Yoga & Mindfulness

What is yoga?
Yoga is a great way to stretch, build muscle strength and endurance, improve flexibility, build balance, optimize organ function, achieve long-term wellness, access our inner intelligence, relax, and improve the overall quality of our lives.
As the great teacher Krishnamacharya said, yoga helps the body cure what cannot be endured and endure what cannot be cured. 

Yoga is for individuals of all ages and all levels of fitness. I adapt the practice to the individual, not the other way around. Participants of all levels of ability and experience are welcome and encouraged to participate in weekly classes and/or one of the yogic excursions.

Yoga, as presented by FlowSpirit Tours, is independent of religion.

The origins of yoga.
The word 'yoga' is derived from a Sanskrit word meaning “union” or "connection." It is about connecting breath and movement (pranayama), uniting mind and body, and connecting with our universe on a meaningful level.

Yoga postures (asanas)
Each posture, or asana, yields specific benefits to the body.
Practice is specific to each individual participant’s needs and abilities and is completely non-competitive.

Awareness.
Yoga teaches us to be more aware of the physical, mental and emotional aspects of the self. As our connection with our bodies, our thoughts, and our feelings deepens, so does our connection with others. The journey into gradual spiritual awakening may then progress naturally.

Relaxation.
One result of a yoga practice is the sensation of deep relaxation and the ability to better manage physical, mental and emotional stress.

Reasons to begin a yoga practice:
• to learn to relax
• to attain optimal physical, mental and emotional health and well-being
• my physician or physical therapist advised me to practice yoga
• to experience a deeper connection to my true self and to the world that surrounds me
• because it’s fun!

Is yoga for everyone?
YES! Yoga as presented by FlowSpirit Tours is appropriate for individuals of all ages and levels of experience.  
Whether this is your first yogic experience or you’ve been practicing for decades, 
 my approach customize the yoga experience to your needs and abilities.our professionals and will serve you in a manner that is beneficial, attainable and enjoyable. 

  

What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is paying attention in a particular way, on purpose.  In the present moment and nonjudgmental. Mindfulness involves a conscious direction of our awareness. 

Our mind wanders through all kinds of thoughts. From planning something, to being angry about somebody from the other day.  As we indulge in these kinds of thoughts we reinforce those emotions in our hearts and cause ourselves to suffer. Mostly these thoughts are about the past or future. The past no longer exists. The future is just a fantasy until it happens. The one moment we actually can experience — the present moment — is the one we seem most to avoid.

 

So in mindfulness we’re concerned with noticing what’s going on right now. That doesn’t mean we can no longer think about the past or future, but when we do so we do so mindfully, so that we’re aware that right now we’re thinking about the past or future.

Mindfulness meditation.
However in meditation, we are practicing to be aware with what’s arising in the present moment. 
The basic of this meditation lies in Vipassana. Also known as Awareness meditation. 
In this meditation the movement of your belly is your anchor. To be aware of the rising and falling of the belly. Every time you notice your mind wandered around, you go back to this moment. 

For example: At the moment you are aware that you are thinking about something in the past, or something what might happen in de future, you bring back your attention to the belly.
During meditation it happens often you get distracted by a sound around you, an emotion, a sensation in your body. That is very normal. At the moment you are aware of this, you just make a mental note of it, and you bring your attention back to your belly movement. Without judgment.  You keep doing this over and over again. It helps you focus and to come back to the present moment. In this way we create calmness in our minds. And will be helpful in your daily life.

In the last few decades many scientific researches have been made and many have proven the benefits you get from Mindfulness & Awareness.  Mindfulness is not only for reducing stress but has also can improve your overall quality of life, by doing specific exercises.

11 scientifically proven benefits of Mindfulness
1. Mindfulness reduces stress
2. Mindfulness increases your focus and concentration bow
3. Mindfulness increase your empathy and compassion
4. Mindfulness helps you to be guided less by your emotions
5. Mindfulness helps with anxiety
6. Mindfulness increases your creativity
7. Mindfulness improves your relationships
8. Mindfulness relieves aches
9. Mindfulness improves your decisions
10. Mindfulness improves your mood
11. Mindfulness gives you more mental resilience

Once we are more aware of our thoughts, the tensions in our body, how we act, feel and speak, we can make changes. We can let them go, by being aware, acknowledge what is, but doing ‘ into’ it. Just by excepting what is.   By doing this, a more peaceful mind will be the result