Awareness or mindfulness (vipashyana or shamata in Sanskrit) can bring inner peace; it is putting meditation into practice in your day-to-day life. With its unique emphasis on the breath and joining movement to breath, Prana Vashya Yoga is an ideal way of putting mindfulness into practice. Mindfulness when practicing yoga asana, then, is moment to moment awareness of everything your body is doing in time with the breath. Such awareness can be transferred into your daily life as you learn to control your attention.
Attention is like a spotlight and what your mind throws light upon shapes your brain. So developing greater control over attention is the single most powerful way to reshape the brain and therefore the mind.
To act with awareness in your daily life is to practice being mindful of all the things that you use to torture yourself with on a daily basis. For example, becoming mindful by abandoning your expectations about the way you think things should be and what others may think of you. By regularly practicing yoga you begin to develop awareness about the way things really are. This helps the mind to transcend, or settle beyond thought, into silence; that most powerful state of awareness.
Damian is an authorised teacher of Prana Vashya Yoga. Damian will be opening a Yoga School at 250 Queens Road, Leicester, LE2 3FU in February 2017. Spaces will be limited so please register your interest by contacting Damian: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 0777 900 1896