I call my newsletter Mind-Body Connection, because I find that both Focusing and Yoga can be transformative in sensing into the connections that are there between mind and body, and we often don’t see or dismiss.
When we first learn Yoga, it can take a while to move from our need to ‘get it right’, and find out how to make our bodies form a triangle or an eagle, say. Apart from not injuring yourself, it doesn’t matter too much – Yoga can be adapted so that it benefits all people, no matter their age, flexibility, strength, or any other restriction you might think of. It’s for everyone
Our teachers help us find the best way to gain the most benefit from our Yoga postures. And as we move through that, we begin to feel the benefits of our practice. We discover how Hatha Yoga can energise us, calm us, relax us, soften tense areas, bring awareness to forgotten parts of our bodies, and sometimes can heal us – all of which work on the mind as well.
Focusing works in a different (and complementary) way. You may be familiar with meditation (and Mindfulness is one form of meditation), where we pay close attention to what we are doing in this moment, or our thoughts as they come in and out of our minds. Meditation is excellent at this, and helps many people (including me).
Focusing goes further.
Focusing is a very respectful Mind-Body awareness that helps us access the connections between mind and body. And by doing this it helps us release old patterns which can keep us stuck and unable to move forwards in some areas of our lives. Even very difficult emotions can be transformed and you can see them as opportunities for growth.
And Focusing can be a joyous and sometimes spiritual experience.
Focusing has been well studied, and if you’re looking for evidence of its benefits, there is much to read here.
And you don’t need to visit a therapist to learn Focusing. Focusing is taught by therapists, and also by many Focusing Practitioners who are not therapists.
Once you’ve learned Focusing, you can choose whether to continue Focusing with your practitioner, and you can also Focus with a Focusing partner in a peer relationship, or by yourself. So it’s a skill that’s with you for the rest of your life, and doesn’t take long to learn.