodies. We can often feel this is our ‘normal’ and part and parcel of life, but really, is this normal and do we have to feel this way, or could there be another way?
What we have discovered is that there is a way of living where life flows freely, where there is space, ease, joy and a strong sense of connection with the world around us. When we are in this groove and can feel this lovely flow, this is a sure indication that we are living from our essence. When things feel hard, stuck or complicated, this is also a sure indication that we are NOT living from our essence and that we have disconnected from ourselves.
So what is our essence?
Our essence is found in that inner-most part of us which when we deeply connect to our body, offers us those beautiful innate qualities that we then naturally express in and from. These qualities as an example may be sweetness, purity, grace, playfulness, tenderness… and the list goes on.
This is a simple body awareness meditation that is accessible to all people. This meditation can be done in a lying down position and offers you the opportunity to deeply rest and reconnect with your body. This meditation helps to develop conscious presence – that is having the mind with the body.
Read more about meditation and download further free Meditations.
February is a time of the year to pause and take stock of how we have chosen to commence the beginning of the year which will have a direct impact on how the rest of the year unfolds. For most, the summer holidays are over, the kids have returned to school and we are back into our usual work schedules and routines.
To practise meditation, you don’t need to sit for hours a day. It really can be as simple as setting aside 5 – 15 minutes a day.
Choose a time of the day when you can sit or lie comfortably without being disrupted. Begin with bringing your awareness to your breath. Start to focus on feeling your breath through your nostrils.
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About Donna Nolan
Donna Nolan has a love of supporting people to reconnect with their body through yoga, meditation, massage and the Esoteric Therapies. With over 17 years experience as a practitioner, she is dedicated to true health and wellbeing.
About Alexandra Plane
As a complementary health practitioner, yoga and meditation instructor Alexandra Plane is known for her gentle nature, love for people and deep integrity. Alexandra’s love and dedication is towards bringing deep care back into people’s life and the community.