Journey into Mindful Yoga
In 2011 I attended an 8 week mindfulness course run by a very inspiring teacher, Cathy-Mae Karelse.
It’s easy to be blasé about mindfulness. I thought I was already quite a mindful person, practicing and teaching yoga daily.
Committing to a regular formal mindfulness practice has helped me to slow down enough to be with my direct experience and allows life to be more vibrant, peaceful and exciting.
It’s not all roses though and I’ve found over time that’s ok as well. Being able to be with things or notice things about myself that aren’t so good has allowed me to recognise habitual patterns of thoughts and actions that aren’t allowing life to flow so well.
Continuing the journey, this year I took part in Cathy-Mae’s residential week of training to bring mindfulness into yoga teaching.
Before being a part of this training, I’d used the word ‘mindful’ at lot whilst teaching yoga – “be mindful of your breath“, “be mindful of your body” – I was using the word more as a teaching phrase rather than in it’s fullest sense.