In its true sense, mindfulness can be defined as the amalgamation of awareness with intention. This basically means that you are placing all of your awareness to the present moment and doing the task at hand with total concentration without losing your mind to other thoughts. Yoga which is derived from the word ‘yuj’ – meaning unity, is all about the unification of the soul, body and mind. Without mindfulness, yoga remains incomplete since you are not able to unite your mind with your body and soul. In the present day world where life is fast, full of worries, deadlines and tasks, being mindful is not at all an easy task. However, with repeated practice, you’ll be able to accomplish it and bring all your focus to the present. Refer to the below mentioned 10 ways to attain a state of mindfulness in all your yoga sessions.
1. Set a Definite Goal
Before you enroll in a yoga class or a yoga teacher training program, be clear of what you intend to achieve from it. Is it fitness? Is it Spirituality? Be a yoga teacher? Or just for the sake of good health? Being clear on your goal is important for mindfulness as it helps you to remain focused at all times. Even when the training sessions are exhausting and tough, you can remind yourself of your goal and that will allow you to bring back the focus to the present moment.
2. Take a Break from Technology
No doubt, it is the era of technology and it is hard to stay away from our gadgets even for a few minutes. But, that’s what you need to work on if you are aiming for a yoga session with complete mindfulness. Keep your cell-phone in a locker or in your bag and put it on silent mode to avoid any distractions during the class. Only include essential props that you will use during the yoga class and nothing else.
3. Bring Your Focus to the Present Surrounding
Do not start a yoga session in a hurry. Take some time to settle down, close your eyes and try to understand how you feel at the moment. You can also lie down in Shavasana and bring your entire attention to your body. This will help you to get your focus back from other things and start the yoga session with a relaxed and calm mind.
4. Don’t Force Yourself
Remember what we discussed in the first point – it is important to set a definite goal. Yes, it is right, but don’t be too stubborn about it. Allow yourself to go with the flow and most importantly, enjoy what you are doing. If you enjoy what you do, mindfulness wouldn’t be a hard thing to achieve. And when it comes to your goal, you’re already on your path just keep going and stop worrying.
5. It’s Alright if You are Not the Best
It is understandable if you have the urge to prove that you are the best in your class. That is natural human tendency but when you are in a yoga class that is not at all significant. Do not make it difficult for yourself so as to prove you are the best. This will only take your focus away from the main objective of the yoga class. Try to perform to your optimum but don’t push yourself too hard.
6. Overcome Distractions or Anger
When you are in a class, distractions will be there and sometimes they can get annoying. Like for example, it may be the breathing sound of the person practicing right beside you or someone going to the washroom every now and then. However, don’t lose your mind on these things and let go of any frustration or anger that builds up. Take deep breaths, bring back the focus and be fine with the fact that these things happen.
7. Be Self Compassionate
There will be times when it may happen that you are not able to perform a certain asana with ease and comfort while others may be able to do it easily. This doesn’t mean you are lacking in any way. Such things may negativity to your mind but, understand that it happens to everyone and that is where self-compassion is so important. Treat yourself in a manner as you would your nearest and dearest one and be kind always.
8. Put to Use Drishti Point or Gaze
Gaze at a fixed point by bringing all the attention with your breath. This is especially helpful when there the class is packed with participants.
9. Rest when Necessary
Do not push yourself to the boundary if the urge doesn’t come from within. When you feel that you are not up to the task and need a break, take rest and relax.
10. Keep Practicing
All of the above points mentioned need to be kept in mind while you practice yoga. Mindfulness doesn’t happen in a day and it is only with practice you’ll be able to master the art.
Author Bio :
Manmohan Singh is a passionate Yogi, Yoga Teacher and a Traveller in India. He provides Ayurvedic Treatment In Kerala. He loves writing and reading books related to yoga, health, nature and the Himalayas.