Even before I started working with Be Embodied, LLC, I would go to hot yoga classes and work through the movements and stretches, and while I was not yet self-aware enough to notice the specific effects yoga had on me, I did notice that I felt happy after the class. When I started to learn about yoga, meditation and mindfulness, especially as a person who has struggled with anxiety, it seems overwhelming. I thought, “How could I ever train my mind to think like this?,” because I was so used to NOT being in the moment, but rather being anxious about the upcoming hours, days, etc. However, I pushed myself to remember mindfulness mantras during difficult times. I started to focus on my breath, take note of where I was sitting or standing, what my body was touching...All things that helped to bring me back to the present moment and made the things I was anxious about seem more so like manageable activities and less so like looming tasks. I felt like I could handle it, and that feeling was (and still is) so important to me. Today, although my anxiety is not nearly as extreme as it was several years ago, I still practice mindfulness and do relaxation meditations to get the most out of my days and to cope with the worrying thoughts that still pop up. Mindfulness and meditation can help clear my mind and refresh me at any time of day, not just before bed. Through these practices I continue to learn new things about myself and have become more appreciative of small, seemingly minute things. I have also learned that it is both normal and okay to struggle with being mindful or doing a meditation, but I can truly say that learning how to inwardly focus my attention and simply sit with myself for a few moments has been one of the most helpful things I did for my mental health.
Mindfulness is all over the media and has become an extremely popular buzzword for both yogis and the general population. I started practicing mindfulness a few years ago as a cognitive behavioral therapy method and I had no idea that I would be making a complete lifestyle change. Mindfulness isn’t just a method for therapy -it’s truly a way of life. It offers a very liberating perspective to carry with you every day. Mindfulness meditation involves paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, nonjudgmentally. This seems simple, but training my mind in this way has allowed me to begin to see things how they really are, and perceive the exquisite vividness of each moment. Developing this clarity has allowed me to gain access to my own inner resources for insight, self-development, spiritual transformation and healing. I discovered so much about myself and made realizations that otherwise would not have been possible. I was able to take back the power of my thoughts, emotions, and behavior. I became happier, my relationships became stronger, and my quality of life changed in a way I never knew was possible. Practicing yoga strengthened my mind-body connection, made me physically stronger and aligned. I was transformed from a very anxious, self-sabotaging, suffering graduate student to a more liberated, balanced, and authentic self. Most importantly, I found a home within myself. It takes a special person to teach mindfulness techniques- someone that truly embodies the practice. Be Embodied, LLC truly exemplifies what it means to be a mindfulness practitioner. Their passion and commitment to their clients in both yoga and mindfulness coaching has changed many lives and will continue to make Western New York a better place.
Mindfulness completely changed my life. I used to be a very type-A personality. I was always living in the past (causing depression) or the future (causing anxiety). Mindfulness allowed me, for the first time since childhood, to really stop and just look around me. To notice what I'm feeling, what I'm sensing in my surroundings. It introduced me to the now, a time in which everything seems more manageable. Yoga also allowed me to get in touch with myself, in the now. With Be Embodied, LLC's help, I learned how to calm my body, calm my breathing, and therefore, calm my mind. It's helped me through stressful situations at work and in my personal life. I can truly say I live a fuller life now that Be Embodied, LLC has taught me about mindfulness and yoga.