‘Mindfulness exercises are ways of paying attention to the present moment, using techniques like meditation, breathing, and yoga. Training helps people to become more aware of their thoughts, feelings, and body sensations so that instead of being overwhelmed by them, they are better able to manage them. Practising mindfulness can give more insight into emotions, boost attention and concentration, and improve relationships.’ Mental Health Foundation
Mindfulness is something that is very close to my heart at the moment. Maybe because it is the beginning of a new year which always makes me look at my life, especially at the things that I don’t like and want to change.
A promise that I made to myself for 2017 was to focus on mindfulness; to be present and to practice the art of quieting my mind from the tiring chatter. I have always suffered from anxiety and unnecessary worry since childhood, this I feel has stayed with me into adulthood. As I am approaching 30 this year, enough is enough, it is time that I do something about it to improve my wellbeing.
At the end of last year Yana and I were invited to attend the Mindfulness class at Battersea Yoga, we had a wonderful time meeting Angus, who leads the class, and experiencing the beauty of what this enchanting place has to offer. Running since 1999, the timetable is full of classes; from different styles of Yoga to Mindfulness and other workshops. Battersea Yoga also hold retreats out of London which are open to all, I am definitely tempted.
To our delight we were invited back again to the class for a beat the January blues workshop. This couldn’t have come at a better time. The place was exactly as I remembered; warm and inviting, with the incredible smell of incense burning, yoga cushions marking out the circle of trust and the most heavenly biscuit tin circulating the room… I devoured 2 milk chocolate digestives!
The class lasts 75 minutes; starting with a self/group check in leading to a guided meditation and closing with a group discussion. (order varies) The meditation is key in this workshop, focusing on the breath and letting go off unwanted thoughts to assist quieting the mind.
Angus led the group effortlessly, offering valuable information that you can take away and think about. Something that Angus said which has stayed with me still, a noisy mind is exactly like a running tap that has been left on, it is highly wasteful.
After the class I felt as though I had just had a full body massage- my body and mind felt completely relaxed and more importantly, I felt present and in the moment.
I am so pleased to have been invited to Battersea Yoga, it honestly was the best introduction to practising mindfulness and meditation combined. I now understand why so many people who practice meditation praise it, as the rewards are life changing. My aim now is to practice it daily, I will keep you posted with my progress.
Battersea are offering unlimited classes for 10 consecutive days to new clients only at £25… madness not to try it.
Thank you for reading.