What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness can be described as “The mental state achieved by focusing awareness on the present moment, whilst acknowledging and accepting feelings, thoughts and bodily sensations”.
Mindfulness meditation can help people overcome many health-related issues such as stress, high blood pressure, heart disease, substance abuse, and much more. More relevant to children, it can help them enhance their mental capabilities such as abstract thinking, memory, and creativity. It even helps improve leadership and social skills.
We use the mind, body, emotions and senses to explore our surroundings and be ‘in the moment’. Using the yogic practices of postures, breath and relaxation, together we create a serious of ‘mindful moments’ all aimed at reducing stress, and aiding concentration. Once incorporated into everyday routines, mindfulness is a gift for life.
- Mindful practice can strengthen and build neural pathways between two key areas of the brain:
- The smart brain area (prefrontal cortex) the region of the brain involved with executive functioning and self-regulation i.e. attention, problem solving, memory and impulse control.
- The alarm brain (amygdala) the region of the brain involved in emotional and fright, flight and fight responses.
- This means instead of automatically over reacting to a stimulus we respond in a more measured, conscious fashion.