The benefits are a more focused and productive mind, and a fitter stronger body. We become less distracted and better able to complete the days tasks.

This class is a combination of relaxed yoga postures and mindfulness meditation. The first part of the class is preparing the body with approachable stretches which helps ease out the tension held in the body. With the body more relaxed, it is easier to take our awareness inside. If the body is uncomfortable, it is harder to let go of it.

We mainly work on opening the hips, preparing and strengthen the back, with some gentle core work and generally stretching to ease the tension out of the body.

Now we have prepared ourselves we can turn our attention inwards. In classical yoga this is defined as pratayahara, which is sometimes defined as sense withdrawal. In practical terms, this means we turn our awareness inwards, and we become less affected by the outside world.

We can then turn our attention to the breath, which helps us anchor our wandering mind. Bringing our focus on the breath to the tip of the nose, and with practice, we are able to hold the mind steady for longer periods. Every time the mind wanders, we gently bring it back to the tip of the nose.

We then begin to draw the awareness deeper. By visualising the nostrils as an inverted v shape, with the apex at the eyebrow centre, we watch the breath rise and fall, entering the nostrils and rising up to the eyebrow centre, and then down again.

The last stage is simply bringing our total awareness to the eyebrow centre. We practice being mindful of the eyebrow centre, and returning our attention every time the mind looks to wander.

The benefits are a more focused and productive mind, and a fitter stronger body. We become less distracted and better able to complete the days tasks.

Martin Thompson.