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Integrating yoga & mindfulness on and off the mat

Hugh Poulton and Sarah Haden talk us through how the integration of yoga and mindfulness offers a kinder and more compassionate way to inhabit our bodies

Whether our yoga form is dynamic and fast moving or slow and measured, the quality of how we listen behind the physical appearance is at the heart of this way of practicing. The softer we learn to listen, the more we realise that what really limits our expression of yoga is not so much the shape we make but the subtle and not so subtle patterns of tension and resistance that are personal to us all. Integrating mindfulness into our yoga reveals how we constantly fight our own body when we are in pursuit of an outcome and ignore its natural capacity and flexibility. It leads us towards the discovery of a subtle mental and physical energy that underpins all our movements bringing us emotional as well as practical support in all that we do.

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Welcome to the May issue of OM Yoga & Lifestyle magazine. This month, we’ve got a big report looking at all things mindfulness. It’s timely and it’s never been more popular, the mindfulness movement is sweeping the land. And for good reason too: many believe that it offers an antidote to the stress of modern day living and today’s culture of being permanently switched on. For yoga fans, the benefits of mindfulness are nothing new, of course. It’s an intrinsic part of the practice, tuning in to the body, softening and quieting the mind to experience the moment and find the flow. Beauty is all around us if we only take a moment to stop and appreciate it. Start right now. Take a deep breath and pause before you dive into OM. Have a magical month, folks, and I hope to see you on the mat real soon.