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Yoga and Mindfulness Tuition in London

Finally the flyers are out…

We offer a wonderful mix of Hatha Yoga, Traditional Thai Yoga Massage and Mindfulness Meditation to help you find peace and relaxation in the present moment and the strength and energy to follow your visions and dreams…

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Find your breath, know your body

Take your time, just to be

In the moment that opens up

So many ways for you to heal

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Grounding Spirits in the Rhythms of Nature …

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Feel the Earth, Listen to the Wind …

Reconnect to the World, the Suffering, the Joy …

Find Peace, Purpose, Stillness in Action …

Love, Be the Change …

Mindfulness

Facing East, I’m calling the element Air into the circle, asking for the power of the sun, sharp precision and focus in my undertakings. I find peace through clarity, the innocence of the infant as the wind blows through the deepest valleys of my being. May purity and truth guide our inspiration and intuition in every moment, in every step.  

It is a miracle to walk on water. The Vietnamese Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh says that the real miracle is to walk on the earth. We all can do that, can’t we? But have we ever actually been present walking on the earth? How do the feet feel on the ground, the wind on our skin? Have we ever been aware of that… and appreciated it? Are we aware of the sensations that a smile brings to our bodies? Have we ever fully listened to one of our fellow human beings, our friends, our children? Have we ever eaten a tangerine?

Adding a handful of loving kindness and compassion to awareness gives us mindfulness – the Buddhist dharma of being lovingly present in every moment and in whatever we do. Visiting Buddhist temples inThailandandCambodiawe often encountered stair steps that are leading to the Buddha statues double or triple as high as the ones in a normal house. Why? I asked. It is not an easy walk to reach the highest, the Buddha, I was told – it is a walk done in full awareness and participation. Every step is a step in mindfulness as we climb the steps of realisation. Every step is of equal importance, is the next possible step, the present moment, … every step is peace.

Only in realising the universality, the interconnectedness of every step in life, only when we put our feet in front of each other in full awareness, in full participation, we’ve actually done a step.

In this way mindfulness is not an idea that is practiced in meditation alone – mindfulness is the tool that lets us be, that makes us live in every moment, that connects us to our surroundings, the world and the people. We can practice mindfulness in every moment: when we breathe, breathing in, I know I’m breathing in, breathing out, I know I’m breathing out; breathing in, I’m here in the present moment, breathing out, this is a wonderful moment. It is the breath that in a subtle way connects us to the outside world, from the moment we’re born until the moment our body passes away. We can practice mindfulness while walking: I’m breathing in and I’m breathing out, I have arrived and I am home, in the here and in the now, I’m breathing in and I’m breathing out.

When the Buddha explained the idea of mindfulness to a group of kids, he gave them a tangerine and made them feel it with their hands while peeling it, feeling the sensations on their tongues while eating it, every sensation in the mouth and through the body. How does it feel to eat a tangerine in full presence and participation?

Another way to practice mindfulness in the modern world is through listening – what Thich Nhat Hanh calls deep listening. Deep listening is practiced by his followers and others all around the world. In our modern world of distraction and individualism can we really deeply listen to each other? Are we able to hear what another person is telling us without building our personal opinion in our heads, already thinking of what we’ll say next? Can we hear what our friend says, can we hear what our bodies say, what the earth says with every movement she makes? To listen is to understand. Can we breathe in understanding, walk in understanding, be in understanding? Can we walk the earth in peace, reconciling with every step we make? Can we be in loving awareness, in full participation, in mindfulness?

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“Watch your thoughts; they become words. 
Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habit. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.”  – Lao Tzu

Who am I and who do I want to be? That is probably a question we ask ourselves quite rarely in our daily lives filled with sensual sensations, movement, media, adverts, daily news, etc. Our restless mind is constantly looking for distraction because that is its nature and the only thing it is used to.

According to Lao Tzu, who we are today is the result of our actions done in the past. The actions we do are the result of our thoughts. So basically we are today what we thought yesterday and become tomorrow what we think today. Are we aware of what we think? Do we observe the processes in our minds? How many actions happen consciously? Is it our will directing us or rather our habit? Did we know that we shape our future self in every moment?

“I shouldn t have done this”, “I m such an idiot”, these are expressions of regret, ignorant of the fact that all of us are evolving being, making mistakes as we go and as we grow. We are constantly moving to the edge of our own being, pushing it, moving through friction to pass into new levels of consciousness. It is there where it happens often unwillingly, unconsciously and effortless. Often however we move away from our potential, into a world of more regret and suffering on different levels of our being. We fail to have our needs met, to identify our feeling and speak them out, to ourselves as well as to others.

Approaching the edge with mindfulness however makes us realise, move on and shape our next step, our next being that evolves out of ourselves. Regret is replaced with patience and effort, ignorance with intention and assertiveness. We know that a positive being evolves from positive thought; affirmative thinking is the force that is pushing the edge. We draw the picture of our new selves as we go with every thought that enters our mind, every word spoken by our mouth and every action done by our hands.