Mindfulness and yoga

Combining the practice of mindfulness and yoga is a natural extension of these two practices, which share the same roots. Mindfulness meditation is as much a practice of the body as yoga is a practice of the mind.

Sati yoga, the approach we have been developing at Macalla Farm weaves together the mindfulness teachings of the Buddha (who gave us the term “Sati” meaning mindfulness in Pali) with the teachings of classical yoga as well as 20th century yoga masters such as Krishnamacharya, Sivananda and their students.

It is a transformative practice which aims at developing mindfulness of body and breath through asanas (postures), systematic relaxation, pranayama (breath training), kryas (cleansing practices) and various meditation techniques.

During a Sati yoga retreat, we begin with developing awareness of the breath, through guided meditation, simple pranayama exercises and basic asanas. We learn to notice how mindfulness of breath affects the quality of our physical practice. Using various simple ‘tools’ which allow for the integration of meditative awareness with the physical postures, we mindfully approach more challenging postures from various hatha yoga traditions with the qualities of ease and stability.