Mindfulness & Yoga for All
MYA Jersey (Mindfulness & Yoga for All ) is dedicated to providing yoga and mindfulness teaching for people that are challenged by their physical or mental health, developmental issues, social or financial difficulties. With the aim of extending the benefits of yoga and mindfulness to those who need it most. MYA also hopes to share the benefits of yoga and mindfulness with the wider community.
Working with carefully selected partner organisations on Jersey, MYA offers easy access, cost-free Mindfulness and Yoga teachings. Courses can be available in a variety of locations in Jersey as well as online, please contact us for further information.
In 2018, a group of Jersey based Yoga and Mindfulness teachers decided to create a non-profit organisation offering free yoga and mindfulness sessions and courses to people on Jersey who would not normally be able to access them.
Increasing research shows that yoga and mindfulness are beneficial to mental and physical health and contribute to general well-being. With increasing rates of chronic mental and physical health problems, holistic, non-invasive approaches are increasingly being recognised as playing an important role.
So what are the meanings of the ancient practices of Mindfulness and of Yoga? How do these two modalities work by themselves? Could you combine the two for a more comprehensive, holistic approach by applying mindfulness techniques to complement your yoga practice? Or indeed practicing yoga to learn how to become still in your mindfulness practice? Either way, practicing Mindfulness and/or Yoga will bring about positive changes in your life.
Mindfulness and its benefits
“Mindfulness is the awareness that arises from paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally. It has been practiced for thousands of years”. – Jon Kabat-Zinn
Mindfulness can help you focus more clearly, which can improve emotional stability and enhance mental wellbeing.
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Improve Mental Health
Regular mindfulness practice offers the opportunity to find better ways to deal with stress, pain, anxiety and many other challenging conditions.
Make Better Choices
Mindfulness allows us to see more clearly what is happening as it happens which enables us to make more informed and wiser decisions in our life.
Mindfulness practice helps us to be more aware of others and our interconnections so leading to greater compassion and understanding.
Mindfulness helps us appreciate many aspects of our lives and become more compassionate to ourselves and others.
Yoga and its benefits
Yoga originated in India many thousands of years ago as a comprehensive system for well being on all levels: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.
Today, millions of people all over the world practice many forms of yoga, improving overall quality of life. Benefits can include improved strength or fitness, stress relief, wellness, vitality, mental clarity, peace of mind and spiritual growth.
Yoga can be safely practiced by everyone regardless of age, strength or flexibility, Yoga is easily accessible to beginners and is adaptable to those with special needs.
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Support Joint Health
Regular yoga practice helps to strengthen muscles around the joints, reducing joint pain, improving flexibilty and relieving stress and strain on the joint.
Yoga focusses you on the moment which can give your mind a valuable break from the day to day stresses and worries. After a while, yoga may help develop a more relaxed internal state.
Increase Self Confidence
The combined physical and mental benefits of yoga may boost your confidence by giving you a better awareness of your body. This can often lead to feelings of self-acceptance.
Quality of Life
Yoga can improve overall fitness, provide stress relief, boost wellness and increase vitality. Regular practice can aid mental clarity, peace of mind and spiritual growth.
On our website and social media sites you will find some practices to try and we hope you enjoy these. However please be aware that you are responsible for your own personal health and safety. If you have any doubts or mental or physical challenges please consult your doctor or other health professional.