Last month we unveiled a new Intro to Meditation course… and it sold out within 3 hours!
This proves that Mindfulness is very clearly on the minds of our community.  But what does it mean to be Mindful?
Here’s what some of the BodyMindLife team think…

A poem on Mindfulness by Azra Mustafa
Yoga Teacher

Cut the threads to ‘doing’
Let go for a moment,
Of being a part of things.
Watch the people around,
Without participating.
Let those that pass by,
Just pass by.
Let things be for a while.
The secrets of the world unfold,
When we simply observe.

Ari Levanael
Yoga Teacher & ‘Boy of BodyMindLife’

“It’s about being fully conscious and present in the now. By training my mind to pay attention to what is occurring moment-to-moment it helps me to know what I’m doing and why I’m doing it

Mindfulness is essentially about opening up my awareness to what is there so I can engage with it fully”

Dar Debrecen
Membership Administrator & freelance energy healer

“Mindfulness is knowing where and to what I am giving my attention. It’s the faculty of mind that alerts me when my attention moves from one object to another.

Mindfulness also means ‘to not forget’ and outside of meditation this ‘not forgetting” refers to our intention, for example, to be present or kind to others”

Carla Sconce
Pilates Teacher

“Everyday I remind myself to be “mindful”. To be attentive to the present, I try to see every interaction as a sliding doors scenario – I can take this way, or that, but each path is valid and is part of my journey.

I’ve always been a glass-half-full kind of person but as a controlling Virgo I have to consciously enjoy the present and not stress too much about future. Instead I choose to be excited by the possibility the future holds, and open to the twists, turns and roundabouts life throws my way”

Mandy Scotney
General Manager & Yoga Teacher

“I love this definition of Mindfulness by Russ Harris: “Paying attention with flexibility, openness, and curiosity”. It’s all about staying out of my head (something I am very prone to do!), being aware of my own reactions and keeping an open, non-judgmental mindspace towards myself and others. I don’t always succeed but I’m on the journey.

Cultivating a mindfulness practice has made an enormously positive impact on my life – I’m so much calmer, happier and more content than I was in my life prior to yoga”

Azra Mustafa Yoga Teacher and Front Desk Staff

After early attempts at netball, squash and running, Azra channeled her energy into cheerleading and traditional Balinese and Malay court dancing! Moving to Sydney from Malaysia in 2006, she immersed herself in work and study until a lower back injury sent her to the yoga mat.

Diving into yoga teacher training at BodyMindLife in 2012, she has since added to her knowledge by studying with teachers such as Chanel Luck, Lorin Toche, Simon Park and Les Leventhal. She credits her yoga practice and discovery of meditation for releasing years of emotional and mental stress, and inspires her students to reach below the surface to find bliss.

Ari Levanael Yoga Teacher

Ari has taught physical disciplines for 20 years. He has a long history of yoga practice, spanning over 25 years, and has studied various styles with renowned teachers worldwide. He now practices and teaches a combination of everything he has learned, so far.

With a passion for creative sequencing, arm balances and movement medicine, Ari brings wisdom and heart to every class. He has taught classes at a number of well-known studios across England and Australia, and specialises in Prana Vinyasa, Vinyasa, Yin and Hatha along with many alignment and dynamic flow based classes.

If not for his expert teaching skills, it's worth checking out one of Ari's classes just to see his tattoos!

Carla Sconce Pilates Instructor

Carla was first introduced to Pilates in 2001 and was immediately hooked. Practising in Sydney, New York and London, Carla completed her certification in both mat and reformer Pilates in 2013. She believes the Pilates focus on posture, core stability and strength makes it an important practice for people of all ages and backgrounds.

Carla's classes are strong and always varied. As a fully certified Personal Trainer, her focus is on form and movement, while encouraging clients to get the most out of their training. In 2015 she added Barre Attack to her repertoire, because she wanted to test herself (and her dance moves!). In addition to working with adults, Carla has completed her qualification in teaching kids yoga, yoga therapy for children, and Pilates for children.

As a healthy living advocate and mother of three, Carla understands everyone leads busy lives but that if we love what we're doing, and nurture our body, we can achieve great thing.

Mandy Scotney Yoga Teacher

With more than eight years' teaching experience, Mandy teaches intelligent and well balanced sequences. She is passionate about assisting beginners at the start of their yoga journey, and newer or more experienced students alike, will find her classes both accessible and challenging. Her intention is always to make sure you leave feeling nurtured, restored and rejuvenated - mind, body and spirit.

Mandy is a perpetual student and has completed more than 1000 hrs of teacher training incorporating a 500 Hour Level 1 and 2 Training with Byron Yoga, 100 hours "Heart of a Teacher" with Maty Ezraty, numerous 50 hour trainings with BodyMindLife, and 300 hours of Yin training from a variety of different teachers. She has had the privilege to learn from master teachers such as Maty Ezraty, Sarah Owens, Judy Krapp, John Ogilvie, Bryan Kest, Les Leventhal, Chanel Luck, Simon Park, and our very own Noelle Connolly. Mandy loves music and has studied kirtan and chanting with Dave Stringer ... so you'll experience some of that magic weaved into your physical practice in her classes from time to time.

She believes that relationships are at the heart of everything we do and, when she's not in yoga pants, Mandy is a counsellor and psychotherapist and the founder of Chirp, an organisation that exists to "hatch a community of connected humans" through workshops, events and private sessions (go to her website for more info).