Moment by moment real awareness of our sensory state is part of Mindfulness. Ordinarily, we act as though our “self” is what the mind does. So we’ll have a cup of coffee but 10 minutes later, we wonder if it is time for a cuppa. Because the mind can conceptualise so easily, we may feel as though the body drags on us instead of keeping up. Or we might have a disconnect between how the body truly is – older than “we” would like, fatter, less strong, etc. Yet the truth may be that “we” are a psycho-physiological organism and our notion of being a mind that rules a body separate from itself is fanciful. If anything, the mind’s notion of what “we” are is the fancy, that finds no footing in a realist experience of self. Read more at Spiritual Body by Mataji.
Some ways of developing sensory awareness are offered through our body-mind classes, which are small and intimate.
MINDFUL FLOW YOGA
Why get into a downward facing dog? Certainly for the stretch. Also to be mindful as your body moves. But the bigger issue of Yoga is that it is meant to take us into a state of steadiness in ourselves, and great easefulness in ourselves. These classes are about stretching (that's normal) and mindfulness in moving (not so common) and to develop great ease with ourselves (very rare!)
Taught by Danni Brown, Principal of the Australian College of Classical Yoga, and who is a sensitive and versatile teacher.
These classes are small and booking is essential
Time: Mondays 6.00pm OR 8.00 pm
Teacher: Danni Brown, B.Ed.(Deakin) Dip Classical Yoga, Dip Meditation and Mindfulness, Principal of Australian College of Classical Yoga Location: 6A Main St Blackburn
STRENGTHEN ABS AND PELVIC FLOOR
For seniors and taught by a senior - who knows from experience that if we do not pay attention to our abdominal and pelvic floor muscles, we soon become prone to the catastrophe of atrophy - belly sag, and internal organs sagging by gravity... with predictable consequences.
This is not a matter of being thin - it is quite possible to have an ample figure and a good padding of body fat - it is about holding internal organs safe and sound where they started from!!
And if you are not quite a senior yet, good to train your attention where it counts, now!
Tuesdays 10 am
and ease out with a guided Shavasana (Yogic corpse pose....the ultimate antidote to worry)
Find out ways to keep yourself steady in awareness rather than reaction - learn the methods of still-mind meditation, and mindfulness in every day life. 6 week program. Morning session at 10.00am or evening session at 6.30pm
Learn Resilience Flexibility and Problem solving
A two-part, 8 week program that gives you insight into why we are un-resilient and problem-maintaining, and the means to make a difference. 10.00 am - 12.30 pm or 6.30 pm -9.00 pm
A 3 hour still mind meditation. Easier than you think, and the time flies by! Change position whenever you feel the need. Note Precautions
Stillness Meditation Retreat at Bendigo
Meditation retreat focusing on outcomes of meditation. Friday 6th - Sunday 8th September, at Axedale near Bendigo. Places limited
A whimsical glossary of terms related to Meditation, Mindfulness, and Yoga. Get the skinny on what these words and terms really mean. If there's something you'd like explained that's not on here, drop us a line and we'll update it and let you know.