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Yeah, but…

Generally meditation is viewed as one of those things that someone we know has done, or something that we’ve tried a few times, but for various reasons ‘it didn’t work’. People come to meditation for a variety of reasons, but unfortunately, the number that continue a regular practice after that first flush of excitement has gone declines quite quickly.
There are a few reasons that meditation is either avoided or dropped…

“Yeah, but I lack motivation on my own.”

Meditation & More offers support and advice on creating motivation, sustaining it and having the support of a group once-a-month. There is no judgement over whether you have managed to sit every day or not; we share what has worked for us and just as important, what hasn’t worked. This helps reduce the sense of failure and / or isolation that is often experienced. Support is continued with weekly mailings as well as comprehensive notes to accompany each session attended.

“Yeah, but I haven’t got the time.”

Meditation & More encourages you to start slowly – all that is asked from the beginning is 3 minutes twice a day. This has just been extended to a maximum of 10 minutes. This element of time is do-able for most people’s schedule and removes the pressure that is often felt when trying to find 20 minutes or more.

“Yeah, but I struggle to sit still for too long.”

Meditation & More meets you where you are – sitting still for long periods would be a barrier to starting something new for anyone. Practices are offered in bite-size exercises that translate into being accessible without becoming restrictive. Sitting on the floor uncomfortable? No worries you can use a chair. Do you have physical aches and pains? No worries – we punctuate the practice with movement – recognising that meditation isn’t just something that happens on a cushion or chair.

Meditation & More is designed to help you create the meditation practice that is right for you. New practices and methods are introduced regularly so your interest is maintained. All of which enables you to start appreciating the benefits that meditation can bring, such as lowered stress levels, reductions in pain, stress, anxiety and supports recovery in depression as well as improving levels of concentration.

So next time you find yourself saying, “yeah, but…” we’ve got it covered!

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Are You Sitting Comfortably?

Cushions, Blankets, Belts & Blocks

For more than a quarter of a century (gosh, sounds like a long time when put like that), I have been helping people ‘get comfortable’.

At first it was on a massage couch to prepare to receive a treatment, and then throughout the session, to ensure as best I could, they were able to really receive the benefit of the massage as fully as possible.

In yoga, the use of props was often linked more to the Iyengar style of teaching.  However of late, the use of blocks, belts and chairs proliferates through many yoga styles.  For years I have been the proverbial ‘bag lady’ of yoga – armed with bags of blocks and belts and encouraging students to bring not only a mat, but a blanket (so versatile) and in pregnancy, cushions / pillows too.

It’s quite difficult encouraging a student to consider anything more than a yoga mat as necessary equipment for a yoga session.  The effectiveness of their practice can ultimately be measured by how comfortable they felt when being taken through 1.5 hours of movement, sitting and relaxation.  Discomfort, if prolonged, can be the make or break of continuing with the practice.

In Women’s Wisdom Yoga, the use of supports and props is encouraged.  As women, we all too often respond when asked if something feels ok with, “yes, it’s fine”.  In class we don’t want ‘fine’, we want that ‘ahh’ moment, where a woman’s body feels supported and held, therefore enabling her to ‘let go’.

Using props offers greater support and strength; the ability to understand the internal cues your body gives you and being able to respond to them; mental flexibility – rather than avoiding certain elements, you can embrace them, as props create superb opportunities for adaptations and finally, the all-important nourishment from the time you have set aside for yourself.

Why do we put ourselves and our comfort low on the list of priorities?  Consider your comfort right now as you read this…is it simply ‘ok’ or could it be improved?

How wonderful when taking time for some all-important self-care, to treat yourself to a lovely blanket (or two), and to have cushions that ooze beauty and comfort merely by looking at them.  How inviting this makes the practice before you’ve even started.

Claire runs Women’s Wisdom Yoga on Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm.  More details can be found here

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