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Yoga, with its origins in Veda, the oldest record of Indian culture, can mean many things to many people. In essence it is a system that brings unity, a joining together that brings greater freedom. In the words of Jon Kabat-Zinn " yoga is one of the greatest gifts on the planet."
Mindfulness is as Analayo puts it "is bringing to mind what is otherwise too easily forgotten: the present moment." To me this means that when our thoughts, words and actions are set out in the present moment our behaviour can be guided more compassionately. The present moment has a still quality about it and stillness provides better vision.
Somatics, created by Thomas Hanna, looks to educate clients toward a “somatic” perspective, that everything we experience in our lives is reflected in a bodily experience. Connecting at this inner felt-sense level empowers the individual to become more aware of how tension or habitual movement patterns can get stuck in the body and cause discomfort. Then, through tapping into our minds voluntary ability to focus, we can look to re-educate the body to regain comfort and ease.
The practices of yoga, mindfulness and somatics all offer the individual the opportunity to become more familiar with themselves and better connected on many different levels. With this connection comes a greater understanding of who we truly are, and from this how we can choose to make decisions that are beneficial towards our health and well being.