Mindfullness, meditation and raja yoga

Mindfulness meditation – and Raja Yoga – deal with the sense of self. (Hardcore Raja Yogis will add the line “…and the sense of Self” to this!)

The sense of self – at the most physical level – is that part of us which mediates between logic and emotions.

When it works well, the sense of self sees both sides and take care of all our needs in the things it does. Mindfulness meditation at Yogafurie in Bristol – and Raja Yoga – study how to be in that space, all the time: how to move forward in the best interests of all.

Yogafurie Academy teacher trainees 2019. August 2019. Photographer Freia Turland e:info@ftphotography.co.uk m:07875514528

What are the Benefits?

The self – where we find the intuitive response that’s just right – can be a fleeting experience. To stay in that space requires concentration, and Raja Yoga at Yogafurie in Bristol specifically includes practices to build concentration ability. When we concentrate, we get engrossed – like when reading a good book, we easily forget what the time is.

Can anyone do it?

Yes. There are no entry requirements! Meditation and mindfulness need a bit of patience, but they also develop patience. So, you’re pretty much ready to start any time you decide you want to.

Is it for me?

Physical Yoga (for instance Hot Yoga) is an excellent way to explore and develop concentration and purpose. A Yogafurie Hot Yoga class typically settles your breath to settle your mind and emotions. Then the teacher calls lots of attention to physical sensation, making physical senses available for rational assessment against a backdrop of quiet emotions. This sets the entire scene for detailed mindfulness practice, and the meditation that comes from it. In many ways, a modern physical class like this is today’s entry point to the deeper practices of Raja Yoga..

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