There are many different paths up the mountain and many different meditation techniques. Here at Yoga Inward, through meditation, mindfulness, and guided imagery, we embark on a process of self-discovery and healing.
Meditation is a large umbrella term that encompasses the practice of reaching ultimate consciousness and concentration, to acknowledge the mind and, in a way, self-regulate it. It can involve a lot of techniques or practices to reach this heightened level of consciousness — including compassion, love, patience, and of course, mindfulness. This practice points to the true cause of the unhappiness and dissatisfaction we all experience. Meditation teaches that the true key to happiness is not external--it's within us.
Mindfulness is the act of focusing on being in the present. Present moment awareness is a way of constantly bringing attention to our internal experiences while observing our sensations, thoughts, feelings, and emotions. The more we practice mindfulness and staying present, the stronger we become within and less at the mercy of our thoughts and emotions. With practice, we learn to identify arising feelings before we are mindlessly swept away, and taken down the rabbit hole of our stories.
Meditation is a journey of self-discovery. With dedication and practice you will begin to experience inner peace, clarity, gratitude, compassion, and enjoy a newfound sense of overall well-being.
Asanas (yoga postures) are the physical component to our spiritual practice. To think of each movement as a meditative state brings our practice away from just the physical posture and begins the journey of the mind looking inward. Mindful movements become a slow dance embracing and merging one element with the other – unifying the mind, body, and spirit and becoming one with creation. In asana practice, the body is used as an instrument to move toward our destination. Each breath, each move guides our attention inward allowing our awareness to come to rest in a very relaxed state of deep stillness and peace. Yoga is an inner experience of the union of the individual self and the universal Self (the true self). Applied in conjunction with mindfulness techniques, yoga is a gentle but powerful form of body-oriented meditation.
There is nothing more relaxing than being in nature. Experience a yoga and meditation retreat in beautiful Paso Robles located on the California Central Coast. This retreat offers spectacular vineyard views (we are not on a vineyard, we overlook a vineyard) and is designed for two. Choose from prescheduled monthly retreats or customize your dates and times. All retreats include lodging in a beautiful 28 foot Airstream trailier with its own private deck. More on Retreats.