Mindful Practice with Maia

Setting a daily intention 101

Setting a daily intention 101

You may have heard the buzzword 'intention' used a lot in recent times, particularly among spiritual types, teachers, and practitioners, and for good reason! So what is an intention exactly? Well, an intention is usually a part of the initial stages of manifestation, and helps to bring about positive or desired changes or results by increasing receptivity through tools like focus, mindfulness and gratitude. It can be something as simple as starting your day by stating out loud something you wish to achieve for the day (e.g. I intend on going for a 30 minute walk today), or it can be...

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Incorporating the elements into your mindful practice

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Incorporating the elements into your mindful practice

Earth. Air. Water. Fire. As far as I can remember back into my youth, I had always held a deep fascination with the elements of nature. I was drawn to books and cartoons with characters that harnessed a power from each of the elements. Each character held personality traits that seemed to neatly parallel with their designated element. Earth characters were always strong, sensible, dependable and grounded (no pun intended). Air characters were fun, free-spirited and quite often the “thinkers.” Water characters seemed to have a deep connection to their inner-emotions and a more flexible, “go with the flow” attitude...

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Letting Go - a simple ritual to start your year on the right track

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Hello again and welcome to another mindful moment with Maia. January is a wonderful time of year as we are able to shed our weighted skins of 2018 and proclaim a fresh and uplifted version of ourselves that we can’t wait to show the world! January can be a time of quiet self-reflection, goal setting, planning and even visualisation of the person you wish to be in the year ahead. I’m sure many of us are familiar with resolutions we make in the New Year and can’t seem to stick by. This is usually because we spend so much time...

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Meditation Tips with Maia - the power of sound

Meditation Tips with Maia - the power of sound

Hello everyone, I’m certainly glad you are here right now because I am so excited to share a new meditation technique with you. This week we are focusing on sound therapy. Before you read on, take a moment to hear what is going on around you. Can you hear cars? People? Birds chirping? Maybe you hear nothing at all. The art of listening, I’m sorry to say, is not practiced as much as it should be. It is a valuable tool to have in your meditative utility belt as it is a gateway to mastery over your six senses. You...

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Pose of the Week - Standing Side Stretch

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Pose of the Week - Standing Side Stretch

Before we begin, you may find that the intensity of this week’s position is heavily concentrated within the groin region and the leg. Though we will be exploring different levels of intensity, I would advise those with leg, groin, shoulder or lower back injuries to proceed with caution – only do what you are comfortable with. Let’s begin our practice today in Mountain pose (Tadasana) and take a few moments to connect with our breath. Take a long, slow inhale to introduce a boost of revitalising oxygen into your lungs – hold it for a brief moment (1-3 seconds) and...

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