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yoga your way @ Fontys Pulsed

Coming from a background of yoga and meditation I have decided to keep my focus on these subjects while doing my internship of applied psychology at Pulsed. Here I am trying to implement awareness in stillness within the organisation and educational programs.

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yoga your way @ Fontys Pulsed

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Especially in times like this - during the whole corona epidemic - there is a lack of social interaction. The missing of breaks from the usual rush and the insecurity of a so many potential things, there should be space for more. More, can be found in everything your daily life has to offer - this can be time for yourself, your kids, your friends, your wife or maybe even just time for nothing.

There is this usual rush in our daily lives where the mind keeps jumping from thought to thought or from task to task. It has become the standard. Which is not bad by itself. Because this happens by itself and we are easily absorbed in our personal bubbles by whatever is going on in our own lives. It happens before we even become aware of it.‍

Becoming aware of your own bubble. Having a moment to retreat yourself and let life sink. Giving both your body and mind a break should in my opinion be a must to release the stress we gather during our busy daily lives. A break, even if it is only for a moment or a minute can help you keep a clear mind. Sadly I see that caring for your own mental health is still undervalued in todays society. I wish to see more people take more time to evaluate what is important to care about. Thinking is an art of itself. We are all artists of our own thoughts. We are in charge of that process.

My name is Shiva and coming from a background of yoga and meditation I have decided to keep my focus on these subjects while doing my internship of applied psychology at Pulsed. Here I am trying to implement awareness in stillness within the organisation and educational programs. I have set up the Mind your Mind training for the students at Pulsed. Mind your Mind creates an environment where students can experience the stillness, while exploring the body and mind connection.

I started my own journey when I got to know yoga at the age of 14. Since that moment I started my journey of getting insights in behavioural patterns, emotional regulation and embracing positivity. First of all, let’s get rid of the whole spiritual hippie-ish idea of eating all healthy, being one with nature, talking to animals and whatever stereotypes surround it. That’s not what I’m talking about. I am talking about - experiencing your own mind and body, exploring yourself in a playful way and just be, being yourself.

As simple as that (note: even though the idea is simple, it’s not easy).

Let me explain.

For me it’s an active and informative way of self-reflection, a way to get to know myself. It grounds me and shows me my ways of doing and being. By practice I can feel how I treat myself at that moment. Maybe I am too soft for myself, too hard or even just perfectly fine. By feeling this, I can adjust the flow for myself at that very moment. Confronting from time to time, but healing. For me it’s a playful way of finding out how the mind work while being connected with your body. This way I experience my own way of peace of mind. 

Through yoga, meditation and other methods I try to give this experience to students.‍

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Shiva Soemeer

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