All in the mind
All in the mind

Le Bijou partners with AYLA for a monthly series of mindfulness coaching and activities

Once the province of psychology reviews and meditation seminars, over the past few years the idea of mindfulness has entered the mainstream. There are hundreds of studies demonstrating the benefits, from decreased stress and anxiety, to increased mental awareness, attention and productivity. A study published in ‘The Lancet’ medical journal even found that mindfulness could be as effective as anti-depressants in preventing relapses of depressive episodes (https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(14)62222-4/abstract).

But what exactly is ‘mindfulness’? And how can we incorporate it into busy modern lives? According to Jon Kabat-Zinn, who developed Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programs at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in the ‘70s, “mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.” At its core, this means focusing on, or being mindful of, what you are doing; not letting the mind wander and concentrating on the activity at hand, whether that is a yoga practice, drinking a cup of tea, or simply some deep breathing. This focus allows you to forget other worries and stress and release physical and mental tension. The best part? It doesn’t have to take long.

You can be mindful when eating: focus on taste, texture, smell; mindful when cleaning: notice the details, the temperature of the water, the movement of sweeping; of walking: focusing on each step and noticing your surroundings. It’s simply about slowing down and taking a few minutes each day to focus on your psychological health. After all, you spend time training your body, why not your mind?

And if you need a bit of guidance, Le Bijou has teamed up with AYLA holistic health for a monthly series of mindful learning in the heart of Zürich. The Sunday retreats will each focus on a different topic, with guest speakers sharing their knowledge in the beautiful, and relaxing, surroundings of Le Bijou Lintheschergasse, Zürich.

It’s an opportunity to learn, to immerse yourself in a new practice and escape the hustle and bustle of everyday living. Whether you are already into mindful practice, or just a beginner, you’ll find something to take away from each session.

The first meeting will take place on 28 October 2018 from 10.30 – 14.30, and feature Yoga with Aylin Karadayi, coaching with Ariane Tavakol and mindful eating with Juli Bailer,

About our experts:

Founder of AYLA holistic health, Aylin Karadayi is dedicated to helping others discover integrated nutrition and holistic living. Her yoga style is influenced by anusara, hatha, vinyasa krama and katonah yoga, and classes are characterised by a gentle approach that focusses as much on attuning the mind as strengthening the body. www.aylarealhealth.com

Ariane Tavakol is founder and editor of webzine, Discover Out Loud. The magazine focuses on luxury, but for Ariane, this “is not only the finer experiences (travel, hotels, food, etc..) but it is also the luxury of a life well-lived, a life rich in personal and in-depth experiences.” www.discoveroutloud.com

Former museum curator, Juli Bailer, is a Board Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and a Certified Mindfulness & Embodiment Coach, Yoga Teacher, and Therapist. After starting yoga to help with chronic back pain, Juli started to explore how nutrition could also help improve allergies, skin appearance and general wellbeing, and now coaches others on the same journey.

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