Mindfulness has been a buzz word in the health and wellness industry for some time now and I absolutely love that its getting the attention it deserves.
It’s not as daunting (as stepping into a yoga studio can be for many first timers) or as overwhelming (as the idea of meditating for 20 minutes a day can be), but rather accessible to everyone.
The art of mindfulness is the ability to be completely present or aware, without judgement. As simple and as difficult as that.
Once we start to notice and observe the stories and mental conversations we have with ourselves, everything changes. Once we start to practise this observation, we can lovingly detach from these stories, thoughts and emotions and they no longer have control over our lives.
If all of this sounds just a little too much and you have no idea where to start?
Here are a few simple guides:
– Start your morning with some simple BREATHING exercises. Become conscious of your breath, practise equal inhalations and exhalations for 2-5 minutes. Connect to your body, through your breath.
– Practise mindful eating. Treat every meal time as a special and sacred occasion. Sit at a table, without any external distractions (tv, cellphone or laptop). Marvel in every moment, notice the taste, texture of the food.
– Move mindfully. Whatever your choice of movement may be; whether its walking, running, swimming or practising yoga. Immerse yourself in the moment. Immerse yourself in the movement. And if possible, close to nature.
– Practice gratitude, as often as you can, say thank you to nature, people and things.
A gentle reminder that this practise is accessible to you at any time and any place.
It shouldn’t feel like a chore or another “to-do” list item, but rather a natural progression of your holistic health journey!
If you are curious to learn more or need one-on-one guidance let’s schedule a call and book a session together.
Hello lovely human, and welcome to my online happy space.
A few years ago, I was a walking (sitting) cliché. Sitting in my office behind my laptop, in my corporate desk job, I would dream about “one day”… One day, when I would travel the world and do what I absolutely love.
After I graduated from Stellenbosch University in 2009, I spent a large part of my twenties in the corporate world, working for the largest retailer in Africa. The environment and the company were certainly NOT for the faint hearted. In hindsight, it was an experience I learnt so much, and I am seriously grateful for it.
It taught me patience, assertiveness and resilience.
Growing up, I spent many, many weekends and school holidays working in my Dad’s business. So I feel that it’s safe to say I have a good understanding of basic business fundamentals. Combining those lessons with my corporate experience, starting my own business this year was a really natural progression of my growth, career-wise and personally. It has been an exciting and interesting adventure, to say the least!
As I reflect back on my journey over the last year, I’ve realised that The Mindful Movement is so much more than a business and brand name to me. And I am not just “ another yoga teacher”.
Originally, I used the phrase “mindful movement” to describe my own yoga practise.
Then, to describe my style of teaching.
And finally, it has morphed organically into a concept so much greater than I ever could have imagined. All of my life experiences amalgamated into one beautiful movement.
The Mindful Movement.
The Mindful Movement was born out of my belief that everyone can benefit from the beautiful practice that is yoga. It is a concept that encourages people from all walks of life to be a part of a revolution that encourages change and healing. Together we can spread love and kindness throughout the world. Together, we can be kinder to ourselves. This is what The Mindful Movement is all about.
Yoga is starting to touch all corners of the globe, and it excites me to know that there is such a big demand for private yoga classes along Durban’s beautiful North Coast, as well as on an island in Greece. But ultimately for me, The Mindful Movement goes much deeper than that. A portion of all proceeds from private yoga sessions and larger yoga events are put into The Mindful Movement Project, which facilitates free yoga and mindfulness classes for impoverished communities. I collaborate with as many charities, schools and foundations as possible, to host yoga or mindfulness sessions, and in doing so, encouraging the youth of South Africa to be apart of the change and healing we so desperately need.
If you are reading this and know of any schools, charities or corporates that are open minded and hearted, and would like to get involved, please get in touch with me!
To each and every soul who has taught me and trusted me, I thank you. It is because of YOU that The Mindful Movement is possible. Keep an eye out as I continue to share my love and experiences of EVERYTHING yoga, travel, conscious and charitable work.
If you’d like to learn more about my personal story, read it here.