lmcwhinney

Articles

Image source: mindfulness

Mindful movement: pilates and yoga techniques to de-stress

Elise Watts

Many are seeking the quality of mindfulness in their exercise routine after years of disconnection from their bodies. Having experienced injury or a casual physical regime, a caring, meaningful approach to bring health into their bodies and life is being sought. A change is in the air, and that change is towards a mindful state that they are finding within pilates and yoga. Mindfulness has been described by Bhante Gunaranta as ‘the quality of mind that notices and recognizes’ and Thich Nhat Hahn, Master Zen Monk, describes it as ‘the energy of meditation.’ Becoming mindful is to focus the mind on the present, an ability that is especially valuable, as all we ever have is the present moment.  Pilates, yoga and many other forms of mindful movements, combine healthy exercise with breathing and meditative movement that lower stress levels and soothe the soul. They encourage participants to forget the outside world for a moment and look within for meaning and peace. The wonderful thing about mindfulness and movement, particularly through yoga and pilates is that the only prerequisite one needs to be mindful is to breathe and focus inwardly.

Continue