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Articles to support you to live with Presence, Courage and Compassion.

Connections between Yoga and Christianity

Jo-Anne, a Yoga Teacher Trainee (now graduate!) wrote an article on Svadhyaya (self-study/study of the texts) during her 200hr studies or the Yoga Teacher Training 200hr program with The Mindful Yoga School.

She covers an important topic that often brings about separation: can you be Christian and practice yoga at the same time? Jo-Anne's approach in this article is with CONNECTION, as she realises crossovers of Christian and yogic philosophies through reading one of the provided books in the course, Light on Life by BKS Iyengar.

Thank you Jo-Anne for sharing this piece with us - see below for the full article.

Big love,

Erin Lee
Founder, The Mindful Yoga School


I have  'done' yoga for almost twenty years.

However I now realise that I have only just started to 'practice' yoga. Even then, my efforts are fledgling at best.

Until enrolling at The Mindful Yoga School, I had no understanding of the philosophy that sits behind the practice: the...

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Five Reasons Why a Regular Meditation Practice Can Feel So Elusive

By Erin Lee, Founder of The Mindful Yoga School & Author, The Little Book of Big Intentions.

Meditation.

We already know how beneficial it is - if not from the plethora of evidence-based studies around now, then definitely through our own experience with it.

Why is it then, that so many of us experience a block with practicing it consistently?

Meditation is an ancient practice that dates back thousands of years (likely well in train before that too). It’s used to understand the workings of our own mind, through:

  • Recognising and reducing the qualities that get in the way of concentration (single-pointed awareness); and
  • Cultivating skilful qualities that promote concentration and insight.

Why do we want to promote concentration and insight? 

Because it’s a pathway to liberating ourselves from all those obstacles that get in the way of a freer, lighter and happier life. 

Simple, right?

Well….if you’re like the 99.9% of meditation students I...

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Self-Compassion as a Practice of Ahimsa: Yoga Teacher Training Diaries

When Jane - a Yoga Teacher Trainee with The Mindful Yoga School (now graduate!) was asked to submit a paper on Ahimsa for the Yoga Teacher Training 200hr program, she wrote about 'minding my own business' as a practice of Self-Compassion.

Her message is one that I know will deeply resonate, because Compassion can easily slip into attachment IF we are motivated by wanting to fix or change something or someone. When attachment creeps in, we can find ourselves consumed with 'other peoples' business', and expecting a result. It can easily lead to resentment, disappointment and dependent (and toxic!) relationships.

Thank you Jane for sharing this piece with us - see below for the full article.

Big love,

Erin Lee
Founder, The Mindful Yoga School


The first Yama translates from Sanskrit as non-violence, but I prefer the meaning of Compassion.

I’d like to talk about Compassion for Self.

It’s only recently that I can see the full...

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Navigating A Changing World With Mindfulness

Change.

It has always been part of your life.

Right now there may be more of it around than usual. Yet you've navigated change before, and I know you can do it now too.

The biggest step in managing any kind of change smoothly is to NOTICE any resistance you have to it. This resistance part is what often gets missed. When it's missed, we become prone to regrettable reactivity, and unnecessary fear, anger and grief.  

We come to navigate change when we can ACCEPT it has arrived. 

This doesn't mean we have to like it. It's just that we first acknowledge that change has occurred.

It is what it is.

Any resistance to what is will feel constrictive. It might present in your body as tension or as shallow breathing, for example.

Resistance to change may also present in the form of a tense thought or judgement, or perhaps in the rising energy of an emotion like fear or anger.

Sometimes the first sign that we're in resistance to the change that's around,...

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