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India Bee Yoga is a values-driven business, currently serving the Boulder, CO and Phoenix, AZ communities.
Mission: To share the tools of yoga, meditation, and mindfulness in order to raise collective consciousness.
Values: Health (physical, mental, spiritual), Community, Quality of Life
Vision: Healthy and resilient people who contribute to a healthy and sustainable planet.
Offerings: Yoga Nidra, Gong Meditations, Corporate Mindfulness, and Leadership Trainings
Giving Back: India Bee Yoga offers weekly "Yoga in the Rainforest" classes at Butterfly Wonderland in Scottsdale, AZ. Proceeds go toward environmental education, reforestation of rainforests, and to protect pollinators. As of July 24, 2017, Yoga in the Rainforest, in collaboration with Butterfly Wonderland and India Bee Yoga, has raised $7,500 for Butterfly Wonderland Foundation.
Mindfulness Prompts A-Z are meant to inspire you to feel fully and really sit with a chosen concept, word, idea, or maybe even color or body part.
This idea was inspired by journal prompts I’ve found so incredibly helpful as an aspiring writer (even if that just means journaling for myself). Many times, I found myself with the inner drive and desire to write, to journal, but I didn’t really know where to start.
Finding journal prompts so helpful, I decided to create a similar tool to be used as mindfulness prompts.
Many people have told me they know mindfulness/meditation is good for them, because they’ve read the science, and that they’d like to have a practice, but just don’t know where or how to start.
Research shows that mindfulness helps us in a number of ways. It benefits body awareness, regulation of emotion, self-awareness and regulation of attention. If you have been contemplating on whether or not you should practice mindfulness, I hope you'll join us on this journey.
What are “Mindfulness Prompts A-Z” and how do I use them?
The Mindfulness Prompts have been organized A–Z. You can go in order, beginning with A, and ending with Z. Or you could simply randomly choose a card of any letter.
Each card has three mindfulness prompts. You will choose one to focus on for each practice. Usually, one of the words will immediately resonate or jump out to you.
* Note: My recommendation is to not overthink the process of choosing the “right” word, but rather allow the guidance to come from an inner place of knowing. Trust.
*Note: Sometimes, we may even actively feel repelled by a word. As my teachers have encouraged me do, I’ll encourage you to challenge yourself from time to time and do the opposite of what you’d normally do. Sometimes we resist what it is that we need the most for our own growth and evolution, and when we push ourselves out of our comfort zone, we grow.
If you have a practice of meditation, I’ll invite you to experiment with the mindfulness prompts to inspire and inform your daily meditation, sitting with eyes closed.
If you do not have a meditation practice, no problem! The mindfulness prompts can be used in any way that feels accessible to you. To begin, take a moment to feel your feet on the ground and take a couple of long deep breaths before drawing a card and choosing your mindfulness prompt of the day.
After choosing, take a moment to reflect on the word. If comfortable, lower the eyes, and repeat the word in your mind three times, noticing all sensations, thoughts or feelings that arise, without judgment.
If a word jumps out at you, and you don't know it's meaning, this a great opportunity to set aside some designated time to focus 100% on reading and learning about the word.
The key with this mindfulness practice is to really allow yourself to be with whatever you've chosen and to simply notice what happens without trying to control or manipulate the outcome. We can learn so much about ourselves when we're able to be the observer of our thoughts and experiences.
As always, India Bee Yoga strives to feel the interconnection of this web of life. Please, join us on Instagram to share your experiences using the hashtag #MindfulnessPrompts, and let us know how you’ve been using these to inspire your personal mindfulness practice. There’s no right or wrong, and we all learn when our community members share their experiences with us.