By David RennieAAP/AAP Photo/David RenniaAn alternative yoga teacher from New Zealand has made the transition to a yoga retreat for students and parents.
Professor Jane Smith was initially attracted to the yoga movement as a way to improve physical health and wellbeing and to promote self-care, but was disappointed by the many yoga retreats she had to attend.
“I would always go into the yoga retreat knowing that I had to be careful because the people who came were a bit dodgy,” she said.
“The yoga is a lot about mindfulness and meditation, and they do have a bit of a spiritual aspect to it, so I was really disappointed.”
My yoga practice has evolved over the years, but I don’t feel that I have come anywhere near the spiritual growth that I felt as a student.
“Ms Smith started her own yoga retreat in 2017, and it has since become a popular place for parents and students to practise together.”
We have quite a lot of young people coming in every year, and some of them are a little older and they want to start a new life and take their own life,” she explained.”
It’s about bringing them into this kind of life, because yoga has such a powerful impact on the brain.
“Ms Shrimpton said yoga retreatues could be a great way for parents to teach their children about meditation and self-improvement.”
You might have a little child who’s been going to the same place for a long time and you’ve come to know them very well, but you also want them to feel safe and secure,” she told ABC Radio.”
So a place that’s comfortable and welcoming, where you can go and get your kids into a little bit of peace, a bit more relaxation, a little more mindfulness and some really positive self-talk, could really be the perfect place for them to get into a new and healthy relationship with their own mind.
“Dr Laura Breen is a clinical psychologist and yoga instructor based in Sydney, and has helped hundreds of students to learn to relax and get more involved in their yoga practice.”
Yoga is a great escape and meditation and yoga is an amazing meditation,” Dr Breen said.”
And when you’re in the practice, it’s a very good way to get your mind off of your problems and your life.
“When you get into yoga, you’re really learning to be aware of what you’re doing and what’s going on in your mind and your body.”
Dr Breen also recommends teaching children to incorporate meditation into their daily routines.
“A lot of parents will start their yoga retreat and they’re really struggling with some particular aspect of their life and they’ve got a bit, well, it just doesn’t feel right,” she noted.
“They might find that their yoga session doesn’t quite go to the level that they wanted, so they’re looking for something different and I think it’s really important for parents like that to be able to find that extra bit of self-discipline and just be able really, really calm down and find that balance of being mindful and being loving and loving your body and being really loving yourself.”‘
It is about being happy’Yoga retreats have also been used to teach children about mindfulness, meditation and body awareness, which is a common theme in meditation programs.
“If you look at any of the mindfulness meditation programs that I’ve studied, most of them do involve people taking a deep breath and just sitting quietly, focusing on the present moment, and then moving into a state of calm and relaxation,” Dr Smith said.’
Yogi is a universal language’Yogis language is a unique blend of Western languages and ancient Indian concepts.
“There’s this whole mythology around yoga, and the word ‘yoga’ in Sanskrit, for example, is not only a Hindu word but also the word for ‘living’.”
Yogas language has been used by a wide range of cultures, but also by a few cultures who have never had any idea about what yoga is,” she added.”
That is what makes it so wonderful.
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