When we think of the word yoga, often two images come to mind; someone moving their body into different shapes or someone sitting completely still with their eyes closed. Today, we are going to explore a different side of yoga, mindfulness.
Mindfulness is the practice of being aware of what is happening to you at the present moment. During this time you are aware of your body, your mind and your soul. Your senses of smell, taste, sight, touch and hearing come alive.
Mindfulness has a unique way of helping us connect with God as we become absorbed in all that He has created for us in Genesis. We begin to see His goodness, His creativity, His love, His beauty and His grace.
Below is a Summertime Mindfulness Challenge. See how many of these you can accomplish through the summer.
Lie in the grass and watch the clouds
Watch a butterfly move from flower to flower
Smell at least four different flowers
Touch the leaves, stem and petals of a flower
Run your hands over the trunk of a tree (if you choose a pine tree, take a look at the sap)
Sit and listen to the wind blowing
Watch the rain falling down
Listen to the rain hitting against a window
Stand in the rain
Jump in a puddle
Walk in sand
Stand at the edge of a river or lake and let the water splash against your legs
Float on top of water
Listen to a stream or a river as the water flows
Catch a grasshopper or lightning bug (be careful not to squish them)
Walk through the grass barefoot
Feel the sun on your skin (but not too long, sunburns are no fun)
Go to the farmer’s market or pick something out of your garden and enjoy the taste of each bite
Christina Mroz is a Lead Trainer for Holy Yoga Global®, LLC. She leads an array of HYG's specialty trainings from Kids, Pre/Postnatal, Chair/Senior, Weights, Yogalates, Plus, Adaptive, and Therapy Yoga certifications with an emphasis on alignment and accessibility for all ages and abilities. Christina is an E-RYT 200 hour and continuing education provider through Yoga Alliance. She teaches yoga and movement classes in Somerset, WI and through her blog christinamroz.com