Heard of mindfulness, but unsure what it is?
Broadly-speaking, it’s about having awareness of ourselves and the world around us in the present moment. So often our mind is caught up worrying – or chewing over things that can create stress, anxiety and can even affect our physical health.
Paying attention to the small things - such as sensing the air around you, feeling the ground beneath your feet, or noticing your breath as you move, can interrupt the ‘autopilot’, give a fresh perspective on life and slow our usual thought patterns. You can be mindful during activity and at rest, and it’s even more effective if done outdoors, as nature has an additional calming effect on the brain.
September is often seen as a month to take stock and start anew, a second new year if you like, so this is a good excuse to breathe and reboot as we welcome in the autumn.
Celebrate Mindful Month with us and feel invigorated in nature with a number of events and activities that will rejuvenate your spirits. Here are some activities to get you started.
Tuesday 3, 10 and 24 September: Yoga by the sea
Join Happy Seal Yoga at Whitby beach. Bring your yoga mat and enjoy an hour of listening to the waves lapping against the shore. Check their Facebook page to confirm each session.
Wednesday 4 September: Relax and meditate
Buddhist nun Ani Tselha takes you along quiet, shady woodland paths in Raincliffe Woods and a hay meadow that lend themselves perfectly to her peaceful meditations and mindful observations.
Sunday 8 September: Mindfulness in nature
Re-connect with nature on a 3 mile mindful walk around Ravenscar. Calm your mind, stretch your legs and drink in the scenery.
Saturday 14 September: Digital Detox Day
Surrender your gadgets and breathe the fresh air at Raithwaite Estate in Sandsend. Start with a calming yoga session followed by a gentle mindfulness walk in the estate woodlands. Enjoy a wholesome lunch and unwind in the spa to finish off the day.
Sunday 15 September: A mindful woodland wander
Reconnect with nature among the trees of Hayburn Wyke on a 2 mile wander. Trees have been proven to calm busy minds and make us grounded. There'll be stops along the way to do a short mindfulness exercise and a meditation.
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