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”

Ari Levanael Yoga Teacher

As teacher, performer and adventurer, Ari focuses on the uniqueness of each person; the demands of both body and individuality. With a long history of yoga practice spanning over 25 years, Ari is a passionate and dedicated student of the yoga tradition. Having studied and practiced with many respected teachers worldwide including; Maty Ezraty, Bharath Shetty, Shiva Rea, Annie Carpenter, Joan Hyman, Simon Park, Nicky Knoff and Shandor Remete to name a few.

Ari is particularly adept at modifying and adapting the yoga practice for any level and is known for creative sequencing that takes students safely to new levels of exploration. With an approach to yoga that fuses breath in relationship to body movements, Ari interweaves elements of creative mandala sequencing in a style that moves between traditional and explorative, in balanced harmony with alignment principles that create a unique and fulfilling yoga experience.

Currently, Ari holds over 1,500 hours of accredited Yoga teacher-training in various styles, merging the traditional with a knowledge of gymnastics, martial arts and aerial acrobatics. Uniting yoga with these great variety of disciplines and embodying it in personal practice.

He now holds teacher trainings, retreats and workshops worldwide while mentoring the next generation of teachers.

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).