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.
Starting 2 September: Yorkshire Retreat
Embrace the outdoors by feeling the sea air against your skin while walking along Sandsend beach or sample some stillness in the woods. Finish this retreat with a holistic therapy session at the spa. Available on Sunday to Thursday stays.
5 September: Relax and meditate
Buddhist nun Ani Tselha takes you on a 1½ mile walk along quiet, shady woodland paths in Raincliffe Woods that lend themselves perfectly to her peaceful meditations. Find out more and book this free walk.
9 September: Guisborough Forest Festival
This annual festival showcases woodland crafts and has an additional chill out zone. Learn practices with mindfulness at their core: meditation, yoga and Tai Chi.
13 September: Hayburn Wyke Wander
Join a ranger for a walk in Hayburn Wyke woods, perfect for reflection, and find out how the National Trust looks after this habitat. More details can be found here.
21 - 23 September: Ellerburn Arts and Music Festival
A new two day festival focused on wellbeing, nature and music with traditional crafts demos, wildlife and local history talks and much more in the beautiful surroundings of St Hilda's Church, Ellerburn, near Thornton le Dale
22 - 23 September: Beach Yoga and Mindful Porridge eating
Join Boggle Hole YHA for a Mindful Weekend. The day starts with gentle yoga on the beach (or the boatshed if it rains!), followed by mindful porridge eating. There’s also Zen stone stacking and making beach mandalas afterwards. Places are limited so book early. Call Boggle Hole YHA on 01947 880352 or email Bogglehole@yha.org.uk.
Every Thursday: Yogging
This includes gentle running, yoga postures and relaxation on Sandsend beach. Although active, there’s reflective space while being out in nature. Meet at the lifeguard station at 6.45pm on Thursdays.
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