Suspended three feet above ground with the support of silk hammocks, I’m stretching and pulling my way to stronger muscles while also realigning my body naturally. By the end of class, I feel empowered and even a little proud as I recall the poses I’d achieved that I never dreamed I could master.
By: Miraval's Jes Gale, Yoga & Meditation Specialist
Despite our best intentions, the hard truth of any practice is that sometimes our attention wanes. Boredom sets in. Sometimes so much so that it becomes difficult to actually practice whatever that practice is. With many things, practice and consistency are important. Yoga is no different. In fact, consistency is the foundation on which yoga is built!
Even though we are instructed through yogic philosophy to be consistent and non-attached in our practice, the hard truth is that the practice wanes.
By: Miraval's Alysa Volpe, Yoga & Meditation Specialist
Meditation is not only a practice that increases our ability to gain insight into our own perceptions, expectations and judgements but it is essentially a brain strengthening exercise.
By Miraval's MaryGrace Naughton, Yoga & Meditation Specialist
Why is it so important to be mindful and to practice calming your mind on a regular basis?
The importance of mindfulness is practicing present moment awareness with acceptance. Doing this provides us with the opportunity to be more aware of both our internal and external experience. With awareness comes the ability to choose and respond rather than live habitually or reactively. When we have acceptance of what is, even when it is difficult or the opposite of what we want, we are able to empathize and be kind with our internal experience rather than telling ourselves to ‘get over it’ or that ‘we shouldn’t be feeling what we feel’. This also cultivates our ability to be compassionate with others. When we have acceptance of what is pleasant we are able to bring our whole selves to the sensory experience and enjoy that moment on a deeper lever. Savoring a pleasant experience helps create the memory of it and develops the ability to become aware of pleasant experiences more often.
By Miraval's Casey Shaw, Yoga & Meditation Specialist
Are you interested in practicing at home but feel overwhelmed by to-dos or don’t feel like you have enough space? Setting up a special space for your sacred time with yourself can be a motivation and inspiring first step to bringing your practice into your home.