Mindfulness is something that many people struggle with. With so much on our minds on a day to day basis staying focused on the task at hand can be extremely difficult. Difficult, but not impossible. There are studies that show a direct correlation between yoga and meditation and mindfulness. Though like anything, in order to understand the idea, you must first understand what is meant by the term Mindfulness.
Being mindful is a moment to moment awareness
Mindfulness is the idea of knowing exactly what you are experiencing while it is happening. It is a moment to moment awareness, it has the quality of being in the “now”. It also embodies a sense of freedom, connection, having perspective and not judging yourself or those around you, but rather understanding or at least trying to. There are many definitions of mindfulness out there, but the one thing they all have in common is that they point to a specific state of mind. A state of mind in which we are focused on whatever we are doing at a particular moment. A state of mind where our task at hand has our undivided attention.
There are many meditation types that have shown to increase our mindfulness. One of the most common forms of meditation, guided yoga, has been shown to greatly increase our mindfulness. This is because yoga is inherently difficult. It requires focus on determination, anyone who does yoga regularly can attest to the fact that many of the poses require your undivided attention to maintaining. When you take this into consideration it should come as no surprise that many experts believe that yoga can increase your mindfulness.
Practice makes perfect
Your mind like any part of your body will only improve with practice. So, when you regularly participate in meditation activities like yoga that require you to keep your mind on the “now” it makes sense that you are moving closer to a state of constant mindfulness. After a while, you will be so used to focusing on what is happening here and now that it will become like second nature to you.